2006 SAMPE Europe Conference JEC Show Preview

2006 SAMPE Europe Conference/JEC Show Preview

SAMPE Europe will present the "Latest Advancements of Applied Composites Technology" — also the show theme — at its the 27th International Conference on March 27-29, 2006. Departing from previous years' practice, the Conference will not be colocated with the JEC Composites Show at the Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles, Paris, France) but instead has been relocated to the Hotel Mercure, within short walking distance of the JEC Show entrance. The change was made, in part, to provide SAMPE Europe members a more practical and hospitable setting for its technical paper presentations, say conference organizers. The conference start will precede the opening of the JEC show by one day to permit attendees a full day to experience the JEC exhibition, after the conclusion of proceedings.

SAMPE's program will focus on advancements in several categories, including sessions on liquid molding, thermoplastics and nanotechnology (see "SAMPE at a Glance," at right). During Session 10 on day three, there will be a special session dealing with challenges posed by the currently tight carbon fiber supply.

Conference attendees will have free access to the JEC Composite Show and a free shuttle bus service, which will run on the 28th and 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between the hotel and the JEC Composite Show's main entrance. Buses will depart in both directions every 15 minutes.

All conference attendees with full three-day registration also may attend the Gala-Dinner and SAMPE Europe Award 2006 presentations March 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Restaurant le Pavillon Dauphine, Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, in Paris (close to the upper end of Champs Elysées).

JEC Composites Show 2006

Under the banner "Composites for Better Living," the 2006 JEC Composites Show will run from March 28 to 30. Last year, JEC expanded its show floor by 20 percent at the Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles) and drew a reported 900 exhibiting companies and more than 25,000 attendees. In preparation for the 2006 show, JEC has added 1,000m2 (10,764 ft2) to accommodate an expected increase in the number of exhibitors (for exhibitor information, see pp. 25-32). To make room for the greater number of stands, organizers will hold its six JEC forums in the adjacent "Espace 2000" area of Paris Expo. The forums will explore topics in Aerospace, Automotive, Building and Construction, Mass Transportation, Marine and Natural Fibers.

Of interest to SAMPE attendees will be JEC's Aeronautics Forum, moderated by Stanford University's Stephen Tsai, which will deal with "Risk Reduction in Design." Highlights include a report on improved strength predictions for composites, using the Strain Invariant Failure Theory and Element Failure Method and a presentation by the Institut fur Faserverbunleichtbau und Adaptronik (Germany) on microwave-assisted processing of carbon composites.

To register for the SAMPE Europe conference, contact the SAMPE Europe Business Office, E-mail: sebo@sampe-europe.org. For information or to download a conference program, visit the Web site: www.sampe-europe.org.

For more information about the 2006 JEC COMPOSITES show, visit the JEC Web site: www.jeccomposites.com.

SAMPE Europe 2006 At-A-Glance

JEC Exhibitor List