JEC Group to highlight latest composites technologies at upcoming international auto industry events
Composites pavilions are organized by JEC Group and supported by major composites manufacturers will showcase composites solutions for the automotive industry.
JEC Group (Paris, France) announced May 28, it invest in composites pavilions at key automotive events in Europe, America and Asia.
“The automotive industry makes up 20% of the total composites market with promising opportunities for lighter, stronger and more efficient materials in the years to come,” says Ms. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO. “[Composites] offer new design opportunities, enable a reduction in tooling investment and allow several functions to be integrated in one, on top of their corrosion and impact resistance. Furthermore, composite materials contribute to the development of a new generation of cars, offering innovative battery integration solutions for electric vehicles, as well as a new generation of fuel storage tanks for hydrogen-powered vehicles.”
The first of the JEC organized pavilions will be at Mondial.Tech Paris, part of Paris Motor Show, held October 2-6, 2018 in Paris, France. The composites pavilion will include an innovation showcase, presentations and networking activities. The second composites pavilion will be at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, US January 14-18, 2019. Additional events, particularly in Asia, are being planned to cover the global automotive market.
Although the composites pavilions are organized by JEC Group, they will be supported by major composites manufacturers. These combined efforts will enable stands to showcase several solutions provided by composites for the automotive industry.
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