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18th May 2018, Paris

JEC to promote composites at key automotive events

In its aim to promote composites materials, JEC Group will invest in a significant number of composites pavilions at key automotive events in Europe, America and Asia. The first of these will be at Mondial.Tech Paris, part of Paris Motor Show, held from 2-6 October 2018 in Paris. The composites pavilion will include an innovation showcase, expert presentations and networking activities.

The second composites pavilion will be at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on from 14-18 January 2019 and will focus on the same goals of sharing knowledge and developing networking. Additional events, particularly in Asia, are being planned to cover the global automotive market.

The BMW i3 the largest-volume production car ever to extensively use composites for emission-free mobility. © BMW

In its mission to address composites end-use industries specifically, JEC Group, the world leading organisation for the promotion of composite materials, moves up a gear to target the automotive industry. Introduced many decades ago in car manufacturing, and not only for high-end performance models, composites are now offering many alternatives to steel and aluminium, thanks to their specific features, which go far beyond their lightweight properties.

“Today, nearly 2.9 cars are produced and sold worldwide every second. Yet growth potential is still enormous. In value, 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. They 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,” said Ms Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.

“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. JEC Group is moving forward in its strategy to democratise and promote the use of composites materials among end-user segments that, in this case, are OEMs and car manufacturers.”

Although the composites pavilions are organised 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, driving innovation in this sector, the group explains.

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