JEC Americas 2014 To Colocate With Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas
The first two JEC Americas shows and conferences were fall events held in Boston — first in a colocation with IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in November 2012, and this year as a stand-alone event that took place last week. The 2013 event featured 341 exhibitors and was expected to attract between 3,000 and 4,000 attendees. Final numbers were not available as of this writing.
Going forward, JEC plans to hold two Americas events annually, with a full show and conference schedule in the spring to focus on composites manufacturing, and a shorter conference-only schedule in the fall to focus on composite design. The spring 2014 event will include the Innovative Composites Summit Conferences, JEC Americas Innovation Awards and JEC Americas Innovation Showcase. JEC points out that locating the show in Atlanta offers a number of advantages, as the city is at the center of a scientific network comprising more than 30 universities and is also located in one of the Americas' key manufacturing areas.
The 2014 edition of the fall JEC Americas Composites Conferences will take place October 28-29, 2014, again in Boston.
At a press conference held on opening day of this year's show, Mutel noted that the Americas are an important area of composites and end product development and manufacturing. Within JEC, 80 percent of members of the Board of Directors are American or represent American companies. The organization maintains an office in Union, N.J., to serve the composites industry in the Americas.
"The Americas are a major global center of composites innovation, and are a beacon for industry players who wish to compete and thrive in the largest worldwide market," said Fréderique Mutel, president and CEO, JEC Group. "Teaming up with Messe Frankfurt Inc. allows a strong presentation of technical textiles and composites solutions that will drive both industries forward."
"Composites are a growing, innovative product segment also for technical textiles," said John Gallagher, president and CEO, Messe Frankfurt Inc. "The agreement allows a blending within the technical textiles and composites value chain — material producers, technology and equipment manufacturers, end product fabricators and composite users."
The partnership is a first for the Techtextil brand, whose flagship exhibition is held every two years in Frankfurt, and which also encompasses four other events in addition to the Frankfurt and Atlanta shows. "We are very happy with this colocation as it is the first time we are working together with another exhibition brand," said Michael Jaenecke, director brand management Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "I am convinced that the industry will appreciate this cooperation, especially in the USA."
October 8, 2013