November 15 - 16, 2017


Knoxville, TN


2 Days

Abstract Deadline



JEC Automotive Forums is an international conference focusing on the use of composite materials in the automotive industry. This two-day event offers the exclusive combination of high-end technical presentations and a table-top exhibition, making for the most productive networking opportunities.

Launched in 2016, the first edition of JEC Automotive Forums took place on October 13-14, in Knoxville. With two dozen speakers from all over the world and over 210 attendees, the event presented an extensive overview of the industry through a twofold program. Covering the development of hybrid solutions, the challenges of making carbon fiber affordable thanks to technical sessions, JEC Forums also offered a variety of workshops focusing on light-weighting, CFRP failure analysis and additive manufacturing. Top-level speeches from Volkswagen Group of America, Magna Exteriors, Local Motors, and more were delivered by industry experts keen on pushing composite materials be used to their full potential in this industry.

Day 1

  • Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry
  • Hybrid Structures: Multimaterial Joining Technologies

Day 2

  • Manufacturing Challenges of CFRP and GFRP: How Close is the Breakthrough?
  • New Generation of Composite Supercars: Faster, Lighter, Stronger

Official Partners
JEC Group is proud to renew its partnerships with the following organizations


Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


First confirmed speaking companies

Call for Abstracts

These two full days of conferences offer you the unique opportunity of sharing your knowledge about the latest advances in automotive technologies. Become a part of JEC Automotive Forums and put your research at the forefront by applying for a speaker slot in the following conference sessions.

Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry

  • Meeting lightweight targets towards mass production
  • Part integration potential of overmolding
  • Sustainability: an attainable goal thanks to recycling solutions

Hybrid Structures: Multimaterial Joining Technologies

  • Weld bonding: extending the life of automotive parts thanks to the best of both processes
  • Increased demand for bonded structures: adhesives and sealants furthering vehicle weight reduction
  • The challenge of increasingly complex repairs
  • Developing special coatings for fasteners and carbon laminates to avoid corrosion issues

The Manufacturing Challenges of CFRP and GFRP: How Close is the Breakthrough?

  • Affordable, scalable, and reproducible composites manufacturing
  • Towards competitive solutions compared to metal alternatives
  • Lowering cycle times, developing fast curing resins

New Generation of Composite Supercars: Faster, Lighter, Stronger

  • Advances driven by performance goals
  • Carbon fiber aesthetic: texture, color, surface
  • Will the latest technological advances used in luxury cars lead to generalization for passenger vehicles?
  • Carbon fiber wheels: increasing structural stiffness, saving weight

Apply ASAP and join the leading experts and industrials who will present during this event.

Submit your abstract

Sponsorship / Packages

Diamond Level Sponsorship
Platinum Level Sponsorship
Gold Level Sponsorship
Grand reception exclusive sponsor: prominent signage during the reception
Breakfast & refreshment breaks sponsor: prominent signage during all breaks and breakfast
Lunch sponsor: prominent signage during the two lunches
Your logo on the badge and holder lanyards of each participant
Your ad banner displayed on the online registration form at the top of each page.
Your company mentioned on every communication about the reception
Your logo displayed on the dedicated conferences page of the JEC Group website (40,000 unique visitors/month)
Your logo on meter-boards at the entrance of the Conference
Your company logo on stage
Your logo projected on screen on stage
Full page advert in the program - inside front cover
Full page advert in the program - inside back cover
Full page advert in the program
Your company name in bold and red on the exhibitor’s list of the visitor’s guide
Your logo on visitor’s guide as a Sponsor
Your logo on the email blast promoting the Conference presence to the potential attendees
Ability to distribute directly to conference attendees your flyers, brochures, CD-ROM, DVD, Corporate give-away’s, etc…(to be delivered on site)
1 table-top exhibit
Conference passes

Event Pricing / Admission includes lunches and networking receptions

  • Super Early Bird Rate – Until August 31: $295
  • Early Bird Rate – September 1 to November 1: $350
  • Regular Rate - November 2 to November 14: $360
  • Onsite Rate - November 15 and 16: $395
  • Special Price for Students & Academics
  • Speakers Free

Click here to register

Testimonials from JEC Forums 2016

“The Forum was very helpful and informative, which helps us work with our clients and suppliers. Internally, in our corporation, it also allows us to contribute to the automotive industry, from design to manufacturing to sales/marketing”

Richard Lin - Managing Director ALLINS USA, Inc.
“The JEC Forums Conference on automotive technology was a most productive gathering and setting. We were able to see current customers and meet potential new ones. The quality of the interactions and the presentations was very high. Detailed discussions identified multiple new opportunities. We look forward to this being an annual event.”

Tim Collins - New Business Development Manager AGY Holding Corp - USA
“As an exhibitor of a tabletop display, the communication prior to the show was effective. The show was better than I expected in venue, speaker topics and the full house of attentive attendees. There was sufficient opportunity for networking, and I have gained several promising prospects which I will be pursuing. An added bonus was meeting and getting to know the IACMI members. These “narrow focus” forums with targeted audiences are a great idea moving forward.”

Lynn Venditti - Business Development Associate Technical Fibre Products Inc. - USA
“We thought the audience was good in terms of both numbers and the quality of the attendees, and plan to participate again next year. It was a good idea to hold this in Knoxville.”

Frazer Barnes - Managing Director, ELG Carbon Fibre – UK

Survey / Results

84% of the participants found the conference content good or excellent.

94% of the audience was satisfied with the networking opportunities provided during the event.

Over 90% of the participants enjoyed the location.

Photos from JEC Forums 2016

Event Location

Knoxville, Crowne Plaza
401 W Summit Hill Dr SW,
Knoxville, TN 37902, US

Benefit from a special hotel rate

Download the map of Knoxville

Get Directions

Contact Us