November 15 - 16, 2017


Knoxville, TN


2 Days

Early Bird Rate

$350 before November 1st, 2017


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

  • Manufacturing Challenges: How Close is the Breakthrough?
    Part 1

  • Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry
    Part 1

Day 2

  • Manufacturing Challenges: How Close is the Breakthrough?
    Part 2

  • Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry
    Part 2

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

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Confirmed Speaking Companies



Conference Program

Welcome Breakfast



Keynote Speech
Major Lightweighting Trends Shaping the Automotive Industry

  • Future trends in lightweighting
  • Opportunities for lightweight materials
  • Market disruptions
  • Business case for Composites

Session 1

Manufacturing Challenges: How Close is the Breakthrough?
(Part 1)

  • > Affordable, scalable, and reproducible composites manufacturing
  • > Towards competitive solutions compared to metal alternatives
  • > Reduced manufacturing and assembly times

3D Composites - The Transition From R&D Materials to the Production Process

  • Production of 3D composites
  • High production rates
  • Enabling transition to automotive

Light and Strong with Recycled Carbon Fiber & Thermoplastic Matrix

  • Challenges of composite materials: high cost investment and longer cycle times
  • Importance of material and manufacturing technology simultaneous selectionto optimize the cost and meet the system target
  • Selection of lower density fibers with adaptable matrix system in order to be produced using existing thermoforming equipment and supply chains

Networking Break

Unlocking the Future of Transportation with 3D Printing

  • Dynamic and versatile manufacturing technique
  • Drastically decreased design
  • Ability to reduce part counts by producing monolithic structures
  • Reduced assembly times

Overview of the Performance of Basalt Fiber in Epoxy SMC

  • Introduction to basalt fiber: benefits, challenges, etc.
  • Comparing basalt to other SMC materials
  • Basalt unlocking weight savings

Intersection of Technology, Analytics, and Simulation and What it Means for Materials Science Breakthroughs

  • Advances in inexpensive and pervasive sensing, coupled with advanced data analytics
  • >Breakthroughs in understanding the material genome

Lunch Break

Session 2

Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry
(Part 1)

  • > Meeting lightweight targets towards high volume production
  • > Reducing process steps
  • > Sustainability: an attainable goal thanks to recycling solutions

Properties of Recycled Carbon Fiber/Thermoplastic Fiber Nonwovens for Automotive Applications

  • Overview of the thermoplastic/recycled carbon fiber nonwoven process.
  • Mechanical properties of laminates compression molded with nonwovens
  • Details on automotive projects based on the use of thermoplastic/recycled carbon fiber nonwovens• Overview of the thermoplastic/recycled carbon fiber nonwoven process.
  • Mechanical properties of laminates compression molded with nonwovens
  • Details on automotive projects based on the use of thermoplastic/recycled carbon fiber nonwovens

How Thermoplastic Composites are Addressing the Broader Automotive Industry

  • A view of processes, technologies dedicated to 5 parts a day up to 5000
  • Innovative ways rethinking the use of thermoplastic composites

A New Generation of Composite Thermoplastics for Light Weight Automotive Applications

  • New styrenic thermoplastic composites
  • Versatile composite solution combining the best qualities for both structural and aesthetic excellence
  • Possibility of thermoforming, back injection molding and decorating in just one processing step

Networking Break

Current and Future Space for Long Fiber Thermoplastic Composites in Large Volume Production

  • Towards large scale composite applications
  • Necessity to decrease material price, develop new processes (quicker, less expensive), new assembly solutions, new engineering tools

New Upcoming Thermoplastic Trends for Automotive Interiors

  • Thermoplastic carbon inserts with top surface quality
  • Genuine interior trends
  • Natural fibers looks possibilities

Automotive Lightweighting: Designing the Car of the Future

  • Major upcoming changes in regards to how cars are designed
  • Evolution of lightweighting and its importance
  • Benefit of having a mixed material strategy
  • Advantages of using engineering software when designing with composites/mixed materials

Networking Reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Session 3

Manufacturing Challenges: How Close is the Breakthrough?
(Part 2)

  • > Lowering cycle times, developing fast curing resins
  • > Design and efficiency
  • > Repeatability requirements

Fast Curing - Automation Capable Prepreg for High Volume Manufacturing

  • New resin and prepreg development as well as the utilization of state of the art compression molding processes for high volume mass production
  • Working example based on a structural B-pillar insert for a high volume automotive application
  • Less than 3 minute part to part cycle time with substantial utilization of existing process equipment

Addressing the High Volume Manufacturing Supply Chain in the UK Composites Industry

  • Increase manufacturing efficiency with minimal impact on design
  • Through-thickness reinforcement in a high pressure resin transfer process
  • Meeting the demanding rate and repeatability requirements of the automotive industry

New Generation of Inline Dielectric Measurements for Carbon Composites Manufacturing

  • Measurements on the SGL SIGRAPREG E420 system
  • Very fast curing prepreg specially designed for automotive industry

Networking Break


Carbon Textile: New Answers to Fulfill Manufacturing Requirements of the Automotive Industry

  • State- of -the-art NCF technology using carbon heavy tow to achieve economical performance
  • Improving surface appearance of body panels by using the appropriate carbon structure
  • Enhancing parts performance with optimized angles NCF

Driving Disruptive Composites Technology for Clean Energy: Simulation of Overbraided Automotive Components

  • DS composite braiding solution
  • Advantages, challenges, typical processes of composite braiding
  • Design Methodology using CATIA Composites Braiding

Exit 865, Your Destination For Composites

  • To Be Announced

Lunch Break

Session 4

Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry
(Part 2)

  • > Reducing costs without sacrificing heightened levels of performance
  • > Glass/carbon hybrid materials
  • > Thermoplastic materials in highly-loaded, structural applications

Mass Production Applications with Tepex®: a Lightweight Thermoplastic Woven Composite

  • Meeting the production volume requirements for the automotive industry
  • Highly-loaded, structural applications
  • One-step, hybrid molding process

Development of a Glass/Carbon Hybrid GLFT Compound

  • Material performance modeling
  • Material replacement
  • Cost/performance optimization

Networking Break

Digimat Multi-Scale Modeling Platform for a More Affordable & Predictable Use of Composites

  • Helping the automotive value chain make an effective and efficient use of multi-composite-material designs
  • Enabling OEMs and their suppliers to engineer lighter and higher quality vehicles using the optimal mix of materials and manufacturing processes

Advances in Thermoplastic Polymers and Composites for Automotive Applications

  • Advancements in materials, technology changes, and innovations in processing
  • Increase in the use of thermoplastics for leading automotive manufacturers

Closing Remarks

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

Exhibit and advertising

Tabletop Exhibit Package
Visitor's Guide


1 table-top exhibit
Listed in the event program
Full page company profile in the visitor's guide and procceedings
Ability to distribute directly to conference attendees your flyers, brochure, CD-ROM, DVD, Corporate give-away’s, etc.
Conference passes

MEDIA products

JEC Composites Magazine Sponsor
1 500
JEC Website & Eletter Sponsor
2 000
Cross media Sponsoring
2 000
Front Cover Banner on all distributed copies of the JEC Composites Magazine
Your flyers, brochures, CD-ROMs, DVDs, corporate give away’s, etc. inserted in all JEC Composites Magazine copies
Your logo on JEC Websites as a Sponsor
Your Ad Banner displayed on all JEC Website during 1 month (Leader Board - 40,000 unique visitors/month)
Your Ad Banner displayed each week on JEC International Eletters during 1 month (Medium Rectangle - 25,000 readers/week)

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 Free
  • Academics $100
  • Speakers Free

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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

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Cut-off date: October 13, 2017

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