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Interview with JEC President Frederique Mutel

by David Trumbull, Agathon Associates

Frédérique Mutel

October 4, 2013

It was a pleasure to welcome Ms. Frédérique Mutel and the JEC Conference to my town, Boston. This is JEC's second annual conference and show in Boston and Ms. Mutel pronounced herself, "very satisfied with the results in all aspects."

In particular she was pleased with how the exhibitors and conference speakers were successfully increasing the breadth and depth of knowledge of the composites industry and the many applications for composites. Secondly, the conference and show provide a much needed venue for networking with the industry, especially as it brings together industry professionals from all around the globe.


JEC is a fairly recent active participant in the North American market, having opened their America office in 2011. Clearly, JEC had identified a need in North America, as the audited circulation numbers for JEC Magazine show a near doubling among qualified readers since that 2011 entry. Canada, Mexico, and the United States collectively now account for one-third of their 34,000 readers. Ms. Mutel was pleased with the strong attendance at the show, which she attributed to the "unique opportunity it offers for American, European, and Asian professionals to network."
My interview with Ms. Mutel came just two days after the grand announcement that JEC Composites and Messe Frankfurt are co-locating the JEC Americas Composite Show and Techtextil North America in Atlanta, May 13 - 15, 2014.


The announcement prompted some industries observes to question how the two organizations, which in Europe are something of competitors, will work together in North America. Ms. Mutel explained that, "The two regions are very different. Europe, America, and Asia each has its own distinct composites industry and market."


In Europe both organizations, she said, are strong and well-established and the European market for composites is mature. Compared to Europe, the composites industry and markets in America are newer, and co-operation with the Messe will help bring all components of the industry together to thrive in North America. Techtextil and JEC Composites are both large shows and, combined, they bring in "the whole spectrum of the value chain."


JEC will bring to Techtextil many of the end users of technical textiles such as aerospace, boats, panels for buildings, safety and security products, and even consumer products such as golf clubs and tennis rackets. "End users will have the chance to see what is upstream, while technical textile manufacturers will get better acquainted with the downstream in the product chain," she stated.
This is the first of what Ms. Mutel hopes will be many such joint efforts with Techtextil in North America. The shows will continue as separate events, but, at least for May 2014, they will be sited side-by-side.

Additionally, the two organizations are exploring possibilities for a joint conference at the Atlanta events. JEC's Boston conference will be held in October again next year but without a trade show and with an emphasis on science.
While JEC is currently focusing on North America as a growth area, Ms. Mutel is not neglecting the rest of the world, and mentioned that emerging markets may be JEC's next new area for growth. In the meantime, time to start making your plans to attend JEC Europe Composites Show and Convention, March 11 - 13, 2014, in Paris.


Mr. Trumbull is the principal of Agathon Associates, consulting in textiles and trade. He can be reached in Boston at +1-617-237-6008 or Washing at +1-202-657-6008 or by email at

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