"Pioneer Spirit in America." Interviewed on Friday, November 9, the last day of the show, Frederique Mutel, president and CEO of JEC Group, said she was greatly pleased with the quality and quantity of visitors and exhibitors at their inaugural North America show. "The American composites market is dynamic. Innovation is very important and JEC has the mission to present the message. I feel the pioneer spirit within the industry to launch new products."
Mutel said this first show had already become the largest show taking place for the North American composites industry. There were 252 exhibitors from 15 countries. Visitor registrations were still being validated at the time of this interview but was exoected to be in the 5,000 range. The JEC conferences at the show drew large participation. More than 120 papers were delivered as well as 42 posters sections.
JEC Composites' role in detecting and promoting innovation has been established over 15 editions of the JEC Composites Innovation Awards program, honoring innovative products and processes from all aspects of the global composites industry.
The following are the JEC Americas Innovation Awards from 2012:
Innovation: HexMC, a technology based on a new form of discontinuous carbon fiber prepreg to product structural parts by compression molding.
Innovations: A new structural architecture for automobiles starting with Edison2 wheel suspension.
Innovation: Thin ply with bi-angle reinforcement to replace traditional black aluminum structures.
MVC Solcqoes EM Plasticos
Innovation: Schools built with sandwich panels of plastic reinforced to reduce construction period.
Innovation: Solar Floating Resort, the unique building integrated photovoltaic hospitality concept.
Swift Engineering, Inc.
Innovation: A High-Speed Press Cure for a High-Speed Race Car.
Innovation: RecyclamineT epoxy hardener technology alloys to design and produce fully recyclable epoxy-based composite products.
Innovation: VERICUT Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe) improves Automated Fiber Placement
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Cervelo Cycles Inc.
Innovation: The new Cervelo RCA road racing bicycle enhances racing bicycle performance.
Mutel said they JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences will be an annual event. JEC intends to stay in Boston at least for the first three shows (including 2012). The next show will be held October 2,5, 2013.
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IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018
Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies.
The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. [Click here to continue.]
Posted November 21, 2018
NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018
Fiber Publication Acquired. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber News. The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Az., USA. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed. The publications each have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats. The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020. Click here to read the INDA press release on the purchase. Posted October 2, 2018
Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018
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The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.
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