High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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show coverage age of 6 percent per year. "Composites are used more and more often to lighten structures, aircraft, and vehicles in general, thus improving energy efficiency," says Mutel. "Innovation is present in each of the steps of the value chain." Producers of raw materials (polymers, as well as carbon, glass and natural fibers) have heavily invested in the research and development of new formulations. "Downstream, at the part manufacturing level, the industry is also highly innovative." The European segment of the 2013 JEC Innovations Awards Competition will culminate in Paris with show-floor displays of products designed and built by award winners and runners up. JEC's "Country of Honor" this year is Turkey, in recognition of its composites presence in the automotive and pipe/ tank manufacturing markets. According to JEC figures, Turkey's composites manufacturers produce about 200,000 metric tonnes (440.9 million lb) of composite product per year, valued at €1 billion ($1.3 billion USD). on day one. Likewise, on day two, one session will focus only on automotive. Early arrivers can take in the Welcome Reception on March 10, in the Hotel Mercure Atrium (finger food and drinks from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.). The event sessions are fully catered on both days, and on March 11, the annual conference dinner will commence at 7:30 p.m. On March 12, SAMPE Europe will provide complimentary shuttle bus service, four times each hour, to and from the Expo gate. Further, conference attendees will receive a free CD of the conference proceedings. Additional copies of the CD may be purchased for €70.00 (approx. $91.00 USD). For more information about JEC Europe 2012, contact the JEC Group; Tel.: + 33 1 58 36 15 01; Fax: + 33 1 58 36 15 15; Email: visitors@jeccomposites.com; Web site: www.jeccomposites.com. For more information about SAMPE Europe 2013 (SEICO 13), E-mail: sebo@sampeeurope.org; Web site: www.sampe-europe.org. SAMPE Europe 2013 A short distance from the Paris Expo, the European arm of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE Europe) will present its 34th International Conference. The two-day event will feature two keynote addresses. The first, geared to SAMPE's foundational aerospace market, will be given by copresenters Nicholas Melillo and Andrew Mallow from The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) on the subject of "Rapid Prototyping as a Tool for Technology Insertion." The other, on day two, will feature a focus on the upand-coming automotive market. Dr. Armin Plath, Volkswagen AG (Wolsburg, Germany) will discuss his paper titled "From Small Scale to Volume Production — How to Make Carbon Fiber Mainstream." Overall, the conference has attracted, in addition to the keynote presentations, 55 technical papers. Aerospace papers are plentiful enough that the sector will have its own, dedicated plenary session Learn More @ www.compositesworld.com See expanded show coverage, including a map of the JEC Europe 2013 show floor and a list of exhibitors and their stand locations, at http://short.compositesworld.com/RV5cZc2o. MARCH 2013 | 33

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