October 13-14, 2016 – Knoxville, TN, USA
ABOUT The Conference
After several JEC Forums editions focusing on advances in design and simulation of composite materials in various industries, for the first time JEC Forums becomes an event entirely dedicated to composites in the Automotive industry. Hosted in Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee and one of IACMI’s lead institutions, the event will bring new developments in automotive manufacturing and materials.
The Automotive industry remains by far the largest market for composite materials in the U.S., rendering it a key player when it comes to innovation and advancements in materials and manufacturing processes. The main challenges: raw material cost reduction, light-weighting, and achieving mass production, are direct consequences of environmental requirements becoming more rigorous as concern about carbon emissions grows.
Choosing Knoxville as a location for JEC Forums’ International Conference on Automotive Technologies was an obvious decision considering its strategic position in the composites industry. Indeed, the University of Tennessee situated in Knoxville is one of the lead institutions that are part of IACMI, whose main focuses and trends are automotive manufacturing. The latter fits perfectly with the kind of knowledge JEC Forums aims to bring to this conference event, and with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) only a few miles away, their Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at the forefront of innovation and research, is within very easy access.
JEC Forums 2016 will take place at the Crowne Plaza. It is in close proximity with organizations such as Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and University of Tennessee Knoxville, and is within easy walking distance of Old City, Market Square, etc. After having spent time sharing knowledge and networking at the JEC Forums International Conference on Automotive Technologies, enjoy the Knoxville area and seize the opportunity to attend the football game on October 15th at the University of Tennessee.