June 27-28, 2018


Chicago, IL


2 days

Regular Rate

$550 before June 26, 2018

Event Presentation

The Future of Composites in Transportation is a unique two-day event combining Business and Networking.

Enjoy an exhibition area with many features: B2B Meetings, Innovation Hub, Posters Zone, Job Center, Education & Skills Village, Exhibitors Reception.

Access to the exhibition area is free of charge.

Take part in our two-day Transportation Symposium: high-level conference sessions with presentations from renowned speakers from all over the world. The Symposium is tailored to professionals willing to increase their knowledge on the potential of composite materials use in Ground Transportation. Key thematics will be discussed, such as:

  • Reaching lightweight performance at affordable costs for vehicles of the future.
  • Incorporating recycled carbon fiber for greener transportation means.
  • Combining performance and safety by prioritizing fire retardancy developments for mass transit.
  • Making large scale production possible with effective manufacturing techniques.

Enjoy an exhibition area during the 2 days of the event with 1000+ expected participants and 150+ participating companies.

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Confirmed Speaking Companies

Event Keynote Speech

Martin Bigras

New Material Development for Rail Applications

  • Why composite materials are a great fit for the rail industry
  • Challenges and issues faced by composites in rail applications, and envisioned solutions to further their integration into this industry
  • Overview of already existing composite parts in rail and future applications
  • How composites can help develop rail more in the U.S.

Symposium Program

Lightweighting, improving performance and energy efficiency, customized designs, are only a few of the key challenges composites materials can, and will, help answer. Their exceptional properties ensure they will be an essential part of the future of the transportation industry.

The Transportation Symposium will be composed of 4 sessions:

  • Composites: a First-Rate Solution for Transportation
  • Improving Performance and Efficiency - Part 1
  • Improving Performance and Efficiency - Part 2
  • Manufacturing: Lowering Assembly Time and Costs

Symposium Keynote Speech

Andrew Pontius

Composites in the Clean Mobility Future

  • How can we use composite materials to shape the future of clean mobility?
  • What composites applications in the future of clean mobility?
  • What comes next? An outlook on composite materials in the future of clean mobility.


Composites: a First-Rate Solution for Transportation

  • Lightweight performance
  • Resistance to extreme temperatures, noise insulation, vibration reduction
  • Cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions
  • Increasing mechanical properties
Sanghamitra Sircar

Disruption in the Transportation Industry and Composites Usage

  • Mobility of the future: challenged by technology developments, environmental constraints, safety regulations
  • Composites as a solution for electric or autonomous vehicles
  • Light weighting at the right costs, through part consolidation and enhanced customer satisfaction
Camille Seurat

Recycled Carbon Fiber Based Bogie

  • Challenges of rail transportation: railway track damages, maintenance and fuel consumption
  • Combining the use of low cost recycled carbon fibers with low cost manufacturing techniques
  • Partial and full scale demonstrators manufacturing
Okan Otuz

Increasing the Quality of Simulations for Advanced Composites in Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles

  • Bridging the gap with measurements, to reach better lightweight performance
  • Detecting the effects of the parameters while manufacturing and being under road conditions
  • Case studies involving various plastic & FRP parts of trucks and buses

Networking break

Atsushi Miyata

Polypropylene Based Multi-Materials Composite Solution Offering to Transportation Industry

  • Improved fiber matrix adhesion resulting in higher mechanical properties
  • Combination of CF/PP-UD-Tapes with PP-compounds to enable a cost-effective solution for semi-structural automotive applications
Robert Lane

Truck Trailers & Bodies - Increased Composites Usage and Lightweighting in Commercial Transportation

  • Lowering costs for higher quality industrial grade composites
  • Offering significant weight savings, increasing structural loading, and improved thermal efficiency
  • Combining design and product, in order to optimize cube space while actually increasing mechanical and physical properties over standard refrigerated van products

Lunch break

Improving Performance and Efficiency - Part 1

  • Environmentally friendly transportation means
  • Alternative solutions for a greener future
  • Using recycled carbon fiber
Rich Maynard

Versatile Glass/Polyamide and Glass/Polypropylene Laminates for Rapid Processing and Recyclability

  • Study of the influence of the thermoplastic polymer on mechanical, thermal and aging properties of laminates
  • Allowing structurally equivalent parts to be produced with less material, contributing to a lighter vehicle with reduced fuel consumption
  • Excellent performance/weight ratio and performance/cost ratio, which are mandatory requirements for transportation applications
  • Recyclability and second generation parts
Kavish Bujun

Green and High Performing PET Core Solutions for Transportation Applications

  • Lighter, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly modes of transportation without compromising safety and durability
  • Fire retardant grades conforming to the most demanding requirements, namely in railway composite panels
  • Foam products tackling the design and manufacturing challenges of the automotive industry
Mihaela Banu

Green Composites - An Alternative for Environmentally Friendly Transportation

  • Natural fibers: remarkable mechanical properties, low cost, carbon-neutral nature and recyclability
  • High-performance multi-ply long bamboo fiber reinforced composites using compression molding
  • Mechanical and in-situ microstructural investigations aimed at characterizing their performance for manufacturing components for future transportation systems

Networking break

Sara Frattini
Ramesh Pisipati

Solutions for Rail Fire Resistant Composites

  • Cost-effective manufacture of composite parts that comply with fire safety standards
  • Reducing formaldehyde emissions without compromising fire safety
Alex Walk

Thermoplastic Composite Materials and Component Manufacturing Techniques for Transportation Applications

  • Developing manufacturing techniques capable of producing composite components for multiple vehicle components
  • Improved mechanical properties of the new carbon fiber coatings and the potential for these unique materials
  • Carbon Carrier developed by SGL-Bertrandt

Improving Performance and Efficiency - Part 2

  • Weight reduction to lower fuel consumption and increase load capacity
  • Dimensional stability of thermoset composite materials
  • Fire retardant laminates
  • Compressed natural gas cylinder
Tomasz Czarnecki

Saving Weight and Cost with Thermoplastic Honeycomb Technology - Continuous Production of Ultralight Sandwich Components

  • Developments by EconCore's licensee Wabash National
  • Organosandwich technology in automotive applications, including one shot thermoforming and functionalization sandwich panel processing
  • Perspectives of introducing thermoplastic sandwich parts in rolling stock applications -honeycomb based on FST qualified materials
Jason Cilio

Composites in Rail & Automotive - Light-weighting Solutions

  • Use of SikaAxson's urethanes product line in the live hinge and end caps of the new composite ramps ordered by Amtrak, following a redesign in order for gaps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Compression strength, strength-to-weight ratio, thread-holding capability, and long term durability
  • Providing fire retardant laminates that bring together safety and structural performance to the automotive and commuter transportation spaces

Networking break

Jim Nelson

Lightweighting Fiber Reinforced Composites Through Use of Nanomodified Epoxy Resins

  • Nanoparticle-modified resin system which enables lightweighting through superior property generation
  • Lightweight high performance driveshafts and compressed natural gas cylinders for commercial transportation
Travis Irwin
Brian Lucchesi

LRTM Production of Transit Bus Components

  • How 5 decades of industry leadership help in providing innovative composite vehicle structures to solve the complex problem of reducing weight and cost in transportation applications
  • Finding the right reinforcement for the performance requirements of those parts
  • LRTM specific reinforcements for maximum production efficiency
Erwan Tessier

Design of a Composite Vehicle Underbody Protection

  • Challenges of designing composite parts for automotive applications: material selection, optimization of the manufacturing process and part design itself
  • Creating competitive composite parts, producible at lowest cost, by carefully evaluating manufacturability
  • Using product simulation to predict process-induced local material properties

Lunch break

Manufacturing: Lowering Assembly Time and Costs

  • Parts integration: from multiple components to a single composite part
  • High performance thermoplastics
  • Towards large scale production
  • Reduced maintenance: easier handling and installation
Simon Baril-Gosselin

Overmoulding of Thermoplastic Composites for Structural Automotive Applications

  • Study of the interaction between the ribs and organo sheet
  • Development of guidelines for manufacturing cost-effective, high performance thermoplastic composites for high volume applications
Gaël Lavaud

Sustainable Automotive Production Thanks to Aerocell Composites Technology

  • Lightweighting without sacrificing safety
  • Reducing energy consumption by 40%
  • Making local assembly of the vehicles in micro-plants possible, thus minimizing manufacturing costs
Russel Elkin

Sandwich Construction Provides New Design Solutions for Body Structure & Trim

  • Specific sandwich core materials enabling designers & engineers to meet functional requirements in automotive, bus, truck & rail applications
  • Supporting light-weighting trends
  • Short cycle lamination processes currently utilized for high volume, low cost part production

Networking break

Alexander Chaloupka

In-mold Process Analytics - the Next Step for Intelligent and Robust Composite Manufacturing

  • Towards large-scale production thanks to process control
  • New sensor technology controlling the process allowing an optimal adhesion of dissimilar materials in a cascaded process
  • Already proven concept in the OPTO-Light project in association with BMW, KraussMaffei, AZL Aachen and others
Jim Gleason

Meeting Interior Aesthetics and Regulatory Standards with Affordable High Strength Composites

  • Thermo-formable sheets reinforced with low-volume carbon fiber: increased strength with favorable aesthetics, durability, and safety compliance
  • New lightweight solutions for demanding transportation interior applications
  • Application in bus interiors

B2B Meetings

Optimize your visit thanks to the B2B Meetings

JEC Group offers you the opportunity to be connected to raw materials producers or distributors, composites processors, machines and equipment dealers, software and services companies and Transportation end-users !

You will be able to contact your peers to schedule meetings during the show, and will have assistance to use the dedicated online platform.

With the B2B Meetings program

Save time by organizing your own schedule of targeted meetings with pre-selected exhibitors. All the participants of the show are entitled to benefit from the B2B meetings.

The service will be available soon.


The exhibition area will feature:

  • B2B Meetings

    Pre-arranged meetings available for all the participants.

  • Education & Skills Village

    JEC Group actively supports future generations by developing products and services for the benefit of students and universities around the globe.

  • Innovation Awards

    Over the years, the JEC Innovation Awards Program has involved and benefited nearly 2,000 companies.

  • Innovation Hub & Live Demos

    Discover the Innovation Showcase area featuring innovative industry capabilities on the show floor, and attend Live Demos.

  • Job Center

    Visit the Job and Internship Center where companies will make their job offers available to all the visitors. Everybody will have the opportunity to distribute their resume if they are “on watch”. This is an excellent occasion for you to actually meet your future employers/employees.

  • Technical Posters

    A free poster session giving students, researchers and companies the opportunity to display technologies on any composites in ground transportation related subject.

Be part of the exhibition area !

Create business opportunities by showcasing your products and services in the only event bringing together all the decision makers in the Composites and Ground Transportation industries.

  • Highlight the diversity and the know-how of your company towards the international Composite and Ground Transportation industries.
  • Position your company as a key and impacting partner of the entire Composite Community.
  • Grow your business.

Interested in exhibiting? Consult our booths and sponsoring offers!

Book your booth Boost your visibility

For more information, please contact:

Yana Kouninski

Sponsoring & Table-Top Opportunities


Innovation Awards

Every year, JEC rewards the best cutting-edge and ingenious projects using composites to their full potential. Winning gives these endeavors a worldwide recognition thanks to a high quality, established brand.

This edition of the JEC Innovation Awards Competition aimed to reward the best cutting-edge and ingenious projects involving the use of composite materials in ground transportation applications.

The 5 following prizes all demonstrated excellence in categories ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks, featuring namely: significant weight savings, innovative processes, unique designs, shortened process times and reduced costs.

The ceremony will take place on June 27 at 5:30pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Innovation Awards Winner


Company: Fraunhofer ILT (Germany)

Partners: Weber Fibertech (Germany), Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann (Germany), Fraunhofer LBF (Germany), ScanLab (Germany), BMW Group (Germany)

Hybrid Roof Bow

The innovation enables the reduction of process costs while maintaining the part's performance by reducing material costs and shortening process times by integrating several process steps.

In the HyBriLight Project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, a consortium of 9 companies developed an innovative hybrid roof bow which demonstrates the successful implementation of novel laser-based processes for lightweight production. All basic information like dimensions and mechanical requirements of the demonstrator roof bow are based on the original part of the BMW 7 series. The participants in the HyBriLight project are the following: Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT (project coordination), Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Weber Fibertech GmbH, Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH, Scanlab GmbH, BMW AG, Airbus Group Innovations, Coherent Dilas, Held Systems GmbH.

The roof bow consists of a fiber-reinforced plastic bar which is connected to two metal connecting plates which can be spot-welded to the car body. The connection between composite and metal is changed from adhesive joining and riveting to an innovative laser-based joining approach. Therefore, the metal connecting plates are pretreated with ultrafast lasers in order to create a spongy surface topography. The joining process itself takes place during a compression molding process of the plastic bar. The joining process is enabled by a special variothermal mould which allows preheating of the metal connection plates and process control via integrated sensors during the process.

The value created by this innovation is the reduction of process costs by decreasing process times by 70%, reducing costs for raw materials by 45% and integrating several process steps into a high-automated process while maintaining the components performance.


Company: Faurecia (France)

Partner: Hexion (France)

Lightweight Vehicle Underbody Protection

The innovation consists of a composite underbody protection achieving a weight saving of 53%, designed with a new FEA based preforming approach, with specific constraints such as complex shape, abrasion and impact.

For the automotive industry, weight saving is a key point to improve the energy efficiency of the vehicle. Today, underbodies of vehicles with off-road capabilities are protected from abrasion, stone chipping and object penetration largely by a steel plate which weighs 20 kg due to stringent road test requirements. This innovation replaces current steel underbody protection enabling a weight saving of 53%, with equivalent performance. The composite material definition answers to specific criteria as abrasion and impact behavior combined with a high level of stiffness. The complex shape of the part required a first industrial application of a new FEA based preforming simulation approach. This approach allowed us to use specifically developed woven and multiaxial fabrics with a combination of Aramid, Carbon and Glass fibers designed for complex shape preforming and to achieve maximum material and process costs optimization.

This innovation has very high market potentials to apply to off-road vehicles demanding high abrasion resistance, cracking resistance and stiffness. These may include luxurious sport vehicles with off-road capability, full off-road vehicles for terrain exploration and SUV and pickup truck using enhanced off-road capability as added value.


Company: TPI Composites (USA)

Partner: Proterra (USA)

Design and Fabrication of an Integrated Monocoque Composite 40ft Plug-in Electric Transit Bus

TPI Composites has designed and produced an all-composite monocoque plug-in electric bus body with Proterra. Engineers at TPI and Proterra collaborated in the design and development of a unique structural composite bus body. The Proterra “Catalyst” is a unique design which incorporates fiberglass and carbon fiber non-crimp fabrics and a modified vinyl-ester in a vacuum resin infusion process. Design innovations include the use of integrally infused carbon pultrusions to carry the passenger and battery load, limiting deflections between the wheelbase. A unique approach to direct front-end impact through the vehicle floor provides a level of protection not achieved in conventional metallic design or SMC bonnets. The Catalyst design creates a distinctive body style made possible by composite molding. Mass reduction of over 40% compared to the steel baseline enables unprecedented range. Unitary tooling and molding of the bus structure creates a distinct and unique body styling that is not possible with metal fabrication. The bus structure includes extensive use of sandwich construction unique to composite fabrication and improves: structural efficiency, noise, and thermal insulation. Innovative fastening technologies include threaded fittings, tapping plates, through-bolted solutions and combine to provide a system that flows smoothly through vehicle assembly. The additional value of a corrosion resistant vehicle structure enables a projection of more than 20 years of service where conventional steel systems project to 7 to 11 years of service life. The all-composite Proterra bus enables electrification of public transportation, and is leading to the expanded use of composite systems and sub-systems in all forms of transportation, including bus, truck and automotive applications.


Company: Saprex (USA)

Self-molding, High Heat Composite Insulation System

The project consists of a self-molding, PPS, thermoplastic composite insulation system for large bore diesel engine exhaust systems tests.

Saprex has developed a self-molding glass and PPS composite systems that self-molds arounds exhaust tube of large bore diesel engine vehicles. Using braided insulation, an innovative knit cover material and a water based, PPS, thermoplastic composite resin that was developed by Saertex, it has been made possible to produce a rigid insulation system on almost any geometrical configuration of tubing. This allows the easy installation, infinite changes in tubing geometry and long-service life. The innovation has been adopted by PACCAR, Daimler and Navistar. Instead of having to produce dies to make metal stamped and welded insulation covers, Saprex provides a totally flexible system that can be applied to any geometry of pipe that completely removes the need for dies and molds. This innovation is unique in the composites world, since composite materials are used to replace metal products that make dies and molds necessary. The water based, environmentally friendly PPS composite resin can be brushed, sprayed or used as a dip to deliver a matrix into a composite system. PPS is easily recoverable from waste product and an environmentally friendly water solution remains.


Company: Bcomp (Switzerland)

Partner: Persico (Italy)

Light-weight Automotive Interior Parts with Natural Fiber Reinforcement

With a staggering lightweighting potential resulting in up to 40% lighter automotive interior parts, high cost-efficiency and readiness for full integration into existing production lines, this innovation makes natural fiber reinforcements available for industrial markets.

The innovation consists of a processing technology that enables the use of high-performance natural fiber reinforcements on an industrial scale. It is a highly efficient process with one-step back-injection, that compression molds powerRibs natural flax fiber reinforcement rib structure together with a base non-woven material of choice (typically NFPP fleeces), as well as including decorative layers on the A-side, attachment points and punching in the same step. With the innovative employment of a soft silicone on the B-side on the compression molding tool, the full stiffening potential of the powerRibs preform is reached and maintained.

The collaboration brings the process to full industrialization readiness. Thanks to this innovation, it is shown how the highly engineered preform can be seamlessly integrated in large-scale, highly efficient, top notch production lines, to produce plug and play lightweight and strong interiors for tomorrow's automobiles while at the same time decreasing the eco footprint.

For more information, please contact:

Cécile Lagoutte

Content Development Manager - U.S. Events

Phone: +33 (0) 1 58 36 15 79


About JEC Group

JEC Group is dedicated to promoting composites materials internationally. It supports the development of these new materials by fostering knowledge transfer and exchanges between suppliers and users. To date, the JEC Group network gathers more than 250,000 professionals from a hundred different countries.

A strong user-oriented strategy

JEC Group informs composites professionals and end-users about major technical and economic developments, new products and applications. JEC Group's mission is to organize exchanges and to facilitate connections among all involved players - raw material producers, processors, distributors, machine and software suppliers, institutions, academics, researchers and users (aeronautics, automotive, marine, land transportation, construction, energy, sports & leisure, EEE, etc.).

Six major fields of expertise

  • Information Channels: Web Hub, Print & Digital Magazine, World Market News (e-Letters).
  • Learning Resources: Conferences (strategy, technical, economics), End-Users Forums, University Partnerships, The JEC Network.
  • Business Intelligence: Strategic Studies, Webinars.
  • Publications Library: Strategic Studies, Technical Books, Forums & Conferences Proceedings, Directories & Buyers Guides.
  • Innovation Programs: Europe, Asia, Americas, Innovation Awards, Innovation Showcases.
  • Connecting Opportunities: Composites Shows & Conferences in Europe, Asia & Americas, B2B Meetings, Job Centers.


Access to the exhibition: free of charge

Prices for the Transportation Symposium

Standard rates

Early Bird
Until April, 27
April, 28 to June, 26
June, 27-28



Special rates

Students & Academics

To benefit from the special rates, please contact:

Martin Gamarra

Development Manager - U.S. Events

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Practical Information

Event Location

Navy Pier
Aon Grand Ballroom
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611, USA

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Dates and times of the event

Trade show

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: 10am - 5pm

Thursday, June 28, 2018: 10am - 5pm

Transportation Symposium

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: 8:30am - 5pm

Thursday, June 28, 2018: 8:30am - 5pm