JEC and IFAI create strategic partnership in the Americas

Two major trade events co-locating in Boston highlight growth in specialized industries

(January 10, 2011 - Roseville, MN USA/Paris, France)—The organizers of the JEC Show and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2012 events at the Boston Convention Center, Boston, Mass., USA. The events will take place Nov. 7-9, 2012.

"After the creation of JEC Asia in 2008, we were asked by the industrial sector to bring the JEC Show and the Composites Summit I.I.C.S. to America, "states Frederique Mutel,JEC President and CEO. "To answer this demand, we decided to create JEC Americas in partnership with IFAI in 2012."

Mrs Mutel stated that, "The American market is very important. According to JEC's analysis, the composites sector represents in value a worldwide market of around US$77.4 billion (60 billion Euros) divided between America: 36%, EMEA, Europe/Middle-East/Africa:33% and Asia/rest of the world: 31%. In volume, the worldwide market accounts for about 8,6 millions of tons divided between America with 35% of the worldwide market), EMEA with 22% of the worldwide market), Asia/Rest of the world with 43% of the worldwide market."

Mutel adds, "We are pleased about the alliance with IFAI. Both groups are trade organizations fully committed to their industries. Both are experts of their sectors and produce high-value information products. Together we will deliver a strategic event."

Stephen M. Warner, President and CEO of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), agrees with Mutel saying, "Composites are a critical innovative product segment for specialty fabrics. We have tremendous respect for JEC in the leadership they provide for the composites industry. This unique gathering in 2012 allows a blending within the specialty fabrics/composites value chain—material producers, equipment manufacturers, end product fabricators and composite users."

Warner notes that IFAI Expo Americas 2012 will also mark the association's 100th anniversary. "The partnership between IFAI and JEC continues our organization's objective that IFAI Expo Americas remains the dynamic and preeminent event for the specialty fabrics industry in North America."

Connecting Science, Technology and Business
The JEC Group is dedicated to distributing information about composites. It provides technological content and connection services to industrial companies and users. Its five key fields of expertise are information, training, innovation promotion, publications and platforms for exchange such as business forums, websites, conferences and trade fairs. Today the JEC Group represents the sector's leading global network with 200,000 professionals of 96 nationalities.

IFAI provides a global marketplace for innovative products and services, relevant education, promotion and networking opportunities. The association represents the interests of 2,000 companies from 54 countries in 11 defined market niches. It is the leading organizer of industry trade shows and conferences, and publishes seven trade magazines and buyer's guides in print and online. Visit IFAI.com for more information.