June 19-20, 2019


Chicago, IL, USA


Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier


2 days

About the event

JEC Group is launching its next edition combining an exhibition area, Business meetings, and conference sessions.

Following the success of the last two North-American events focusing on the Construction and Transportation industries, this new edition is bringing together these two complimentary markets through technical presentations dedicated to the use of composite materials in Ground Transportation and Infrastructure.

This unique event will :

  • Highlight and showcase why composites offer benefits and opportunities through innovation
  • Engage business discussions through a unique networking approach and Business meetings
  • Attract experts from a variety of fields to give a broad overview (architects, engineers, composite manufacturers, material suppliers, code/fire experts, environmental engineers, etc.)
  • Provide conference sessions covering a series of subjects highlighting a wide variety of technical developments (light-weighting, design flexibility, fire safety, building codes, manufacturing, etc.), and invite key groups to head discussions
  • Create the framework for collaborative research and development to target critical impediments that are currently limiting composite uptake (fire, cost, material supply, codes, etc.)

For more information about our next events in the U.S., please contact

Nicolas Baudry

North America Events Director


Why Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and boasts one of the USA’s most diverse economies. Choosing it as the home of JEC Group’s “JEC Forum” events was an easy decision considering its strategic position as a global transportation and infrastructure hub, supported by a large manufacturing network. Its history, and central location in North America have made it a focal point for connectivity and infrastructure. It is seen as a center for smart city applications and deployment.

As such, Chicago is uniquely positioned to lead the international conversation about moving toward the city of the future.

Illinois itself, is the fifth largest state economy in the U.S., with automotive and transportation among its many major industries, and is investing heavily in its rail infrastructure. The state, and Chicago, also possess an increasingly strong construction market, from commercial to residential and infrastructure.

Composite materials present unique and unparalleled answers to the advancements needed in both the transportation and construction industries, such as reducing fuel and energy consumption thanks to lightweight solutions, increasing parts integration, prioritizing fire retardancy, facilitating large scale production, etc. Chicago, and Illinois’ dynamism and constant developments make it a natural fit for JEC’s vision, with manufacturers and architectural firms such as Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, bKL Architecture, CannonDesign, CC industries (which owns Gillig), Great Dane Trailers, Motor Coach Industries, Nippon Sharyo, Perkins+Will, all based in Illinois.

Chicago is an exciting and sought-out destination which offers many must-see attractions such as the famous Chicago Riverwalk, the Park at Wrigley Field, the museum of contemporary art, and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

Conference Program

Composites are quickly becoming the material of choice in the Infrastructure and Transportation industries. Their unique properties make it possible to improve the quality of urban life and provide solutions for increasingly pressing environmental concerns.

Design optimization, cost-effective manufacturing processes, light-weighting, standardization are just a few of the many subjects that will be delved into during the technical presentations of the event, giving an extensive overview of the possibilities composites offer in these major industries.

Companies such as Bombardier, ELG Carbon Fibre, Faurecia, Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz, Owens Corning, Porcher Industries, SGL Group, University of Michigan, Wabash National Corporation, and many more, presented their latest advances in front of a qualified audience.

Seize the chance to become a speaker and join the leading experts and industrials who will present during the event.

Put your research at the forefront by applying for a slot in the following conference sessions

Apply before February 15, 2019

For more information:


Business Meetings

A fast and easy way to introduce your business to potential buyers, partners and new markets. Our Business matchmaking is a highly focused form of Business networking that has become a valuable and integral part of our market focus conferences. In as little as 25 minutes, business professionals can identify and launch potentially rewarding Business cooperation and business partnerships.

You will make contacts you won’t find anywhere else thanks to a dedicated program!


Kavish BUJUN from Armacell appreciated the fact that the program gave him “direct access to key customers and suppliers”.

John LEATHAM, Sales & Marketing Director at Chomarat North America, said he had been “introduced to contacts he would not likely have made otherwise”.

For more information, please contact:

Anne-Carole Barbarin

Program Director
Phone: +33 (0) 1 58 36 43 96


Partners & Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Exhibitor Offer

Gold Level
Platinum Level

Exhibitor Package

8'X10' pipe and drape booth - ID sign, one 6' skirted table, 2 chairs, 1 waste basket, carpeted area (electricity not provided)



Business meetings access (pre-arranged business meetings) - A schedule with pre-arranged and approved meetings based on exhibitor's own choices. Unlimited access to the profiles of all participants to help the exhibitor identify and request meetings with companies they would like to target.

Exhibitor's badge for your staff including:

  • Setting-up / Dismantling access
  • Two-day Event access
  • Two-day Conference access
  • Networking Area access with food and beverage
  • Access to the Business Meetings area
  • Access to the After Private Party




Business Pass:
You will be able to invite as a VIP the client of your choice and it includes:

  • Two-day Event access
  • Networking Area access with food and beverage
  • Access to the Business Meetings area



Exclusive dining experience with speakers, delegates and hosted buyers - exclusive location




Company name listed as an exhibitor at the entrance of the exhibit floor and your company logo projected on screen on stage during Conference breaks as an official sponsor

Company name listed on the Participating Companies List in the Event's Guide

Company name listed as an exhibitor on the Event dedicated website

Company logo listed on the Participating Companies List in the Event's Guide and at the entrance of the exhibit floor


Company logo listed on the Event dedicated website


Full-page ad in the Event's Guide


Company logo listed as a main sponsor on every email blast promoting the JEC Forum to JEC Database


Company name displayed on the the dedicated website and listed as an exhibitor in the marketing emails to the JEC Database

Listed as an Exhibitor on the Thank You email and post-conference page on our website

For more information, please contact:

Yana Kouninski

Sales Manager, U.S. Events
Phone: +1 917 622 9354



The registration platform will be available soon.

For more information, please contact:

Anne-Carole Barbarin

Program Director
Phone: +33 (0) 1 58 36 43 96


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. Next June, JEC Forum Chicago will put forward these composite champions in the fields of infrastructure, and ground transportation, and your company could be among them.

Winners gain a lot of visibility thanks to the extensive promotion allocated to the successful projects in our various media:

  • Website: +40,000 unique visitors per month
  • Newsletter: +24,500 readers
  • A dedicated section in the Visitor’s Guide
  • Prize giving ceremony during the event

Innovation Awards Winner

Interested in competing? It is completely free of charge! Submit your project before March 15, 2019

For more information:


About JEC Group

JEC Group is the world’s leading company dedicated entirely to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the growth and promotion of the composite materials industry. Publisher of the JEC Composites Magazine - the industry’s reference magazine, JEC Group drives global innovation programs and organizes several events in the world, including JEC World (the foremost and world-leading international exhibition dedicated to composite materials and their applications), which takes place every spring in Paris.

Practical Information

Event Location

Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
840 E Grand Ave
Chicago,IL 60611
United States

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