Published On: Mon, Nov 9th, 2015

JEC and SPE group sponsor first international conference on plastic composite technology for bicycles

To Be Held Next Month in Brussels, the Cyclitech 2015 Conference Will Demonstrate that ‘the All-Plastics Bike is Closer than We Think’

BRUSSELS, November 5, 2015: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has partnered with the JEC Group, a nonprofit organization for the advancement of composites, to organize Cyclitech 2015, the first international conference devoted to composite technology for bicycles.

The event will take place December 8-9, 2015 at the Courtyard Brussels Hotel in Belgium. Online registration is available at

The conference will examine the use of composites in bicycle design, including safety and performance aspects, and the implications for mass-market bicycles of recent composite innovations for high-end bikes. Among 40 speakers from Europe, Asia, and the Americas will be experts from Union Cycliste Internationale, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Corima, Cervelo, KTM Technologies, Oxeon AB TeXtreme, and BMC. In addition to technical presentations, there will be roundtable and panel discussions with professional riders and the press.

“The all-plastics bike is closer than we think,” said Willem De Vos, CEO of SPE. “The market for non-metal bicycle frames and components is constantly growing, and recent successes of composites in specialty or racing bikes will lead the way to their application in high-volume markets.”

Cycling is becoming more and more popular, and a recent study forecasts the bicycle market to grow to $65-billion by 2019, noted Frederique Mutel, president and CEO of the JEC Group. “This is the first time that we have dedicated a full conference to a niche market such as bicycles,” said Mrs. Mutel. “Thus far, registration for the conference has been so compelling that JEC Group and SPE are already planning for Cyclitech 2016, to be held in the USA.”

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