SAMPE Draws Large Attendance

26 November 2002

More than 600 people attended the Covina 34th International SAMPE Technical Conference (ISTC) at Baltimore.

Most notable was the significant number of industry exhibits that offered attendees unique opportunities to discuss practical solutions with vendors and suppliers that were heavily involved with new M&P technology developments. Allan Goldberg, General Co-Chairmen for the 34th ISTC, stated that “… this was one of the largest exhibits ever for an ISTC, with over 600 people attending both the technical program and exhibits area”.

With almost 70 exhibitors available to the conference attendees, the exhibit floor traffic was higher than normal and continuous throughout the show. Goldberg further noted that “conference attendees represented a broad International flavor, with representation from North America, several European countries, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand”. In fact, the Outstanding Technical Paper Award went to a team of authors from the University of Auckland/Center for Advanced Composite Materials, Auckland, New Zealand.

Figures and comments for the 34th ISTC mirrored the positive response from attendees and exhibitors alike. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from over 105 presentations, several panels, technical tutorials and a Keynote Address over the course of four days. Exhibitors were quick to note the heavy, consistent and interested floor traffic during the two exhibit days. Blake Juhl, North America Marketing Manager for Degussa and Rohacell commented that “… he made more critical business contacts in the first 2-3 hours with the floor traffic than he usually makes in other 4-day conferences. Traffic on the exhibit floor were very interested in our technology and products”. The exhibitors were kept busy during both days because of the organization and proximity of the exhibits and technical program schedule.

The Keynote Address was given by Charles Saff, The Boeing Phantom Works Structures Integration Manager on the UCAV. During his excellent coverage of the history and development of the X45-B UCAV (Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicle) at Boeing, he made note that many technology areas led to the success of the X45-B development. He particularly noted that low cost tooling, rapid prototyping, disposable tooling, broad source of committed suppliers and vendors, and technologies outside of the aerospace industry were key success drivers. Mr. Saff noted “… meetings like this are crucial and becoming much more important – not less – because we rely on innovation, cost reduction and, increasingly, on small manufacturing shops”. He was quick to also note that “Boeing success on this program came from small vendors, small shops, small suppliers and exhibitors such as those he saw on SAMPE’s Exhibition floor – and these factors will become more important in the future”.

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