6th-Annual ACCE Conference Sports New Features

07 August 2006

A number of changes have been made to help ensure that time spent at this year’s SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) provides even more value for attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, and media.

The changes were detailed by Dale Brosius, ’06 ACCE conference chair, as well as executive director and chief-operating officer for Australian-based QuickStep Technologies Pty. Ltd. Brosius has been the conference vice-chair for the past 2 years. He replaced the previous ’06 conference chair, Terry Seagrave of Bayer MaterialsScience who stepped down last month. Dr. Frank Henning of the Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie (ICT) in Germany is the new conference vice-chair.

Changes that have been made to the 2006 ACCE program include:

More Panel Discussions – Panel discussions are well attended at the ACCE show, so an additional one has been added this year.

More Keynote Addresses – To help attendees gain a broader view of automotive composites or learn about emerging technologies and trends, 8 keynote speakers will address this year’s event. The exciting lineup and tentative presentation titles for this year’s event include:

Return of SMC – After several years of low-visibility at ACCE, the SMC segment is back in force for this year’s conference. Tuesday will feature an all-day session of presentations on advancements in SMC materials, technologies, and applications. The session will end with a panel discussion on thermoset composites and a keynote address by Dr. Jeff Helms, Ford Motor Company, on New Developments in SMC.

A Second Networking Reception – The ACCE’s annual evening cocktail reception has established itself as a great place to network, allowing speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, media, and attendees to meet and talk face-to-face. This year a second cocktail reception, sponsored by GE Plastics, has been added to increase networking opportunities.

More Exhibit Space – One of the perennial problems the organizing committee has had is finding sufficient space for all the organizations wishing to exhibit at the ACCE conference. This year more exhibit space has been set aside than ever before and more sponsors and exhibitors have agreed to help support the conference.

Automotive Composites – A Design & Manufacturing Guide – Updated for the first time in nearly a decade, Ray Publishing, Inc. – publisher of Composites Technology and High-Performance Composites magazines and a long-time sponsor of the ACCE – is providing each conference attendee with the second edition of its well-known and award-winning guide.

The conference is expected to draw a broad offering of sponsors and exhibitors representing composite materials, processing equipment, additives and reinforcements, moulders, trade associations, and media headquartered in the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

This event provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the automotive composites industry – aspects sponsors indicate provide them genuine value. That is believed to be the reason the conference has a high repeat rate for exhibitors and sponsors from one year to the next. In fact, more than half of current sponsors have been with the event since the first year in 2001.

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