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World Expert on Future Cars to Address UK Conference

05 December 2005

One of the world’s leading experts on cars of the future will address scientists and engineers at the International Conference on Materials for Lean Weight Vehicles key conference in the UK next week.

Joseph Carpenter Jr of the US Department of Energy is a specialist in lightweight materials and technology that will literally shape the cars of future decades. He is a keynote speaker at the conference, being held at the University of Warwick’s International Manufacturing Centre on December 7/8.

Pat Selwood, SMMT Foresight Vehicle Project Manager, a member of the conference organising committee, said: “We are delighted to have secured such an influential and high profile international speaker.

Dr Carpenter is a key player in the crucial FreedomCAR initiative in the US. His thoughts will be interesting and persuasive for everyone interested in environmental issues surrounding the automotive industry.”

Dr Carpenter is the Technology Development Manager for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Automotive Lightweighting Materials effort, a joint initiative between DOE and the US automotive and energy-supply industries. He is best known in the US for his work with the FreedomCAR project, a partnership involving General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, oil companies and the US government with the aim of developing cleaner, more efficient vehicles.

The conference will also include presentations from NetComposites on new developments in exterior and interior automotive components produced from self-reinforced polymers, which offer improved weight reduction, recyclability, impact performance and surface finish compared to glass-reinforced composites ( http://www.netcomposites.com/news.asp?3155 ). NetComposites was part of the research team developing new processes for these materials.





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