30 July 2013
30 July 2013
Smithers Rapra has announced the programme for the 16th Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber conference taking place in Seattle, WA, US, from 8 – 10 October2013.
Following on the previous success of the GOCarbonFiber conferences, the 2013 forum will return to Seattle, US, and bring an anticipated 130 carbon fibre experts together to discuss the latest issues facing the highly-competitive growing industry sector.
The 2013 agenda will look at how big, and how soon mainstream usage of carbon fibre will occur in the automotive sector. Through extensive research with industry peers, this year's event promises to engage the newest players in the market addressing the key issues at the heart of future growth of the carbon fibre sector.
With Keynote addresses from Bill Regan, VP Engineering & Technology, Zoltek Corporation and Bentley Motors’ former Principal Research Manager, Antony Dodworth - automotive composites promise to be front and centre at the conference.
In addition to covering the automotive sector, renowned aerospace engineer Jens Hinrichsen of the Aerospace Advisory Group will digest the latest news from across the aviation world and give a glimpse of what the future holds.
Guided by a Programme Committee comprising some of the world’s most seasoned experts, the agenda features 18 speakers selected due to their experience and expertise in the industry. The programme will include updates on key end use sectors - automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels; discuss the ‘big chemical’ intervention in the sector; provide an extensive roadmap for carbon fibre producers to scale up; address production efficiencies; MRO; and the latest development with high performance materials from recycled CFRP.
With a strong social programme supported by the Washington State Department of Commerce, the event also aims to engage the wider composites community in this region with an inclusive approach for small and medium companies, not just global ‘premier league’ players.
The full event programme is now available for download.
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