CAMX 2017 Celebrates Growth and Innovation

09 January 2018

CAMX 2017 Celebrates Growth and Innovation

CAMX 2017 – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), concluded on 14 December 2017 in Orlando, Florida, US.

Despite having postponed the event in September due to Hurricane Irma, the event united 6,554 people from the composites and advanced materials communities in the US and abroad.

Nearly 600 new attendees made CAMX 2017 their first CAMX.

Exhibit Hall innovations impacted a wide range of markets, including aerospace, automotive, architecture, 3-D printing, marine, transportation, recycling, wind energy, software, construction and infrastructure, sports and leisure, university research and more.

"We were thrilled to have a very productive CAMX," notes Andy Beer, Vice President, Composites North America at Ashland. "Even with the rescheduled dates, the attendees were ready to do business, the papers were well attended and my team was busy with customer meetings. The exhibit hall was full of activity and excellent displays, reflecting the diverse range of composites and the markets this industry serves."

Nearly 85% of exhibitors from the original dates were at the rescheduled CAMX 2017.

"The high number of original exhibitors who were able to reschedule their plans to have a presence during the new dates for CAMX 2017 in Orlando demonstrates just how important this event is to the composites and advanced materials industry," reports Gregg Balko, SAMPE CEO. "The industry support for CAMX has been overwhelming this year."

The exhibit hall featured Innovation Park, a new show floor enhancement that created opportunities for attendees to make new connections, exchange ideas and learn. The park is comprised of specialised zones tailored to the learning, networking and inspirational needs of CAMX attendees. Attendees used these areas to discuss hot topics, build community around specific interests like Women in Composites and Composites in Mexico, and collaborate to create new solutions.

"We added Innovation Park so CAMX attendees can redefine how they experience a trade show," explains Tom Dobbins, ACMA President. "At the traditional trade show or conference, it can be difficult to find time to interact, learn and think organically, so our goal is to provide the atmosphere and tools to do this."

In addition to the expo, the conference programming offered 361 sessions on topics covering every subject in the industry, 258 expert speakers, and multiple tracks of topics to choose from. This year's event included the CAMX Live! General Session with insights from three individuals – Boom Technology Aerostructures Engineer Kerry Manning, Composites Building Structures President/CEO James Antonic, and Oracle Team USA Designer Kurt Jordan – who have helped change the way the world looks at composites and caused 'disruptive innovation' through their industry achievements. Each presenter shared how the creation of new technology has potential to redefine the paradigm of a particular market's supply chain.

Because a number of attendees who were planning to attend in September but were not able to in December, CAMX has made CAMX Live! General Session videos as well as conference presentations available on the website.

CAMX 2017 aimed to foster growth and engagement for the composites and advanced materials industry. CAMX concluded with a closing luncheon featuring a panel session titled It's a Digital World. The session, moderated by Marcy Offner, Director of Marketing Communication at Composites One, focused on digital engagement and increasing the use of social media in all aspects of business. The panel addressed the growing use of social media in the composites industry and how it can be used to leverage efforts in recruitment and workforce development, promote products, increase brand awareness, and explain the advantages of composites over traditional materials.

CAMX 2018 will be held on 15-18 October 2018, in Dallas, Texas. The event will be co-located with IFAI 2018.

Photo provided by CAMX

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