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ACMA and NetComposites Unveil Global Composites Speakers and Conference Programme

ACMA and NetComposites Unveil Global Composites Speakers and Conference Programme

  • Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites have announced the detailed conference programme for the Global Composites conference. This new international composites industry event is designed for corporate and division leaders in the industry with a focus on global business, trends and insights for the global composites market.

The conference will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, US on 27-28 June 2018.

Expanding beyond a domestic perspective, the Global Composites conference programme, which is available at, provides fresh insights into the global business environment, such as opportunities for business development, challenges, trends and customs.

“Our industry is facing the reality of global competition,” says Tom Dobbins, ACMA President. “Composites manufacturing business leaders must expand their perspective, seeing beyond the domestic and building partnerships that promote growth, efficiency and profits. This conference prepares our industry’s leaders for the challenges facing our North American businesses, as well as best practices to conduct business in various markets while adapting to their unique customs, norms and business practices.”

In addition to the conference programme, attendees can speak with companies that are already going global and learn what real-world challenges they face and what pitfalls businesses should watch out for.

“This is a prime opportunity to expand your professional network and learn from experts and leaders that are thriving in a competitive global marketplace,” states Joe Carruthers, NetComposites’ Managing Director.

The conference will kick off on 27 June with keynote speaker Hamid Kia from General Motors, as well as speakers from other customer groups. The keynote topic, Standardising the Global Supply Chain – Automotive and Aerospace Viewpoints, will take an in-depth look at the material selection process and what GM looks for from its supply chain partners, including standardisation, manufacturing capabilities, and sustainability.

Day one continues with a session that details best practices and insights to build a strong, effective international strategic partnership. The session will give a step-by-step guide to build teams, leverage intelligence and align partners to create a global network that establishes a competitive advantage for composites manufacturing businesses.

Day two of the conference begins with a session on international markets and technology trends to watch, including autonomous vehicles, smart materials and the global nanocomposite and graphene market. This session includes insights on technology trends from GE Global Research Wind Blade Technology Leader, Shridhar Nath.

Additional sessions will explore the various global standards and why it is important that the industry move to some common standards in key market segments.

The conference wraps up with dynamic sessions on changing perceptions of composites in the global marketplace and increasing adoption of composite materials in all areas.

Throughout the conference, attendees will have numerous networking opportunities, including receptions and exhibitor breaks, so that they can engage and share with leading companies and consultants with solutions and products for the global composites industry.

Companies interested in exhibit and sponsorship opportunities should email Lynn Ishman for details at

Questions regarding the conference programme can be submitted to

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