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SAMPE Seattle 2014 proved to be a successful conference and exhibition both in terms of the high number of attendees and the large number of participating exhibitors.
The show was organized by SAMPE North America in conjunction with the SAMPE Carolinas and SAMPE Seattle Chapters. “SAMPE and SAMPE North America remain committed to providing not only an important event for the industry to come together, but also a valuable experience for all who attend,” said SAMPE CEO and Executive Director Gregg Balko.
“SAMPE Seattle continues to expand and innovate while remaining North America’s most influential event for the advanced materials and processes industry. SAMPE Seattle delivered an unparalleled conference and exhibition experience that continues to meet the needs of the global advanced M&P industry,” said SAMPE North America President Paul Wienhold.
According to SAMPE, the event, which was held at the Washington State Convention Center from June 2-5, 2014, featured a show floor with 233 exhibiting companies along with 3,412 attendees. As in past years, SAMPE attracted many new exhibitors, with 40 companies exhibiting for the first time in Seattle. This year’s event delivered a strong international presence with attendees from 38 countries.
SAMPE explains that, every year, it brings industry leaders to the forefront to share innovative ideas, research, and applications that will help the M&P industry better understand market trends and new innovations, both current and on the horizon. During the course of the week, over 200 presentations delivering cutting edge research and applications developments were presented by industry experts, researchers, and academics. SAMPE says its conference is unique within the industry as the only conference that links the work being done in academia with the marketplace. Content contributors came from government and university research facilities including the Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of Dayton Research Institute, R&D departments including Boeing and TohoTenax, and many other leading M&P companies and institutions.
The conference officially kicked-off on Tuesday with a keynote address by Dr. Jörg Pohlman, Managing Director of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a BMW Group and SGL Joint Venture. His participation at SAMPE Seattle was timely, considering the May announcement of a $100 million expansion investment for the Moses Lake carbon fibre Plant.
Dr. Pohlman discussed the value chain reaching from precursor supply to the production of CFRP parts for the BMW i3 and i8. Additionally, he addressed the new facility in Moses Lake, Seattle, which is the most sustainable carbon fibre plant in the world, as production of the fibres is achieved using 100% renewable energy based on hydro power. Building on that initiative, there was also discussion on the new recycling processes that have been implemented at the Wackersdorf facility in Germany, resulting in a non-woven complex – a new innovation that did not previously exist in this form. The recycled material can be used to manufacture parts, and both the BMW i3 and i8 feature parts based on recycled material.
SAMPE Seattle included a Textiles “Conference-within-a-Conference” that it explains provided a comprehensive approach to textiles technology developments over the past several years. Technical textiles are the foundation of fibre-reinforced composite structures and are key materials in industries as diverse as biomedical, infrastructure, energy, transportation, and aerospace. Program features included sessions and panels on braided structures, fibre technology, modelling of textile structures, ballistic materials, and textile preforms for composites.
SAMPE’s next conference and exhibition will take place May 18-21, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, US.
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