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The SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) will be shortened from three days to two this year in response to deteriorating conditions in the global automotive industry, which have led to much tighter travel and budget restrictions.
Organizers said the event would likely start earlier and run later on the remaining two days of the show (September 15 and 16) if additional time was required to accommodate the technical program.
“Clearly, this industry is going through a very difficult time and we’re in the midst of a necessary period of adjustment,” notes Cedric Ball, marketing projects leader, Ashland Performance Materials and the 2009 SPE ACCE event chair. “Our authors, sponsors, and attendees have been letting us know that the difficult business environment has led to severe travel and budget restrictions at most companies. By packing our conference into a shorter but denser schedule, we hope to make it easier for more people to attend. Those who do attend can be assured of the same high quality of technical presentations, interesting keynote speakers, and lively panel discussions as in the past.” The conference, now in its ninth year, first went to a light schedule on a third day starting in 2005. This is the second year SPE is also offering a special discounted day-rate for the show.
The ACCE typically draws over 400 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries on 4 continents with one-third indicating they work for an OEM involved in ground transportation or aerospace/aviation.
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