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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is connecting Washington’s leaders, OEMs and composites industry executives at the Composites Executive Forum, April 1-3, 2014, at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. This new event provides senior business executives within the composites industry a venue for understanding market development opportunities and the economic landscape that relates to structural material markets.

“There are always opportunities and risks when navigating markets, however the insights of end users and federal agencies that influence structural material selection help executives evaluate those opportunities.” said ACMA’s president Tom Dobbins. The Forum is designed to provide those insights, in an intimate setting for peer-to-peer networking. Participants will gain overview of legislative and regulatory issues affecting the composites industry, with the opportunity to visit with Members of Congress.

“This event provides attendees with intelligence on all the major markets including energy, transportation and infrastructure” Dobbins added. “Participants are going to walk away with new insights on markets and contacts with thought leaders in composites.”

Featured Speakers:

Robert Perciasepe

Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Ed Gillespie
US Senate Candidate, Virginia
Former Councilor to the President and Past Chairman of the Republican National Committee

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Senior Senator North Carolina
Armed Services and Budget Committees Member
Composites Advocate

William Bryan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration
Department of Energy

Gene Camponeschi, PhD, PE
US Office of Naval Research
Manufacturing Technology Program

Chad Moutray, PhD
Chief Economist
National Association of Manufacturers

Carol Schutte, PhD
US Department of Energy
Materials in Vehicle Technologies Program Leader

Rayola Dougher
Senior Economic Advisor
American Petroleum Institute

Gail Hahn, PhD
Technical Fellow
Boeing Research and Technology

Sanjay Mazumdar, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Lucintel

Steve Johnson, GE Energy
Manager, Wind Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

REGISTRATION: $1,200 ACMA member/ $1,799 for non-members – Includes two breakfasts, two lunches, a networking reception and an evening dinner with Former GOP Chair and Virginia Senate Candidate Edward Gillespie.

For more information or to register, visit: www.acmanet.org/cef

Four projects have been funded by the Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) that will help grow the market for composites and allow them to compete on a level playing field with traditional materials like steel, concrete, wood and aluminum.

CGI committees are comprised of industry leaders exclusively from ACMA-member companies who lend their expertise to market growth and expansion for composites. ACMA members get access to potential customers and project leads. The CGI Fund provides the means of implementing these ideas into action.

“Funding these projects is one of ACMA’s investments in the future to help build and secure a vibrant, expanding market for composites,” says Leon Garoufalis, president and COO of Composites One, LLC, and co-chair of the CGI Committee. “The quality and breadth of the submissions was impressive. We believe that the selected projects will help to advance the industry by addressing three critical areas: increasing market outreach, developing standards and specifications and penetrating new and emerging markets.”

The projects funded were as follows:

Market Outreach: Taking Composites to End Users

  • Exhibit at the International Bridge Conference. The Federal Public Transportation Act of 2012 (MAP 21) is paving the way for composites to become the material and product of choice for transportation structures repair and replacement. The Transportation Structures Council has exhibited at this leading industry conference for 13 years. This grant will ensure their continued presence and support their efforts to educate this market about the benefits of composites for transportation infrastructure.

Standards and Specification: Leveling the Playing Field with Traditional Materials

  • Recommended Practice and Guide Specification for Architectural Fiberglass Products. Architects, building engineers, construction specifiers, general contractors and others will be able to confidently recommend composites in place of traditional materials in the architectural and building segments. The third printing of this critical document will include new information and updates.

  • National Specifications for Utility and Communication Structures. Greater acceptance of composites across the utility industry and in government agencies will be possible with an ACMA/ANSI approved standard for utility poles. The standard will help establish guidelines for specifiers that will enable more widespread purchasing of composite poles.

Penetrating New and Emerging Markets: The Promise of “Green” Growth

  • Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Tool to Calculate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Traditional materials are already establishing their environmental impact in competition for “green” contracts, but composites lags behind in this burgeoning market. This tool will take the data established in phase 1 with the development of LCI data and make it accessible and usable to members allowing them to calculate LCA for their products.

The CGI committees were established to help fulfill ACMA’s Mission Statement to “increase awareness of potential market advantages of utilizing composite materials.” Membership and participation in CGI committees are open only to ACMA members.

Representing more than 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry, providing strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In the U.S. alone, the composites industry employs about 550,000 people and generates almost $70 billion in revenues per year.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Boards of Directors are excited and pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent regarding a new event to provide a venue to serve the entire advanced materials and composites industry in North America and the world. This conference and exhibition will launch in the fall of 2014. Building on the success of SAMPE and ACMA events, this will be the “go to event” for the composites and advanced materials industry in the Americas.

“We are very excited about the scope of the show and the value it will bring to our memberships and the composites and advanced materials industry,” said Kate Thorpe, SAMPE president. “SAMPE and ACMA are recognized as the leaders of the industry, serving the industry and helping it grow. Bringing our two strong shows together will provide even greater value for our members and the industry.”

Lori Luchak, president of ACMA, added, “We are thrilled to be working with SAMPE on such an important project. The mission of our organizations is to serve the industry. This show will certainly fulfill that mission and enable us to expand the rest of our programs to give the industry the tools it needs to continue to innovate and move forward.”

The leadership of both organizations have been in lengthy discussions over the past six months and will continue to meet as plans are refined. Additional information will be released in the coming months.

Representing more than 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry, providing strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In the U.S. alone, the composites industry employs about 550,000 people and generates almost $70 billion in revenues per year.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), a global professional member society, provides information on new materials and processing technology either via technical meetings, journal publications or books in which professionals in this field can exchange ideas and air their views. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers and academicians.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org or www.sampe.org

COMPOSITES 2011, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) was named one of the 50 fastest growing shows in 2011 by Trade Show Executive magazine. This award distinguishes COMPOSITES from the 10,000-plus events held annually in the U.S. and demonstrates the value it provides to attendees and exhibitors. COMPOSITES 2013 will continue the tradition of excellence in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 29-31, 2013.

COMPOSITES was recognized in two areas – 28th in net square feet of exhibit space with 22 percent growth, and 20th in number of exhibits with 17.2 percent growth.

"I’m thrilled that COMPOSITES has been selected as a ‘Fastest 50’ trade show by Trade Show Executive,” says ACMA Director of Events and Education Heather Rhoderick. “We make it a priority to listen to our attendees and exhibitors, which helps us build on past success. This is a key reason COMPOSITES thrives. Not only have our exhibitor numbers grown, our attendance continues to rise as well. Since 2010, our attendance has increased by 22%. I’m proud that our exhibitors and attendees recognize the value that the Show provides, and thank them for their support of the Show.”

“With a fresh focus on innovation, new ideas and solutions and industry trends, we look forward to continued growth at COMPOSITES 2013 in Orlando,” says ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “Backed by more than three decades of experience, innovation and responsiveness to participants, COMPOSITES has a proven track record of delivering results for attendees and exhibitors, and continues to demonstrate its relevance for all those involved with composite materials. We know the composites industry, and we focus on the business of composites.”

COMPOSITES is THE premier event of its kind in North America. It provides the primary forum for business to understand the applications and impact of new research and technology. Drawing attendees from over 650 companies and 40 countries, COMPOSITES connects top industry business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, universities and policy makers to all composites market segments and components of the value chain.

For more information, visit: www.compositesshow.org

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 08:40

Registration is now open for COMPOSITES 2013

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Registration is now open for COMPOSITES 2013, The premier exhibition and convention, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), to be held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, January 29-31, 2013. The Exhibit Hall, with over 220 exhibitors, is open January 30-31 and the education program with over 100 sessions runs January 29-31. Additionally, companies, organizations and ACMA hold meetings from January 38 – February 1, 2013.

COMPOSITES distinguishes itself from other events by focusing on the business of composites and provides the primary forum for business to understand the applications and impact of new research and technology. Drawing attendees from over 650 companies and 40 countries, COMPOSITES connects top industry business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, universities and policy makers to all composites market segments and components of the value chain.

“COMPOSITES is all about showcasing the diversity of composites and providing the business opportunities and education for those involved with composites,” says ACMA Chief Executive Tom Dobbins. “Its unparalleled range of educational sessions provide attendees with real-life solutions that they can take back to the office, and the Exhibit Hall gives participants the opportunity to make the right connections with the right people at the right time. COMPOSITES showcases everything from traditional to high end materials, products and equipment as well as spotlighting technological advances, upgraded operational efficiencies, “green” trends and emerging market opportunities such as automotive.”

COMPOSITES offers both ACMA member and nonmember rates, as well as special rates for academia and government. Attendees can register for an all-access “full conference” registration, Exhibit Hall only or a “show sampler” which provides access to three education sessions, the Exhibit Hall, two General Sessions and the Opening Welcome Reception.

Backed by more than three decades of experience, innovation and responsiveness to participants, COMPOSITES has a proven track record of results for attendees and exhibitors. With attendee registration up over 25% the past four years, COMPOSITES continues to demonstrate its relevance for all those involved with composite materials.

The COMPOSITES “Early Bird” registration rates are available through January 4, 2013. Housing is also open and exhibit and sponsor opportunities are still available.

For more information, visit: www.compositesshow.org

The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) is the composites industry’s most prestigious competition, recognizing outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development. The American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA), host of the ACE Awards, is soliciting submission now through November 30, 2012. These innovative products and processes will be showcased during COMPOSITES 2013, THE premier exhibition and convention, produced by ACMA, to be held in Orlando, Florida on January 29-31, 2013. The ACE Award winners will be announced at COMPOSITES 2013 during the Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

“ACE awards winners represent the most creative and innovative products and processes in the composites industry,” says ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “The awards recognize superiority in engineering and design as well as improvements and innovation in equipment and manufacturing. The products, equipment and processes that receive this distinguished recognition have significant impact within the market as well as a proven understanding of composites.”

The ACE competition is divided into three categories: design, manufacturing and market growth. In addition to a Best in Show award, two awards are presented in each category, ranging from the Innovation in Green Technology Award for design to the Infinite Possibility Award for market growth. All categories are open to manufacturers, while academia, equipment suppliers, software developers and end-users can submit entries to specific categories.

Backed by more than three decades of experience and a proven track record of delivering for attendees and exhibitors, COMPOSITES is the premier event of its kind in North America, attracting participants from more than 650 companies in 40 countries.

For more information, visit: www.compositesshow.org/2013/awards.cfm

COMPOSITES 2013, the most diverse and dynamic event in North America for all users of composite materials, has opened its Call for Presentations. Produced annually by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), COMPOSITES offers presenters a vital opportunity to share their expertise, advance industry knowledge and gain professional recognition. The deadline for submitting technical paper abstracts and education session descriptions is Sept. 7.

COMPOSITES 2013 will be held January 29-31 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It is expected to draw participants from more than three dozen countries as well as the U.S. It will include an Exhibit Hall showcasing goods and services representing 40-plus market segments plus a special floor display of cutting-edge products. Innovative entries in the prestigious ACE (Award for Composites Excellence) and Pinnacle Award competitions will be in the spotlight as well.

“Education is a key component of the COMPOSITES connection with attendees,” says Marcy Offner of Composites One, chair of ACMA’s Convention Committee. “The diversity of speakers offered — including top executives, entrepreneurs, academics and research innovators as well as policy makers and regulatory experts – is unparalleled and reflects COMPOSITES’ premier position in the industry.”

“The educations sessions include how-to instruction, trouble-shooting expertise, best practice information, case studies and process assistance,” continues Offner. “The technical papers provide top-notch research on materials and products, cutting-edge applications, design protocol, code development, case histories and statistical analysis. COMPOSITES presentations aren’t just up-to-the-minute. They offer a compelling look ahead — blueprints for achieving the industry’s brightest future.”

Technical paper submissions are peer-reviewed for potential award recognition during COMPOSITES. The winner of the ACMA Best Overall Technical Paper Award for COMPOSITES 2012 was A Novel Approach to Manufacturing Foam-Filled Honeycomb Sandwich Structures. It was presented by Matthew Lowry, Director of Research and Development, M.C. Gill Corporation. This submission was also cited as the best paper in the Design and Engineering track.

COMPOSITES is backed by ACMA’s decades of organizational experience and a proven track record of delivering for attendees and exhibitors. All net profits from the event are invested back into composites industry education, advocacy and outreach. COMPOSITES provides world-class business, education and networking opportunities for anyone involved in the development and use of composite materials.

For more information, visit www.compositesshow.org

The American Composites Manufacturers Association ( ACMA) has announced the program for its Chemical Processing Symposium 2012: Managing Corrosion with Non-Metallics. The two-day event, which is being held May 23-24 in Houston, Texas, will showcase an impressive roster of case study presentations and educational sessions focusing on why composites are particularly suitable for use in the highly corrosive environments of chemical processing applications.

Included on the program for Wednesday, May 23: Using Composites in Chlor-Alkali Plants, presented by Justin Merritt of KBR Engineering; Hyrochloric Acid and FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic), presented by Dale Keeler of Dow Chemical Company; Uses of FRP Construction for Corrosion Resistance in Sulfuric and Phosphoric Acid Applications, presented by Tino Prado of Prado & Associates; Gas-Tight FRP Flange Connections, presented by Deborah McCauley of DuPont and Material Choices for Bromine Service, presented by Hardin Wells of Albemarle Corporation.

Among the topics on Thursday, May 24: Proper Design of FRP Equipment Using Corrosion-Resistant Resins, presented by Michael G. Stevens of Ashland Performance Materials; Proper Design of FRP Equipment Using Corrosion-Resistant Reinforcements, presented by Kevin Spoo of Owens Corning; RTP-1, A Standard for FRP Storage Tanks, presented by Jeff Eisenman of Maverick Applied Science; Design of Dual Laminate Vessels and Tanks, presented by Brian Linnemann of RL Industries, Inc.; and FRP Pipe and Fitting Design, presented by Kira Townsend of RPS Composites.

“Education has always been a key component of ACMA’s work on behalf of the composites industry,” notes Symposium Planning Committee Chairman Thom Johnson of Ashland Performance Materials, who will be delivering an overview presentation on Composites in Chemical Processing. “The program for this event reflects that. It also illustrates an on-going effort to reach out to – and better inform — engineers and end users about composites’ unique and superior qualities in chemical service.”

Each day’s program will also feature a panel discussion moderated by Terry Cowley of DuPont, which will provide attendees with an opportunity to question the Symposium’s expert speakers. In addition, there will be an Exhibit Hall spotlighting corrosion-related composites products and services. Among the scheduled exhibitors: AOC Resins; Ashland Performance Materials; Composites One, LLC; Corrosion Products of Texas; ErgonArmor; Litek Composites Corp.; Maverick Applied Science; Owens Corning; Reichhold, Inc.; and RPS Composites.

NACE International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the study of corrosion, is partnering with ACMA as a participating organization in this Symposium. Ashland is the event’s overall sponsor.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org/meetings

Friday, 24 February 2012 11:25

COMPOSITES 2012 Showcases Innovation

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Close to 3,400 attendees flocked to COMPOSITES 2012, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in Las Vegas on February 21-23. The three-day event, the most diverse trade show of its kind in North America, drew more than 200 U.S. and international exhibitors representing 40-plus market segments. It also saluted achievements in design, manufacturing and market growth with the presentation of the prestigious ACE (Awards for Composites Excellence) and Pinnacle Awards.

“COMPOSITES 2012 did more than simply build on past achievements,” says ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “It offered a springboard into the future. The composites industry, like so many others, has faced a lot of challenges in recent years. But the mood at COMPOSITES 2012 was optimistic and energized. The emphasis was on opportunities—new products, new processes, new markets. We are seeing more and more interest in high-performance, sustainability and infrastructure improvement. Our industry is poised to play a key role in all those areas going forward.”

The COMPOSITES 2012 Exhibit Hall—which Luchak describes as an “incredible venue for learning and doing business”—opened on Wednesday, February 22. Exhibitors offered a diverse array of basic and cutting-edge materials, processes and equipment. While attendees valued the chance to find the products and services their businesses require to excel in traditional markets and expand into emerging ones, exhibitors appreciated being able to talk, face-to-face, with current and potential customers.

“The COMPOSITES show is valuable for many reasons,” says Timothy C. Price, vice president of The R.J. Marshall Company and general manager of Alpine Milled Glass. “It’s a great platform to introduce new products and highlight existing products to customers, distributors and suppliers. It provides us with crucial feedback and qualified leads.”

Pat Shannon, sales manager for North America and South America at ITW WindGroup, echoes that sentiment. “COMPOSITES gives the ITW WindGroup the opportunity to get caught up on industry trends, whether raw materials or process related,” he comments. “It keeps us up-to-date on competitive activity and gives us an opportunity to meet with customers in a more relaxed setting.”

According to Luchak, networking and education were two of the most vitally exciting components of the COMPOSITES 2012 experience. “People who joined us in Las Vegas this year had one-stop access to industry leaders and decision makers as well as suppliers, distributors and manufacturers,” she notes. “And thanks to the nearly 100 education sessions and technical paper presentations, attendees could learn about the very latest in research and development and find out what’s coming next. They also had a series of opportunities to connect with ACMA and understand all the work it does on behalf of the industry.”

Luchak believes the keynote address delivered by NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace on Tuesday, February 21, resonated with attendees. Wallace offered firsthand observations about how the use of composites materials has made NASCAR vehicles safer, stronger and more durable. He also urged members of the composites industry to “band together to spread the word that composites are better than steel, aluminum and other materials.”

The 2012 ACE and Pinnacle Awards—as well as ACMA Member and Technical Paper Awards—were presented at the popular Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 22. The Best of Show Award was given to the Cervelo R5ca High Performance Carbon Bicycle Frame from Cervelo Cycles, Inc. of Toronto, Canada. Cited as Best Overall Technical Paper as well as Best in the Design & Engineering track was A Novel Approach to Manufacturing Foam-Filled Honeycomb Sandwich Structures, presented by Matthew Lowry, Director of Research and Development for M.C. Gill Corporation.

As ACMA’s current president, Luchak selected Leon Garoufalis, president of Composites One, to receive the annual President’s Award. Richard Higgins, president of HK Research, received the ACMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

COMPOSITES 2013 will be held in January 29-31, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

“As successful as COMPOSITES 2012 was,” says Luchak, “we’re looking forward to COMPOSITES 2013 being even better.”

For more information, visit: www.acmashow.org

Monday, 20 February 2012 11:00

COMPOSITES 2012 Set to Kick Off in Las Vegas

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More than 3,000 composites industry leaders, decision makers, innovators and entrepreneurs are streaming into Las Vegas to attend COMPOSITES 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on February 21-23. The premier exhibition and convention of its kind in North America is produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

“The theme this year is ‘It’s All About Tomorrow’s Business,’” says ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “Our industry is positioning itself for a bigger, brighter future and COMPOSITES is crucial to that process. We’re focusing on high performance, competing against traditional materials in key markets and going greener. We also believe the composites industry is poised to play a vital role in training for re-employment and upgrading the nation’s infrastructure.”

NASCAR legend and ABC/ESPN commentator Rusty Wallace will deliver a keynote address to attendees on Tuesday, February 21 during a general session event sponsored by Owens Corning. Wallace will speak about leadership, teamwork and composites in automotive racing.

The dynamic COMPOSITES Exhibit Hall opens on Wednesday, February 22. More than 200 U.S. and international companies are signed up to showcase products and services from 40-plus market segments. The Exhibit Hall will also offer live demonstrations of closed mold technology and other composites processes as well as a special display of the entries for the 2012 ACE (Awards for Composites Excellence) and Pinnacle Awards. These awards, which reflect the composites industry’s drive for innovation, sustainability and market growth, will be presented on Wednesday, February 22.

“The ACE and Pinnacle Awards are one of the highlights of COMPOSITES,” notes Luchak. “They embody what’s best in the industry right now, and point toward what’s coming next.”

COMPOSITES 2012 also provides a wide range of nearly 100 education sessions and technical papers presentations. “Education is a COMPOSITES hallmark,” Luchak says. “Our speakers draw from real-life applications as well as cutting edge, experimental research. You won’t find such a diverse and comprehensive roster of offerings anywhere else.”

Revenues from COMPOSITES 2012 are reinvested in ACMA’s efforts on behalf of the composites industry.

CCP Composites, Composites One, Owens Corning and Reichhold are Platinum Sponsors of COMPOSITES 2012.

Representing more than 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest trade group representing the composites industry. ACMA provides strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In addition, it hosts COMPOSITES, the largest composites trade show in North America, with suppliers and manufacturers from all market segments.

For more information, visit: www.acmashow.org

The complete program for COMPOSITES 2012 is now available online, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced. Backed by a proven track record of more than 30 years of experience, innovation and results, COMPOSITES 2012 will bring together all segments of the composites industry in Las Vegas on February 21-23.

“COMPOSITES 2012 is all about tomorrow’s business,” says Convention Chair Marcy Offner of Composites One. “Offering an unparalleled selection of diverse education opportunities with real-life applications is a key component of this. Our programming showcases everything from basic materials and technologies to cutting edge products, processes and research. Participants have a unique chance to learn from the best in the industry and boost their bottom line. We know our attendees are looking for information that will give them an economic edge in a challenging market environment. Our goal is to provide it.”

The COMPOSITES 2012 program includes more than 100 education sessions and peer-reviewed technical papers as well as a special University Poster Session highlighting new research. Presentations will focus on green composites, material advancements, developments in manufacturing, design standards and engineering, enhanced business strategies and market expansion.

“COMPOSITES 2012 attendees will benefit from unmatched, one-stop access to industry leaders, achievers and innovators as well as top academic researchers and experts on regulatory and legislative issues,” notes Offner. “And because of ACMA’s partnerships with SAMPE, SPE and the Adhesive and Sealant Council, we deliver education programs people won’t find anyplace else.”

“World-class education is a hallmark of the COMPOSITES experience,” according to ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “And it goes far beyond the formal sessions and presentations. Our Exhibit Hall, which is visited by 99 percent of the people who attend COMPOSITES, will feature more than 220 U.S. and international exhibitors. It’s an incredible venue for learning and doing business. We also offer a wide range of networking opportunities, including general and specialized receptions and our Awards Luncheon.”

Core areas being discussed at COMPOSITES include:

•    Green Composites – European and U.S. life cycle assessment (LCA)  results and case studies, recycling, marketing, data collection tools and tips and more.
•    Materials – Learn how material advancements increase viable options for new and existing products and manufacturing technologies. Explore green fibers and resins, carbon fiber, glass and more.
•    Manufacturing – Developments in processing technology and improvements in efficiency, plus the latest on styrene and its implications for manufacturing.
•    Design and Engineering – Design standards in various end use markets; technology, tools and resources.
•    Composites Markets – Evaluating and choosing composites over other materials, traditional and emerging composites markets, case studies on challenges and triumphs to lead the industry.
•    Regulatory and Legislative – Covered by ACMA, the composites industry’s recognized expert. Styrene, dust, health and safety and regulatory updates.
•    Business Strategy – Statistics, trends and management techniques; local and global perspectives.

The launch of the online program posting is one aspect of COMPOSITES expanding digital outreach strategy. In addition to scheduling details, the website will provide presentation highlights, information updates and special conference extras.

COMPOSITES is the most diverse and dynamic event of its kind in North America. Designed to connect manufacturers, end users, suppliers and distributors, it is a vital forum for doing business.

For more information or to register, visit: www.acmashow.com

Winners of the 2011 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) and Pinnacle Awards included: A golf club using a carbon fiber-reinforced molding compound that will improve the game for players, from duffers to pros; a composites gas tank that is 57% lighter than steel and will increase vehicle performance and decrease the environmental footprint and a 100% post-consumer recycled glass countertop for eco-friendly construction.

These are just a few of the innovations and new technologies that were honored last year by the ACE Awards, hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Pinnacle Awards, hosted by International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA). The awards salute innovation in technology, design, manufacturing and product development.

Applications are being solicited for these prestigious awards—the industry’s premier recognition of product achievement. All entries will be showcased at COMPOSITES 2012 on the exhibit floor, which attracts top industry leaders and decision makers. The deadline for entries for the 2012 ACE and Pinnacle competitions is December 30, 2011.   

Submissions are sought in the following categories.

Design
•    Innovation in Green Composites Technology: The product that best exemplifies innovation that minimizes the environmental footprint of the product.
•    Most Creative Application: The product that demonstrates the use of composites materials to make a product that is imaginative, innovative and artistic.

Manufacturing
•    Equipment Innovation: The equipment, tooling or software that is designed to improve the manufacturing production, environmental sustainability or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing.
•    Process Innovation: The product that best exemplifies efficient manufacturing that contributes to overall product sustainability.

Market Growth
•    Composites Sustainability: The product that demonstrates an improvement in the environmental impact of a product in an application that supports the attributes of sustainability as defined by the products use phase in sustainable development.
•    Infinite Possibility for Market Growth: The product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites.

Pinnacle Award Categories
•    Cast Polymer Excellence: The product that demonstrates a creative application of cast polymer materials.
•    Cast Polymer Design: The product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of cast polymer products in new or emerging markets.

All ACE categories are open to manufacturers.  Academics, equipment suppliers, software developers and end-users are encouraged to submit to specifically applicable categories.  Manufacturers specializing in cast polymer should make submissions to the Pinnacle Awards.

For more information, visit: www.acmashow.org/awards.cfm

Monday, 28 November 2011 12:05

COMPOSITES 2012: Registration Now Open

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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced that attendee and housing registration is now open for COMPOSITES 2012, which will be held February 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The COMPOSITES convention and trade show is the premier event of its kind in North America, drawing attendees from more than 650 companies in 40 countries, representing the full value chain in all industry sectors.

“COMPOSITES showcases everything from basic to high end materials, products and equipment as well as spotlighting technological advances, upgraded operational efficiencies, 'green' trends and emerging market opportunities,” says Marcy Offner, marketing manager of Composites One and chair of the Convention Steering Committee. “It also offers an unparalleled range of educational sessions with real-life, practical applications. COMPOSITES is truly all about tomorrow’s business.”

NASCAR star and ESPN/ABC Sports commentator Rusty Wallace is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a keynote event on February 21. Wallace will discuss the importance of teamwork and the use of composites in the automotive racing world.

“For more than 20 years, COMPOSITES has provided experience, innovation and responsiveness for the entire profession with a proven track record of results for attendees and exhibitors,” says ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. “It’s also an investment in the future. ACMA reinvests all net revenues from this event in the association’s efforts in support of its members, their companies and the industry.”

COMPOSITES Exhibit Hall showcases companies offering products and services for all market segments and manufacturing companies - all in one place, at one time. Nearly 140 exhibitors are already on board for COMPOSITES 2012 with more signing up every day.
The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) will be presented at COMPOSITES 2012. The deadline for entries is December 30.

The COMPOSITES “Early Bird” registration rates are available through January 18.

For more information, visit: www.acmashow.org

Expanding the use of cast polymer is the focus of the International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA) Fall 2011 Multi-Regional Workshop. The event – billed as a “don’t-miss opportunity for professional education, demonstrations, networking and business improvement” – will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 29-30. It will bring together key manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators and installers of cast polymer products from around the country.

Kicking off the agenda is an exclusive, four-hour seminar on ICPA’s new architectural Cast Polymer Products Guide Specification document, presented by Phil Kabza. ICPA sees effective use of this new, custom tailored guide specification as “key” to successfully expanding cast polymer businesses beyond residential construction and into commercial markets.

Also included on the workshop’s extensive schedule is an update on federal and state regulatory issues from ACMA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, John Schweitzer. In addition to detailing the impact of recent and pending government actions on the composites industry, this interactive event will provide in-depth information on ICPA/ACMA advocacy efforts in the regulatory arena.

Responding to the ever-changing market dynamic and competition from new surfaces, there will also be a session on the latest building trends and how to incorporate them into individual business plans.

Capping workshop activities on September 29 is “The Tonight Show” with composites industry leader Jack Simmons of ACS International. He will interview top manufacturers about their strategies for keeping companies strong in tough economic times.

The second day of the ICPA Fall 2011 Workshop will showcase dynamic demonstrations on fiberglass, silicone and urethane mold making. There will also be a special program on how to cast an on-trend and increasingly popular product – polymer concrete – using existing molds and tooling.

The upcoming ICPA Multi-Regional Workshop will take place at the Argosy Casino and Hotel and CCP Training Facility. According to ICPA, the gathering is designed to be “small, smart and every specific in the information and opportunities it offers.” ICPA serves as the industry voice on legislative and regulatory issues as well as promoting the use of cast polymer products through its MasterCast Engineered Composites marketing initiative.

For more information, to register and make hotel reservations, visit: www.acmashow.org/ICPA2012

COMPOSITES 2012:  THE Premier Exhibition and Convention, is accepting presentation and technical paper submissions now through September 9.  COMPOSITES 2012, will be held February 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). The COMPOSITES convention and trade show is the premier event of its kind in North America, offering the greatest diversity and drawing attendees from more than 650 companies representing the full value chain in all industry sectors.

COMPOSITES seeks presentations on advanced materials or processes, new uses for traditional materials or processes as well as innovations and research on growth markets. Presenters are expected to explain the potential practical applications of the information they provide. While COMPOSITES 2012 is putting special emphasis on composites in power generation and automobiles, submissions in other areas are welcome. Potential topics include: aerospace, building and construction, cast polymers, green composites, high performance composites, military applications, processing technologies plus testing and evaluations.

Both technical paper abstracts and education session presentation ideas are due by September 9.  Technical papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in the ACMA online archive. They will also be eligible for the ACMA Technical Paper Awards.

Education opportunities at COMPOSITES are the most extensive in the industry.  Past presentation topics have included:  Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Life Cycle Inventory (LCI), robotics, tensile strength testing methods, initiatives for financing composite innovations, styrene cancer assessment and bio-based composite resins.

Interested presenters should make submissions at: www.acmashow.org

The American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) Pultrusion Industry Council (PIC) has taken a key step toward creation of a national standard for the use of pultruded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites materials by developing the first-ever Code of Standard Practice for Fabrication and Installation of Pultruded FRP Structures. The Code details industry-accepted procedures and practices for the fabrication and installation of pultruded FRP structures and provides recommendations for construction contract documents.

The Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Relevant Committee formed by ACMA’s Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) has announced its intent to convert PIC’s industry guidelines into an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. To this end, it has submitted to ANSI a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) request for Standards Action Public Review.

“Composite materials have long been recognized for the advantages they offer in terms of strength to weight ratio, resistance to corrosion, low maintenance requirements and long life cycle,” says John Busel, director of CGI. “The establishment of an ANSI standard for performance criteria will allow structural engineers to incorporate FRP composite materials into their work with more confidence than ever. It will mean stronger, safer and better buildings.”

“ACMA is working toward the time when composite materials are integral to every building constructed in the US,” adds ACMA President Lori Luchak. “Adoption of a national standard is key to the increased use of reliable, durable composites material. And that increased use will benefit both individual members of the American public and our national economy.”

PIC worked with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to develop an LRFD Prestandard. This prestandard currently is being promulgated by the ASCE Fiber Composites and Polymer Standards Committee.

“The prestandard is divided into two components,” explains Busel. “There is the standard requirements, which consists of the rules structural engineers must comply with when designing anything. Then there’s the commentary, which is an expanded explanation of the requirements. It’s basically background information and is not binding on users. Right now, PIC’s Code of Standard Practice for Fabrication and Installation of Pultruded FRP Structures is referenced in the prestandard commentary. If it is converted to a recognized consensus standard – which would be accomplished by it becoming an ANSI standard – it can be referenced in the requirements section during the ASCE balloting process. This would give the PIC Code more practical muscle and further the expansion of composites use.”

Representing over 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry. ACMA publishes a quarterly magazine, Composites Manufacturing; offers a universal, comprehensive training program for fabricators - Certified Composites Technician - and provides strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In addition, ACMA hosts COMPOSITES, the largest composites tradeshow in North America with supplier and manufacturer representatives from all market segments.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org

Lori Luchak, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites in Portland, Oregon, is the new president of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).   The leader of a second generation involved in a family business, Luchak has been active in ACMA for many years, serving as member of the Board, chairing the Convention Committee, speaking at various training programs, taking part in strategic planning and serving as contributing editor for ACMA’s CM Magazine.  She earned her Certified Composites Technician (CCT) status in 1999.

Luchak is the daughter of two-term ACMA president, Lowell Miles, who is CEO and owner of Miles Fiberglass & Composites.  “I learned a lot from watching my father lead ACMA through difficult times,” she recalls.

While acknowledging the composites industry and ACMA have faced many tough challenges in recent years, Luchak believes there are exciting opportunities ahead.  According to her, “The focus on energy efficiency and the increase in demand for lighter, more durable products has opened the door for composites.”

“I have seen many changes in ACMA since I attended my first annual trade show held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 25 years ago,” says Luchak.  “I could not imagine that I would someday be the first female president of ACMA, a testament to it being a forward thinking organization.”

Luchak succeeds Monty Felix as president of ACMA.  A former Marine Colonel, Felix is the CEO of Alaglas Pools in St. Matthews, South Carolina.  “His forward thinking mentality moved ACMA from being reactive to proactive,” says Luchak of her predecessor.  “I will work hard to keep that same momentum.”

With Luchak’s ascension, Jay Merrell becomes the president-elect/treasurer of ACMA’s Board.  Merrell is with Norplex-Micarta in Noblesville, Indiana.

Monty Felix will become ACMA’s immediate past president.  Leon Garoufalis, president/COO of Composites One, LLC, will be vice president and John Gaither, CEO of Reichhold, Inc., will be secretary. Kevin McDonald, general manager of PPG Industries Fiber Glass, is the new supplier at large for the Board.

Joining the ACMA Board of Directors:

* Steven Balogh – Vice-President of Mar-Bal, Inc.
* Gary Beck -- President of Global Composites, Inc.
* Dirk De Vuyst – President & CEO of International Marble Industries, Inc.  A past president of the International Cast Polymer Alliance, De Vuyst is ICPA’s liaison to the ACMA board.
* Andy Harris – CEO of Syrgis Performance Products.
* Tom Hedger – President of Magnum Venus Plastech.
*  Tom Pilcher – President of Ershigs, Inc.

To access the entire ACMA Board of Directors, click here.

Representing over 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry. ACMA publishes a quarterly magazine, Composites Manufacturing; offers a universal, comprehensive training program for fabricators - Certified Composites Technician - and provides strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In addition, ACMA hosts COMPOSITES, the largest composites tradeshow in North America with supplier and manufacturer representatives from all market segments.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org

The Composites Exhibition and Convention

Connect. Learn. Grow.

February 2-4, 2011
Broward County Convention Center
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

COMPOSITES 2011 connects the entire composites industry to provide you the broadest range of networking, vendors and education – face-to-face and under one roof.  Find everything from basic materials to cutting-edge, high-tech products and equipment to help you grow and remain competitive in traditional and emerging markets.  Plus, learn with in-depth education and demonstrations focusing on real world applications of materials, processes and innovations.

You're invited to connect, learn and grow with the composites industry at COMPOSITES 2011.

Regardless of your industry segment, your competitors will be at COMPOSITES 2011.

Exhibitors:

21st Century Composites
A&P Technology
A.B. Carter, Inc.
A.P.C.M. Manufacturing LLC
ACS International
The Adhesive & Sealant Council
Adhesive Systems, Inc.
Adhesive Technologies, Inc.
Advanced Plastics, Inc.
Ahlstrom Glass Nonwovens, LLC
Airtech International
Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals
Albion Engineering Company
Allied Custom Gypsum
American Colors, Inc.
Amorim Cork Composites
AOC
Arkema Inc.
Ashland Inc.
Ashland Inc. - Pliogrip
ATC Formulated Polymers Inc.
Auburn University
AXEL
Baltek Inc. a company of 3A Composites
Bayer Material Science
Bedford Reinforced Plastics Inc
Beijing Partnerworld International Exhibition Co. Ltd.
BIESSE America
Binks
Brenntag Specialties, Inc.
Breton SpA
Broadview Technologies, Inc
BYK USA, Inc.
Cannon USA
Carolina Narrow Fabric Co.
Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure
Cerex Advanced Fabrics, Inc.
Chem-Trend LP
The Chemark Consulting Group
Chemique Adhesives Inc.
The ChemQuest Group, Inc.
China National Building Materials & Equipment Import & Export Corp.
CHOMARAT North America
Clariant Corporation
CM Magazine
CMS North America, Inc.
Colbond, Inc.
Composite Panel Solutions, Inc.
Composite Polymer Design
Composite Technical Services
CompositeBuild.com
Composites Europe Lounge
Composites One
Composites One - The Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine
CompositesWorld
Continental Diamond Tool
Cook Composites & Polymers
CPIC
CR Onsrud Inc.
Crane Composites, Inc.
Creative Pultrusions, Inc.
CTG International (North America), Inc.
Dassault Systems Americas Corp.
Design Imaging
DIAB Sales, Inc.
Diamond Tool Supply
Diatrim Tools
Dieffenbacher GmbH & Co. KG
Dyplast
E.T. Horn Company
Eastman Chemical
Eastman Machine Company
EcoPoxy Systems
Elliott Company of Indianapolis, Inc.
Engineered Fillers International
Engineered Syntactic Systems
Entec Composite Machines
Envirosystems, LLC
ES Manfacturing, Inc.
Eurovac Inc.
Fiber Glass Industries
Fiber-Line, Inc.
FIBERGLASS COATINGS, INC
Fiberlay Inc.
Franklynn Industries
Frees, Inc.
Freudenberg Nonwovens
FRP Equipment.com, Inc.
General Plastics Mfg Co.
Gibco Flex-Mold Inc.
Gibson Fiberglass
Graco Inc
Gruber Systems
Gunnar USA, Inc.
Hawkeye Industries, Inc.
HELD Technologie GmbH
Henkel Corporation
Hennecke Inc.
HK Research Corporation
Hodogaya Chemical (USA), Inc.
Hollingsworth & Vose Co.
Huber Engineered Materials
IKONICS Micro-Machining Solutions
Imperium, Inc.
International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC)
Interplastic Corporation/NAC
Intertape Polymer Group
Intertek
IPS Weld On Corporation
Italpresse USA, Inc.
ITW Insulation Systems
ITW Plexus
ITW WindGroup
JEC Group
Jiaxing Sunny FRP Industries Co., Ltd.
JRL Ventures, Inc.
Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc.
KNF FLEXPAK Corporation
Knowlton Technologies LLC
Krauss Maffei Corporation
LCOA Composites
Lindau Chemicals, Inc.
Litek Composites Corporation
Lucintel
Luna Technologies
MacMillan & Donnelly, Inc.
Magna Exteriors and Interiors
Magnum Venus Plastech
Mahogany Composites Kit Manufacturing
MAS Products/Bio-Solv
MCC Equipment & Service Center
McCausey
McClean Anderson
McLube Division/ McGee Industries Inc.
MDC MOULD&PLASTIC CO., LTD
Mektech Composites Inc.
METYX Composites
Micro Air
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
Multiax International
MultiCam, Inc.
Myers Engineering, Inc.
Nederman Inc.
Nida-Core Corporation
Northern
Norton Abrasives
NuWhirl Systems Corporation
Olympus
Orca Composites
Owens Corning
Oxeon Inc.
Parabeam BV
Park Electrochemical Corp.
Performance Minerals Corporation
Plascore, Inc.
Plasticolors, Inc.
Polytek Development Corp.
PPG Industries
Precision Drive Systems
Precision Fabrics Group
Precision Quincy Corp.
Pro-Set, Inc.
The R.J. Marshall Company
Reichhold
Reinforced Plastics
Rexco Mold Care Products
RS Hughes Co.
SAERTEX USA, LLC
SAMPE
Schuler Incorporated
Scott Bader, Inc.
Seco Tools Inc.
Sika Corporation
SL Laser Systems
Smart Tooling
Smooth-On Inc
Sogel Inc
Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance
SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit
Specialty Products Co.
Spheretex America, Inc.
Stiles Machinery Inc.
Structural Composites Inc
Sworl, div. Of Prairie Technology Group, Inc.
Sybo Composites LLC
Syrgis Performance Initiators, Inc.
Taconic
TCM Composites, a Division of Kenway Corporation
TCR Composites, Inc.
Technical Fibre Products, Inc.
TECHNOBASALT-INVEST, LLC
Teijin Aramid USA, Inc.
Thermal Wave Imaging
Thermwood Corporation
Toho Tenax America, Inc.
TR Industries
Tricel Honeycomb Corporation
Unicomposite Technology Co., Ltd.
United Soybean Board
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University Of Maine - AEWC
University of Mississippi
Valspar
Vectorply Corporation
Ventilation Solutions
Wabash National (DuraPlate Products Group)
The Warm Company
Watkins & Associates, Inc.
WebCore Technologies
Winona State University
Wisconsin Oven Corporation
Wm. T. Burnett & Co.
Wolff Industries, Inc.
Xamax Industries, Inc.
XG Sciences
Zeon Chemicals and Telene
Zotefoams, Inc.

More information about the event can be found at: http://www.acmashow.org/

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