SPE® ACCE Announces First Parts Competition at 2012 Show

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced that it will hold its first parts competition at this year’s show, September 11-13, 2012 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI.  One innovative composites application submitted by sponsors/exhibitors or automakers will be selected by the committee and invited judges from entries and announced on the last day of the show during closing ceremonies, with a follow-up announcement describing the application and why it was selected to be released after the event.
Creig Bowland, senior research associate at PPG Industries, and the 2011 and 2012 SPE ACCE conference chair said, “We’ve seen our large-parts display area grow considerably over the past few years.  This year, it just seemed to make sense to capture some additional detail on all those parts that were at the show and provide some recognition for the innovation we were seeing – especially since our theme this year is Unleashing the Power of Design. What better way can we show automakers just what composites can do?”  Bowland adds that there is no cost to nominate parts for the competition.  Materials suppliers, molders, or OEMs in any geography may nominate as long as the OEM gives permission.  Parts may be on passenger cars or light trucks, original equipment or aftermarket, as long as they are already in commercial (series) production or will be in production by November 1, 2012.

“Nominations will be judged on the impact and trendsetting nature of the application,” Bowland adds, “including materials of construction, processing method, assembly methods, and other enabling technologies that made the application possible.  Nominations should also emphasize benefits of design, weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, functional integration, and improved performance.”
Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws almost 500 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the transportation composites.  Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America.  Fully one-third of attendees indicate they work for automotive and light truck, agriculture, truck & bus, heavy truck, or aviation OEM, and another 25% representing tier suppliers.  Attendees also represent composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers.  The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.

Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due August 15. Physical parts must be brought to and displayed at the SPE ACCE for final review by judges during a formal walk-through at a date and time to be announced.

For more information or to enter, visit: www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm

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