SPE® Announces Details for 2015 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition

The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the dates, theme, and location for this year’s show and issued its annual Call for Papers. Now in its fifteenth year, the SPE ACCE is the world’s leading forum for automotive composites and draws over 900 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on five continents. This year’s show, whose theme is Composites: The Next Generation of Lightweighting, returns September 9-11, 2015 to The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

"There's been a lot of talk in the past year about the inroads made by aluminum on notable vehicles like Ford's F-150 pickups," explains Dale Brosius, chief commercialization officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and 2015 SPE ACCE conference co-chair. "However, when I speak with automakers, what they nearly always say is that aluminum is a short-term fix but that composites are the next generation of lightweight materials and will become more and more critical the closer we get to the stringent fuel-economy and emissions mandates of 2025."

"One of the best things about attending the SPE ACCE is that you quickly learn that composites aren't some exotic material that our industry will use someday," adds Fred Deans, chief marketing officer at Allied Composite Technologies LLC and SPE ACCE conference co-chair. "A quick walk around our show floor and visits to our technical sessions highlights just how many different types of composites are already being used on cars and trucks. As the needs of transportation OEMs have changed, the supply base has responded with more efficient materials, faster processes, and more ways to use this incredibly diverse and effective class of materials. It's what keeps this show and this industry lively and exciting."

Those interested in speaking at this year’s event should submit abstracts by March 31, 2015 and full papers or presentations are due May 29, 2015 to the review committee via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Authors who submit full papers (not presentations) in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Best Paper Awards, which will be presented during the event’s opening ceremony.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws over 900 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in 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, or aviation OEMs, and another 25% represent tier suppliers. Attendees also work for 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.

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

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