CONFERENCE CONTENT | GM KEYNOTE
CAMX officially kicked off with a keynote address from Dr. J. Gary Smyth, Executive Director and Global Research & Development at General Motors. Dr Smyth’s presentation included a high-level perspective on transformational changes in the automotive industry and included what GM has learned about composites from the evolution of the Corvette.
CONFERENCE CONTENT | COMPOSITES TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION
Pre-conference Monday included overview sessions and tutorials towards ACMA’s Composites Technician Certificate (CCT), the industry’s gold standard for composites training. An attendee noted, experts and peers. “I work in Hawaii, where there isn’t a lot of high-tech industry,” he says. “At CAMX, I am surrounded by people creating other high-tech applications with composites. So I hope to find answers for the few problems we face over and over again.”
FROM THE EXHIBIT FLOOR | EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
The 335,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall opened today, featuring 550+ exhibitors from more than 20 countries. In the Exhibit Hall, attendees have the opportunity to learn about exciting new product developments and network with fellow industry professionals.
CONFERENCE CONTENT | FEATURED SESSIONS
A three day series of Featured Sessions began today, focusing on trends and exciting new opportunities for the industry, including topics that bridge low-cost/high-volume materials with high-performance/low-volume materials.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES | CAMX COMBINED STRENGTH AWARD
The CAMX Combined Strength Award went to Cincinnati Incorporated for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology that creates 3-D large-scale products up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES | CAMX UNSURPASSED INNOVATION AWARD
The Unsurpassed Innovation Award went to Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) for its TCA Ultra Lite, a Class A Body Panel material that GM recently used to cut weight from the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette. As automakers continue to seek material solutions for increasingly demanding fuel efficiency standards, materials such as TCA Ultra Lite set a high standard.
CONFERENCE CONTENT | EXECUTIVE INSIGHT FROM OWENS CORNING
After attending CAMX’s packed keynote address, Marcio Sandri of Owens Corning sat down with Composites Manufacturing magazine to share his thoughts on fiberglass, the future of the industry and more. Sandri is vice president and managing director of glass reinforcements for Owens Corning’s Composite Solutions Business.
NEWS UPDATE | REGISTRATION BREAKS RECORD
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s attendance has surpassed last year’s number. This year’s Exhibit Hall features nearly 550 exhibiting companies, representing 20 countries and five continents. Fifteen percent are from companies located outside of the United States.
SOCIAL SHARE | CAMX OPENING WELCOME RECEPTION
Last night’s Opening Welcome Reception was a huge hit. Attendees gathered for food, drink, and valuable networking to celebrate the opening day of the second annual CAMX – Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.
FROM THE EXHIBIT FLOOR | MACHINE DEMOS ATTRACT CROWDS
Attendees are moving from crowd to crowd to see all of the machinery at work on the Exhibit Hall floor. From cold lasers to precision cutting to 3-D printing, live demonstrations of the new technology from a broad range of industries.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES | POSTER SESSION AWARD AND AUTHOR MEET-AND-GREET
The CAMX Poster Session is a collection of work highlighting significant research conducted by students, universities and companies. Posters are on display through Thursday and authors will be available today from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for discussion and questions. Join us in the CAMX Registration area at 9:00 AM to meet with authors of the 2015 CAMX Poster Sessions.
CONFERENCE CONTENT | EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION
On Tuesday, a panel of educators, consultants and employers discussed the needs and challenges of growing a skilled labor pool in the composites and advanced materials industry. Insightful discussions surrounding existing education models leave us excited about next steps and programs to come.
CONFERENCE CONTENT | CAMX FEATURED SESSIONS
This week’s featured sessions focus on composites innovation and hot topics, with presentations by high-level industry leaders and technical experts. Presentations included “NNMI – National Network for Manufacturing Innovation” and “Structural Parts for Automotive: Why Carbon Fiber Composites? An International Overview.”
SOCIAL SHARE | MARKET SEGMENT RECEPTION…TEXAS FAIR STYLE
This event brought out the Texan in all of us! Attendees gathered for valuable networking with peers from the Corrosion, Aerospace, Automotive/Transportation, Wind/Energy, Architecture and Sporting Goods and Recreation market segments. Plenty of fun was at hand as attendees enjoyed fair style games, great food, and great company. – Sponsored by Composites One
CONFERENCE CONTENT | HOT TOPICS
Additive manufacturing and clean energy are two hot topics in the composites industry. Both were addressed in CAMX educational sessions on Tuesday. Read more in Composites Manufacturing Magazine.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES | ACMA CLOSING LUNCHEON
Award for Composites Excellence (ACE) Winners and ACMA Hall of Fame Inductees were recognized during Thursday’s ACMA Awards Luncheon. Lifetime Achievement Award and Chairman’s Award winners were also recognized.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES – SAMPE CLOSING LUNCHEON
Attendees gathered as SAMPE honored volunteers and Best in Track paper winners. They were also treated to a special presentation by Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor of MIT’s Department of Architecture. Having organized a part of the SOLVE initiateve at MIT, devoted to FUEL, CURE, LEARN, and MAKE, Prof. Goulthorpe provided a synopsis of the broad challenges faced by “makers” as we look at the (near) horizon of massively increased demand for material goods, especially as applied to buildings.
CONFERENCE CONTENT – NEW MARKETS
This year’s Market Application track sessions revealed opportunities in infrastructure, advanced composites and architecture. All three areas garnered attention as prime areas for composite penetration.