CAMX Connection – Preforming Grows Up

Preforming Grows Up

Preforming — the process of preparing reinforcements used to mold 3D parts — is in high demand and evolving quickly to meet the needs of high-volume industrial manufacturing processes. Automation and innovation are key. More.

All Aboard the Sailing Yacht A!

In the world of marine construction, composites have been the premier, preferred material for decades due to their light weight. Keeping weight down is a critical goal when building any vessel, especially when you’re creating a boat with three masts each taller than Big Ben. Back in May, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko became the owner of that boat.

Known as “Sailing Yacht A,” the $450 million yacht features three carbon fiber masts that are each more than 300 feet tall.

The vessel was designed by French designer Philippe Starck, who also produced Steve Jobs’ yacht “Venus.” Dirk Kloosterman, who helped design Larry Ellison’s boat “Rising Sun,” was the project leader. The freestanding masts were manufactured by Magma Structures in Portsmouth, UK. Doyle Sailmakers USA manufactured the three fully-automated carbon fiber/taffeta full-roach sails.

The masts are believed to be the largest freestanding composite structures in the world, and the largest of any yacht. They are able to withstand twice the weight of a commercial Boeing Dreamliner wing. In North America, perhaps the closest structure that matches that magnitude is Apple’s “Campus 2” – which features the largest freestanding carbon fiber roof.

In addition to the strength it receives from carbon fiber, the yacht is encased in bomb-proof glass and features 40 security cameras. The yacht’s 468-foot-long hull is made primarily with steel, but it also incorporates carbon fiber to keep the superstructure’s overall weight down.

The yacht has eight decks, a helicopter pad, a huge pool, and an underwater observation area. It is powered by a “hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers,” and is designed to accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 54. Each diesel engine produces 4,800 horsepower, while the two electric motors are rated at 4300 kWh each. Due to its size, Sailing Yacht A has a cruising speed of 18 miles per hour and has a maximum speed of 24 mph.

All of the latest products and processes for marine composites manufacturing will be on display in the CAMX Exhibit Hall! For more information, visit

CAMX Live! Features Disruptive Innovators

Disruptive innovation – a term generally associated with the creation of new markets or disruptions in existing markets by displacing market leaders – is the central theme of the CAMX General Session – CAMX Live! This year, CAMX Live! features three individuals who have helped change the way the world looks at composites through their incredible industry achievements. CAMX Live! Presenters include Boom Technology Structural Engineer Bryce Knight, Composites Building Structures President/CEO James Antonic, and Oracle Team USA Designer Kurt Jordan will be speaking. Learn more and register today!

Use MyCAMX Planner to Search Exhibitors and the Conference Program

CAMX is a must-attend event for the composites and advanced materials industry. No other event brings together the top industry innovators, manufacturers, suppliers, leaders, and professionals to one amazing marketplace.  With over 500 exhibitors and hundreds of conference sessions, you need to stay organized and have a plan to make sure you don’t miss anything!  Use the MyCAMX Planner to do all this (link to the MyPlanner)

Just Announced! The CAMX Conference Program

CAMX features the most robust Conference Program for the composites and advanced materials industry, including detailed Technical Papers, Education Sessions hosted by industry thought leaders, and a Poster Session highlighting cutting edge research.  Attend all the programming with a Premium or Full Conference registration, or choose the Show Sampler registration for access to four sessions.  Review the detailed conference program schedule, see speakers and times.

Register by August 18 and Save

Secure the best registration rates for Conference Programs, Featured Sessions, Technical Papers, and Exhibit Hall passes at CAMX – the largest, most comprehensive composites and advanced materials event. Make your plans now and register by August 18 to attend CAMX.

Reserve housing by August 18, 2017 for the best selection and rates. Official CAMX hotels range from $149 to $255 per night. Shuttle bus service is offered for hotels outside of walking distance. To make your reservation, visit or call Conference Direct, the only approved CAMX Housing Bureau, at US TOLL-FREE: 888-557-0824 or INTERNATIONAL: +1 801-512-2547.

Ready, Set, Register for the CAMX Race

Test your composites knowledge and compete with other teams to win cash prizes of $500.  Join us on Wednesday, September 13th as the 2nd Annual CAMX Race takes place in the Exhibit Hall.  You’ll have two hours to visit exhibitor booths and answer challenge questions, and learn about the different companies that make up the industry.  Sign up during your registration process, or contact Mutsa Meda for more information. Find additional details here.

CAMX Introduces Innovation Park

Innovation Park at CAMX adds value to the CAMX experience with more exhibitors and education, opportunities to network and learn around the interests and topics that matter to you, as well as new innovations and ideas from startups, first-time exhibitors, and industry leaders and consultants. Nestled in the center of the expansive CAMX Exhibit Hall, Innovation Park is a hub showcasing innovation, networking, and collaboration. Learn more and register today.