After two years, North America’s largest composite and advanced materials industry expo and conference program in the world, CAMX, returned to an in-person format.
November 2, 2021, DIAMOND BAR, CA – On October 19 – 21, CAMX – Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), welcomed the composites and advanced materials industry back to Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC) with nearly 4,000 in-person manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, engineers and researchers and close to 400 exhibiting companies. This year, CAMX+, a new, digital extension that enables access to on-demand content as well as recorded content from the in-person expo will be available through Dec. 31, 2021, extending opportunities for learning with hundreds of virtual-only registrants.
This year’s show started with an inspirational General Session keynote by Lockheed Martin’s Greg Ulmer. With rousing videos peppered throughout his talk, Ulmer spoke about how composites have innovated the way Lockheed Martin makes the products that protect America’s interests both at home and overseas, and how advanced manufacturing technologies shape the future of aviation at Lockheed Martin.
“It was inspiring to learn how the composites manufacturing industry has supported Lockheed Martin’s integration of advanced materials into their enterprise. The composites and aeronautic industries can accomplish so much more by working together,” said Cindy L. Squires, Esq., ACMA President and CEO. “There was a definite buzz around Lockheed Martin’s forward-focused applications of advanced manufacturing and materials, and our industry is ready to create and innovate in the aviation market.”
The CAMX Exhibit Hall showcased businesses impacting the future in a broad range of markets, including aerospace, automotive, architecture, 3-D printing, marine, transportation, recycling, wind energy, construction and infrastructure, sports and leisure, software, and academic research.
“Speaking with this year’s exhibitors was an uplifting experience,” said Zane Clark, SAMPE CEO. “Visiting the nearly 400 exhibitors and sitting in the education sessions made one thing clear; innovation didn’t stop during the pandemic; in fact, if the CAMX Awards is any indicator, it brought about even greater ways of bringing the world together.”
CAMX 2021 concluded on Thursday, October 21, with “Good Day, CAMX!” closing breakfast panel discussion on the topic of how Best Bath transitioned from the old guard to the new, with respect for the past and excitement for the possibilities of the future. Moderated by Marcy Offner, Composites One, the lively discussion between Co-CEO Megan Multanen and her father and Best Bath Founder and Chairman of the Board, Gary Multanen, was entertaining and informative. The recording of both, the General Session and Good Day, CAMX!, are available to watch on-demand on the CAMX+ platform.
Visit the CAMX website to view 2021 highlights, as well as learn more about the event and CAMX+. CAMX 2022 is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center, on October 18 – 20, 2022.
CAMX brings together all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities to discover the latest products, solutions, and advanced industry knowledge. CAMX 2021 was held October 19-21 in Dallas, TX. Learn more at thecamx.org.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest composites industry trade group. We are manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, distributors, academia and end users, dedicated to growing the composites market. We serve our members and the industry by promoting the competitive advantage and versatility of composite materials. ACMA offers composites industry educational resources through our Education Hub, CAMX, conferences, webinars, and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. We develop standards and specifications that drive preference for the use of composites in place of traditional materials. We lead advocacy efforts via legislative and regulatory channels to achieve a more viable composites industry. Together, we are shaping the future of composites.
The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE®), a global professional member society, provides enhanced educational opportunities by delivering information on new and advanced materials and processing technology. SAMPE provides growth and educational opportunities via live and online conferences, exhibitions, technical forums, and publications. 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 academics. SAMPE North America is a regional subsidiary of SAMPE that serves Canada, Mexico, and the United States.