Conference Program

Conference Program

CAMX hosts a robust education program for the composites and advanced materials industry by providing an exciting offering of sessions with industry experts in a variety of educational settings. Browse below for more information on keynote and featured sessions.


2020 General Session

The current COVID-19 crisis has changed our world like never before. But the severe crisis hasn’t changed Airbus’ long-term ambition to be the world’s first aircraft manufacturer to market a zero-emission aircraft by 2035. Explore how they got there and the role materials and in particular composite technologies will play.

Isabell Gradert the Material Fast Track Leader at Airbus and general advisor for materials technology to the CTO was this year’s general session speaker. With 10 years’ experience in the field of Materials & Processes, Isabell is the leading cross-divisional Material Roadmap for associated technologies and guiding research projects ensuring group-wide leverage of technology synergies.


2020 Good Day, CAMX!

CAMX concluded with Good Day, CAMX hosted by Joel Whitehouse from Hill & Smith Holdings as he discussed the outlook for the US/global economy including risks and M&A activity, followed by a Q&A panel. Register to watch this recording.



The General Session keynote presenter will be renowned author, teacher, and business leader, Michael Steep. His presentation, Supply Chain and the Role of Composites and Advanced Materials, will address how to turn current supply chain disruption into new opportunities for the industry. The general session presentation will draw on Steep’s extensive first-hand experience and outline clear strategies and best practices to get ahead of disrupting supply chain challenges to achieve practical productivity gains and address critical problems that have emerged during the pandemic.

Specific discussion topics will include:

  • An overview of critical supply chain issues including core problems we need to solve
  • The impact of partners in the supply chain on composites and advanced materials
  • Intelligent packaging and inventory management solutions
  • Custom examples of applied technology for manufacturing partners
  • Framing policy issues and needed changes
  • Recommendations for supply chain and logistics management

About Michael Steep

Over his 30+ year career, Mr. Steep has worked with top executives from Apple, Microsoft, BMW, Google, P&G, L’Oreal, and Airbus to transform disruptions in their industries into new business opportunities. He currently serves as the executive director of Stanford Engineering School's Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, and prior, he served as the SVP of global business operations at innovation mega-hub, PARC Xerox.


Good Day, CAMX

Join Good Day, CAMX, on Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. PT, for a lively panel discussion about an exciting collaboration led by Re:Build Manufacturing, along with Elroy Air and Victrex, that has produced Next-Gen aerospace certified structures and is leading the adoption of thermoplastic materials.

Highlights of this dynamic panel include:

  • Hear how collaboration enabled the conversion of best-in-class polymer technologies via differentiated process conversion capabilities of high-performance structural solutions for Next-Gen air and cargo vehicles
  • See how showcasing the benefits of thermoplastics in a developing market segment benefits the manufacturer, but also leads to industry advancement
  • Learn why collaboration breeds manufacturing success, including cost-competitive certified structures

The panel discussion titled Take Off with Good Day, CAMX and Re:Build Manufacturing will feature panelists: Miles Arnone, Chief Executive Officer of Re:Build Manufacturing; Jay Wakenshaw, Chief Operation Officer of Elroy Air; and Jonathan Sourkes, Head of Sales of Aero SBU, Victrex; with moderator Marcy Offner from Composites One.


Technical Papers

These 25-minute presentations include formal written research papers reviewed by industry peers. Presentations address critical areas important to the composites and advanced materials industry from business, applications, and research perspectives.

Education Sessions

These 55-minute presentations focus on case studies, best practices, issue reviews, and more. These sessions are presented as lectures, panels, and discussions led by subject area experts, and provide valuable information in a multitude of areas.

2019 Keynote Speaker

CAMX 2019 kicked off with an exciting General Session, open to all attendees and exhibitors, featuring Vicki Holt, CEO of Protolabs. Protolabs is a bold manufacturing company that is creating disruption in manufacturing with a fresh, creative business model that is digitizing traditional manufacturing processes and enabling their clients to design, test and produce parts quickly, getting to market faster with smaller runs of customized products. The company has been named one of Forbes “Best Small Companies to Work” twice and has increased revenue by 160% in recent years. Holt will share with CAMX why the way manufacturing is done needs to be rethought and approached differently in order to meet the needs of the future. From robotics and AI to 3D printing, prototyping, and employee leadership, everyone in the audience will leave impressed, inspired, and ready to think about customer service, manufacturing, engineering, leadership and management differently.

Holt has served as President and CEO for Protolabs since 2014. Prior to Protolabs, Holt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products. Prior to that, she worked at PPG Industries, serving as Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass.”


2019 Moderator

Our moderator, Max Thouin, Hexcel, is an engineer by trade, and a true sport enthusiast. He has a strong technical background with extensive knowledge of design, prototyping, manufacturing, testing and marketing of high-end composite products, including sporting equipment. His career has enabled him to combine his passion for both composites and sports, and he brings this passion with him to CAMX as the moderator of the Closing Luncheon. Max’s career has included time at True Temper Sports, Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites. He is currently as a sales development manager at Hexcel.


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