Conference Program

Conference Program

CAMX offers the most robust programming anywhere for the composites and advanced materials industry by providing a variety of sessions on timely topics with industry experts sharing their knowledge in more than 100 educational opportunities.

Opening Keynote

Join the 13th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jim Bridenstine, for a lively discussion. NASA is helping move the industry forward in these trying times through investments in R&D and technology. Bridenstine will highlight the connection between technology developments in advanced materials and US competitiveness in manufacturing across a range of business sectors. He will wrap up his talk with an overview of NASA’s partnership opportunities for businesses of all sizes.

This session is open to all CAMX attendees.

Monday, September 21 | 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm ET

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General Session

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

CAMX announces Isabell Gradert the Material Fast Track Leader at Airbus and general advisor for materials technology to the CTO as 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. Sponsored by Owens Corning

This session is open to all CAMX attendees.

Tuesday, September 22 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm ET

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Good Day, CAMX!

CAMX will culminate with Good Day, CAMX hosted by Joel Whitehouse from Hill & Smith Holdings during this closing keynote. Joel will discuss the outlook for the US/global economy including risks and M&A activity, followed by a Q&A panel to ask a question or “up-vote” those posed by others. During Good Day CAMX, we’ll also announce the 2020 Awards for Composites Excellence winners. This year’s awards program features 12 exciting finalists from three categories: Design, Manufacturing, and Market Growth.

This session will open at 10:45am ET on September 24 with music from the CAMX 2020 musician, Bryce Larsen, and will kick off promptly at 11:00 am Eastern. All attendees are encouraged to join.

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Technical Papers

These 20-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 35-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.

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Live Featured Sessions

Innovative speakers and industry leaders will headline CAMX educational programming by hosting 9 live, featured sessions with speakers available for a robust Q&A

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Conference Tutorials

Virtual conference tutorials offer attendees the opportunity to take a deeper dive into topics most interesting to our industry. These virtual classes connect attendees and instructors for in-depth learning, with demonstrations or hands-on materials, and ample time for questions and conversations.

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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.”

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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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