“Members and non-members alike come together to learn about regulatory issues, network with peers and discover new products and services,” says Lori Luchak, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites Inc. and president of ACMA. “My company has benefitted greatly from participating in this event, as the connections we’ve made have led to supplying fiberglass parts to clients we wouldn’t have connected with outside of the show.”

Trading Ideas and Strategies

Many meetings are structured to talk at attendees, but COMPOSITES 2013 will showcase the importance of talking with each other. Education and networking will be ever-present at the event – an ideal chance for composites pros to trade ideas, strategies and concerns.

Many of those pros recently have entered new markets, diversified their product lines and made other adjustments to remain competitive. The COMPOSITES 2013 schedule has been designed with their interests in mind.

Industry leaders and achievers will provide practical expertise in more than 100 education sessions and peer-reviewed technical papers, as well as a special University Poster Session highlighting new research.

One particular education series track – Business, geared toward CEOs and senior executives –focuses on solving business problems and capitalizing on growth opportunities. For example, in the session “Growth Opportunities in the Global Composites Market 2013-2018,” presented by Charles Kazmierski and Sanjay Mazumdar of Lucintel, attendees will gain a clear perspective on the current state of the global composites industry as well as a better understanding of the industry’s direction over the next five years. (See the State of the Industry report, written by Kazmierski and Mazumdar, beginning on p. X.)

“ACMA always excels at providing attendees and exhibitors with meaningful and insightful education and technical presentations,” says Timothy C. Price, vice president of The R.J. Marshall Company, which offers products to the cast polymer market, and also general manager of Alpine Milled Glass. He says he’s interested in learning about new applications for lighter-weight composites and about competing against other materials with “green” products.

COMPOSITES 2013 includes nine sessions in the Green Composites track, including “Marketing Green” by Gale Tedhams and Gary Jakubcin of Owens Corning, who will help attendees discern what to promote and what to avoid touting because of regulations set forth by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Solutions in Action

Envisioning is one thing; seeing is another. The COMPOSITES 2013 Exhibit Hall will include more than 220 exhibitors with a diverse array of basic and cutting-edge materials, processes and equipment. All market segments and manufacturing companies will be represented, and several exhibitors are planning live demonstrations and product launches.