The inaugural Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), sponsored by ACMA and SAMPE, showcases the best of the composites industry at one huge event.

ACMA and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) have combined their strengths to produce The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), happening this Oct. 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. As the premier event for the composites industry, CAMX attendees will discover new commercial and industrial applications for advancing the use of innovative materials as well as identify new products and geographic markets that can increase sales and boost a company’s bottom line.

ACMA had hosted COMPOSITES for more than 30 years, while SAMPE hosted its Annual Spring Convention for more than 60 years. In 2012, ACMA and SAMPE’s Boards of Directors voted to merge their respective annual conferences. They noted that their conventions had similar goals: Both wanted to reach all market segments and focus more on high-performance manufacturing. Now that the event is finally on the horizon, Tom Dobbins, president of ACMA, wants to provide “a first-class experience” for the attendees.

CAMX provides members of the composites industry with countless opportunities to learn from each other. Be sure to stop by the ACMA booth (4487), where you can learn about ACMA’s member programs and meet ACMA members.

CAMX provides members of the composites industry with countless opportunities to learn from each other. Be sure to stop by the ACMA booth (4487), where you can learn about ACMA’s member programs and meet ACMA members.

“We want to make sure that the people who attend this conference walk away with a new insight, new knowledge, new ideas and inspiration for their next contribution to the composites industry,” Dobbins says.

Attracting more than 8,500 attendees and more than 500 exhibiting companies, CAMX will be more than twice as large as each of ACMA and SAMPE’s previous conventions. CAMX will showcase the best aspects of those conventions and introduce new programs, including an awards program to complement the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE). CAMX is the place to explore new and unique business opportunities, learn, network and innovate. “If you want to meet anybody face-to-face who are critical players in the composite industries at any level, they are going to be in Orlando this October,” says Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE.

Wally Gutzmer, a sales associate at DeLong & Associates and Aksaca Carbon Fiber, came to a previous COMPOSITES show looking for two particular connections, but found far more than he’d expected. “I connected with the contacts I had planned to meet and also formed connections with several additional contacts, whom I had not expected to see there or whom I didn’t realize were interested in carbon fibers,” Gutzmer says.

“I’m looking forward to the new conversations a typical ACMA customer will be having with a typical SAMPE customer,” Balko says. “That’s where the real learning and the idea sharing is going to take place and some of the problems in manufacturing can be solved.”