Awards and Innovation Showcase
The CAMX Awards honor developments in two categories. The Unsurpassed Innovation Award recognizes a product or process that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials in the marketplace. Last year, Composite Panel Systems LLC won the award for its Epitome composite foundation wall system, fabricated by Fiber-Tech Industries Inc. and made with fire-retardant resins from Ashland Performance Materials.
The Combined Strength Award celebrates visionary concepts and products that show strength through collaboration, while bridging low-cost materials/high-volume applications with high performance applications/low-volume materials. Last year, the award went to NASA and Boeing for their collaboration on the Composite Cryogenic Technology Demonstration (CCTD) project, which utilized innovative manufacturing and design techniques to build the largest composite liquid hydrogen fuel tank out-of-autoclave.
The Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) is a prestigious composites industry competition that recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in the categories of design, market growth and manufacturing. The ACE display will showcase new products and present awards for innovations in creative design, manufacturing and market growth. ACMA also will present its ACMA Membership Awards honoring four individuals with the Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Composites Hall of Fame Award and the Chairman’s Award.
On October 27, CAMX officially kicks off with a keynote address from Dr. J. Gary Smyth, executive director of global research and development at General Motors. For the past five years, Smyth has identified global automotive energy trends and addressed energy challenges facing the automotive industry. Some of those solutions include advanced carbon fiber and green composites. Smyth’s CAMX 2015 address will provide a high-level perspective on transformational changes in the automotive industry and include what GM has learned about composites from the evolution of the Corvette.