In 2014, when ACMA and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) joined forces to produce a new industry trade show, the two organizations ambitiously aimed to create the largest, most comprehensive event in North America for the composites industry. Since its inception, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) has grown in size and scope.

Now in its 5th year, CAMX has more than 8,000 attendees from 64 countries and over 550 exhibitors featuring the latest industry innovations and cutting-edge materials, supplies and resources for all markets. CAMX also offers a robust conference program with 200 education sessions, tutorials, technical papers and poster sessions.

Co-Locating with IFAI Expo

This year, CAMX is co-locating with the Industrial Fabrics Association International’s IFAI Expo, the industrial fabric industry’s flagship show. CAMX attendees will have access to the 550+ exhibitors in the CAMX Exhibit Hall and more than 300 exhibitors on the IFAI exhibit hall floor. IFAI exhibitors will showcase specialty fabrics, advanced textiles, smart fabrics, shade and weather protection, geosynthetics and fabric structures.

Exhibitors that have products and solutions for both the composites and fabrics industries will be conveniently located in the center of the two halls in the CAMX/IFAI ShareZone. With approximately 20 leading companies on display, this unique area will showcase the best of both worlds.

Collaboration at CAMX

“We’ve always believed in CAMX’s potential to unite composites professionals from all over the world and provide them with the resources they need,” says ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “It’s rewarding to see how the industry has rallied around CAMX and formed a community that continues to drive the innovation that’s necessary for our success.”

CAMX is a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, and networking remains a major benefit for attendees. The conference is placing a greater emphasis on networking this year with new and expanded networking opportunities designed to help attendees build lasting professional relationships.

If you’re a working professional 35 and under, the new Young Professionals Meet-Up on Wednesday, October 17 is a great opportunity to connect with industry peers. The next generation of industry professionals can start building their professional network with colleagues who can share challenges and opportunities within the industry.

Innovation Park, introduced last year, will be in the rear of the CAMX Exhibit Hall. The park comprises four “zones” – The Connection Zone, Presentation Theater, Ask the Experts Station and New Exhibitors Pavilion – tailored to specific needs of CAMX attendees. Each day, the Connection Zone will hold specialized meet-ups for young professionals, educators, chemists, sports enthusiasts and other geographic and demographic niches within the composites and advanced materials industry. Innovation Park will also host “campfire sessions” on trending topics, including workforce development, knowledge transfer, emerging technologies and global trends.