The American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) annual three-day conference and exhibition is headed to Columbus, Ohio. COMPOSITES 2005 will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Sept. 28-30, as the Association plays host to an anticipated 4,000 attendees.
Considered by many the most important U.S. hotbed for composite development and fabrication, Ohio's composites industry contributes more that $3.9 billion (USD) to the nation's economy, according to ACMA. ACMA choose this location because Ohio supports over 24,000 jobs related to the composites industry and over 162,000 composites-related jobs are held within 600 miles of Columbus. Columbus is located within 550 miles of more than half of the U.S. population. More importantly, more than 50 percent of the ACMA membership is located within in roughly a 600-mile radius of the city, making it an ideal venue for this year's event.
Columbus also is the home of A.D. Farrow Harley Davidson Dealer and Museum, where the show's opening party will take place, kicking off the three-day festivities and showcasing a Harley motorcycle that will be raffled off on Friday at the Innovation Lunch. The party is open to all and no separate registration is required for the event. All attendees are welcome to enter the raffle for the motorcycle, but must be present at the Lunch on Friday to win.
More than 200 exhibitors — suppliers and service companies that serve fabricators in all the major markets reached by the composites industry — will be on-hand to showcase their latest offerings.
At the General Session on Thursday, keynoter Chuck Dana, president of Owens Corning Composite Solutions, will speak to the state of the industry at present and look at what the future holds. Also on Thursday, new employees at composites manufacturers that visit the ACMA show have the opportunity to sit in on COMPOSITES 101, a group of educational sessions focused on the basics of composites manufacturing. The sessions will be held consecutively and are open to applicable manufacturers for a $25 fee that includes a lunch voucher and access to the exhibit hall.
The 101 sessions are just part of an extensive program designed to satisfy the training needs of the many composites manufacturers located nearby in the Ohio Valley. ACMA's educational offerings will include more than 100 presentations, demonstrations and technical papers in 13 categories. In addition, ACMA will again offer its Certification Examinations, providing the opportunity for enrolled and pre-registered CCT (Certified Composites Technician) trainees to become fully accredited at the show. (For more information on the certification program, visit ACMA's Web site: www.acmanet.org.)
During ACMA's annual Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) program, the Association will recognize composite products that represent significant achievement in seven categories: "Best of Show," "Color Innovation," "Most Creative Application," "Infinite Possibility," "Process Innovation," "Superior Quality (in an Open Molded Part)" and "Technical Innovation for Corrosion Application." An eighth honor based on attendee ballot, the "People's Choice Award," will be announced at the General Session as well.
TAKE US ALONG
If you are headed to Columbus, don't forget to bring this issue of Composites Technology, complete with a show floor map and our exhibitor locator directory, beginning on p. 28). While you're at the show, stop by booth #1036 and meet the CT staff. If you can't make the trip to Columbus, be sure to look for CT's December issue, which will provide extensive post-show coverage of the new and innovative products and processes introduced at COMPOSITES 2005.
For more information about show events, dates and times, contact the ACMA, (703) 525-0511; Fax: (703) 525-0743; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.acmashow.org.