The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., USA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE, Covina, Calif., USA) Boards of Directors announced on Nov. 2 the signing of a letter of intent regarding a new event to provide a venue to serve the entire advanced materials and composites industry in North America and the world. This conference and exhibition will launch in the fall of 2014. Building on the success of SAMPE and ACMA events, this will be the “go-to event” for the composites and advanced materials industry in the Americas.
“We are very excited about the scope of the show and the value it will bring to our memberships and the composites and advanced materials industry,” says Kate Thorpe, SAMPE president. “SAMPE and ACMA are recognized as the leaders of the industry, serving the industry and helping it grow. Bringing our two strong shows together will provide even greater value for our members and the industry.” Lori Luchak, president of ACMA, added, “We are thrilled to be working with SAMPE on such an important project. The mission of our organizations is to serve the industry. This show will certainly fulfill that mission and enable us to expand the rest of our programs to give the industry the tools it needs to continue to innovate and move forward.”
The leadership of both organizations have been in lengthy discussions over the past six months and will continue to meet as plans are refined. Additional information will be released in the coming months.
Representing more than 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry, providing strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In the U.S. alone, the composites industry employs about 550,000 people and generates almost $70 billion in revenues per year. The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), a global professional member society, provides information on new materials and processing technology either via technical meetings, journal publications or books in which professionals in this field can exchange ideas and air their views. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers and academicians.