Agenda set for Carbon Fiber 2008

COMPOSITESWORLD has announced that the agenda is set for Carbon Fiber 2008, which will be held Dec. 8-10 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel in Charleston, S.C.

COMPOSITESWORLD, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, has announced that the agenda is set for Carbon Fiber 2008, which will be held Dec. 8-10, 2008, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel in Charleston, S.C. Co-chairs for this year’s conference are Peter W. Oswald, vice president of sales & marketing at Toho Tenax America, and Anthony (Tony) Roberts, AJR Consultant LLC.

This international conference is designed for executives from leading fiber suppliers, end users, fiber converters, prepreggers, and composites parts manufacturers to discuss the current supply and demand situation for carbon fiber as well as the future prospect for growth of new carbon fiber composite applications.

“The next couple of years could bring some very interesting developments for the carbon fiber composite industry,” said Scott Stephenson, conference director. “The combination of recent unprecedented growth in the commercial aviation market, combined with record high energy costs, is creating growth opportunities across many different sectors. Fiber and prepreg suppliers are aligning their product portfolios to these sectors and we will also have at least one new fiber manufacturer entering the supply chain in 2009.” It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out, and I think this year’s agenda should give attendees quite a bit of insight into this,” concluded Stephenson.

Last year’s conference in Washington DC had 140 attendees. Some of this year’s presentations include:

- Keynote Presentation — Second Generation Materials: Carbon Fiber vs. Sponge Iron, Rob Klawonn, President, Toho Tenax America

-The Carbon Fiber Industry: How and Why the Future Will Be Different than the Past, Steven Carmichael, Director of Sales & Marketing, Grafil/Mitsubishi Rayon Corp.

- The Impact of the Rising Price of Oil and China on the Carbon Fiber Market, David Service, CEO, Bluestar Fibres Co. Ltd.

-How Do You Start a (Successful) Carbon Fiber Business? Dee James (D.J.) DeLong, President, DeLong & Associates LLC and Mustafa Yilmaz, General Manager, AKSA Acrylic and Carbon Fibers

In addition, there will be two pre-conference seminars on Dec. 8. In the morning, the Outlook for Composites in Commercial Aircraft Structures and Interiors, will be presented by Chris Red, editor and VP of Market Research for Composite Market Reports. The afternoon session will be, "When and Where Will Carbon Fiber Be Used?" presented by Tony Roberts, Principal, AJR Consultant LLC and Chris Levan, Manager of Technical Services, Carbon Fiber Solutions.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit or contact Ralph Jessie, conference manager, by e-mail at; by phone at (207) 221-6603; or by fax at (207) 221-5848.

COMPOSITESWORLD, with offices in Wheat Ridge, Colo., Cincinnati, Ohio and Yarmouth, Maine, is a provider of information to the composites industry through High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as its COMPOSITESWORLD Weekly newsletter and its website