CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, is working with sister publication Plastics Technology magazine to present a new conference, Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive 2014, to be co-located with the Amerimold trade show, June 11-12, 2014, in Novi, Mich., USA. CompositesWorld says the agenda for the conference is now complete.
The program will consist of presentations from materials and equipment suppliers, and features presentations on advanced composites technologies that offer carmakers more opportunities to lightweight vehicles while maintaining (if not improving) performance.
Among the featured speakers will be Aonix, founded by president and CEO, Jerome Le Corvec, in 2008. Aonix has developed a four-pronged approach to thermoplastic composites molding that delivers to a complete turnkey system for producing high-performance composites: (1) Aonix UltraMaterials, (2) Express high capacity molding machines, (3) guaranteed, on-time supply of UltraMaterials blanks, and (4) an integrated 24-7 remote-monitoring and predictive maintenance system.
With the UltraMaterials product line, LeCorvec sought to enable injection molding of ultra high-performance composites that would demonstrate a true cost and performance advantage over epoxy, the conventional matrix base for most composites. The UltraMaterials Solution includes the Ultra-P, Ultra-S and Ultra-I families of polymers, based on modified paraphenylene, sulfone and polyimide systems, respectively, each family having up to four variants. Composites made with Ultra-I matrix systems (modified polyimide) show thermo-mechanical properties that are comparable to PEEK-based composites, while those using Ultra-S matrix systems (modified sulfone) compete head-to-head with conventional epoxy-based composites.
Other companies represented in the speaker lineup include:
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