CAMX reports 10% attendance increase for third show

CAMX 2016, North America's largest composites event, reported a 10% increase in attendance, with almost 8,000 people passing through the doors.

CAMX 2016 (Composites and Advanced Materials Expo), produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Virginia) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) concluded on Sept. 29 in Anaheim, Calif. The largest composites event in North America, which saw a 10% increase in attendance, united 7,987 people from the composites and advanced materials communities from 53 countries and every state in the United States. More than 1,000 new attendees made CAMX 2016 their first CAMX.

The exhibit floor space featured 544 exhibiting companies and 302,000-ft2 of exhibit space. For three days, thousands explored the hall with innovations impacting a wide range of markets, including automotive, 3-D printing and recycling. 

In addition to the expo, the robust conference programming offered 254 sessions on topics covering every subject in the industry, with 313 expert speakers and 13 concurrent tracks of topics to choose from. This year's event also featured new conference programs and features, including CAMX Live!, a general session panel of esteemed industry experts who shared insights on how composites are changing the world. 

"We believe CAMX attendees came away from the general session inspired by the incredible things our panelists have been able to accomplish – and dream about - with composites," says Heather Rhoderick, CAMX show director and senior vice president of events and information at ACMA.

In particular, CAMX 2016 hopes to inspire the next generation of composites and advanced materials innovators. At the CAMX closing luncheon, attendees heard insights from a panel of six students who envision a world where composites are as ubiquitous as pure plastics. The conference also featured innovative poster sessions and technical papers from students highlighting ideas that could change how the world views composites. Students also had a chance to put their composites knowledge to the test during the inaugural CAMX Race.

"Watching and seeing young professionals become excited about CAMX 2016 was a great opportunity for our industry to expose the world's future industry leaders to what's going on in our industry," says SAMPE CEO Gregg Balko. "We want more young professionals to get excited about composites, and I think we're on our way toward accomplishing that goal."

For full details on the CAMX 2016 activities, including awards winners and coverage on the event, see the website at theCAMX.org. CAMX 2017 will be held Sep. 11-14, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.