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 for Automotive, to be co-located with the Amerimold trade show, June 11-12, 2014, in Novi, Mich., USA.
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.
CompositesWorld is firming up the agenda for the conference and reports that the keynote speaker at the conference will be Michael Shinedling, Viper program manager in Chrysler Group LLC's (Auburn Hills, Mich., USA) SRT group.
Shinedling notes that, "Working with cooperative supplier partners, the new SRT Viper took advantage of innovative solutions to meet its program objectives. Sports cars and specialty vehicles have demanding requirements for nearly every single component. Finding high-performance material solutions is critical in achieving the functional objectives of high-performance vehicles. Reducing weight is an ever-present focus that leads to performance gains in acceleration, braking and handling – in addition to fuel economy. Part consolidation is important to reduce the investment burden, which is an important focus in low-volume vehicle programs. In addition to these attributes, specialty vehicles must look good. Achieving a world class finish and appearance is also key to completing the package. Composites and thermoplastics helped achieve these goals on the SRT Viper and they will continue to provide unique advantages for specialty and low volume vehicles, as well as more traditional volume production vehicles in the future."
Other confirmed speaker companies to date include:
- RocTool USA
- TenCate Performance Composites
- Kistler Group
The Novi location is strong for automotive. The Amerimold show has historically pulled in strong numbers among companies that identify themselves primarily as injection molders, regardless of location. Now, for the first time in the history of the show, these attendees will have access to a conference program—situated alongside the Amerimold program for moldmakers—that will get them up to date on the latest advances in manufacturing technologies that impact their business. It will also expose this audience to advances in composites fabrication technologies that may become part of their processing operation in the future. For companies in composites and looking for an entrée into automotive, this event will have a two-pronged effect of exposing them to new technologies in their field, and to injection molders that already are part of the automotive supply chain.
For more about the conference, show and registration, visit Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive.