CompositesWorld Investment Forum agenda nears completion

The third CompositesWorld Investment Forum will be held March 15-16, 2010 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, announces the third CompositesWorld Investment Forum will be held March 15-16, 2010 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. The Chair for this year’s conference is Michael S. Del Pero, vice president — Plastics, Composites, & Advanced Materials — McGladrey Capital Markets LLC.

Some of the companies confirming presentations to date include the alternative energy consulting firm MAKE Consulting, Materials Innovation Technologies, Innovative Composites Automation, Imperium Inc., SSOE Group and Lucintel.

Jim Martin, formerly of Automated Dynamics and now President of Innovative Composites Automation, will address the growth opportunity through automation for wind blade and other composites manufacturing. “A variety of different methods and materials are employed to manufacture blades, simultaneously highlighting the fact that there are multiple paths to success, as well as room for improvement and advances in manufacturing technology,” says Martin. “Automation has found limited application in blade production and then only in the more basic aspects of the process.  New approaches utilizing materials and automated process methods tailored specifically to wind blades are needed to supply this growing market.”

This international conference is designed for executives from leading composite industry suppliers, industry analysts, investment bankers, and industry end users to discuss challenges and opportunities for composite materials in markets such as commercial aircraft and renewable energy applications, like wind blades, including various strategies that companies in the composites industry may look to observe in light of today’s pressing economic challenges.

More than 100 marketing executives, business development specialists, investment analysts and composite industry experts will explore the global and regional outlook for composite materials. Discussions will focus on economic forces impacting these markets Presentations will include supply and demand forecasts, how investment in advanced automation production processes are helping composite materials penetrate these markets, and what the current and future merger and acquisition activity forecasts are for the industry. Throughout the conference, attendees will enjoy numerous networking opportunities at catered receptions, roundtable luncheons, and refreshment breaks.

To register and book your hotel room, go to www.compositesworld.com/cif or contact Ralph Jessie, conference manager, by e-mail at jessie@compositesworld.com; by phone at +1 207-221-6602; or by fax at +1 207-221-5848.