CompositesWorld (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) will host two conferences within the next four months. The Carbon Fiber 2008 conference, to be held Dec. 8-10, 2008, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel in Charleston, S.C., is sponsored by AKSA (Istanbul, Turkey), Despatch Industries (Lakeville, Minn.), Fiberex Glass Corp. (Leduc, Alberta, Canada) and Izumi International Inc. (Greenville, S.C.). This international conference is designed for fiber suppliers, end users, fiber converters, prepreggers and composite 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 applications. Cochairs are Peter W. Oswald, VP of sales/marketing at Toho Tenax America (Rockwood, Tenn.), and Anthony (Tony) Roberts, principal at AJR Consultant LLC (Lake Elsinore, Calif.).
Scott Stephenson, the conference director, says, “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. We will 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.” Presenters include Rob Klawonn, president of Toho Tenax America, Steve Carmichael of Grafil Inc. (Sacramento, Calif.), David Service of Bluestar Fibres Co. Ltd. (Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, U.K.) and Dee James (D.J.) DeLong of DeLong & Assoc. (Atlanta, Ga.).
In addition, there will be two preconference seminars on Dec. 8. “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 (Gilbert, Ariz.). The afternoon session will be, “When and Where Will Carbon Fiber Be Used?” presented by Tony Roberts and Chris Levan, manager of technical services, Carbon Fiber Solutions (Alpharetta, Ga.).
The second CompositesWorld Investment Forum will be held Feb. 26-27, 2009, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. More than 100 market-ing executives, business development specialists, investment analysts and composite industry experts will explore the global and regional outlook for composite materials. Presentations will include supply and demand forecasts, cost models for carbon and glass fiber plants and how investments in advanced automation production processes are helping composite materials penetrate these markets.
For more information about CompositesWorld conferences and to register for events, visit: www.compositesworld.com/conferences/default.aspx