Inaugural COMPOSITESWORLD Expo and Conference a success

High-quality, two-track conference attracts more than 200 attendees. Keynote speakers address composites use in aerospace, automotive, and wind energy applications.

The inaugural COMPOSITESWORLD Expo and Conference, Sept. 2-5 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., has been deemed a success by show organizers and host COMPOSITESWORLD.

More than 200 attendees attended the two-track (beginner and Advanced) conference held Sept. 2-3. More than 500 attendees took in the keynote addresses. Dr. Linda Cadwell Stancin, material and process technology manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, discussed past, current and future use of composites in Boeing commercial aircraft. Tadge Juechter, Corvette and Cadillac XLR chief engineer, General Motors, discussed composites strategies in the manufacture of the new Corvette ZR-1. It was standing room only during the Sept. 4 lunchtime presentation by Chris Red, editor and vice president of market research at Composites Market Reports, on the outlook for composites use in wind turbine and wind blade production.

The Sept. 3 networking party provided a unique and fun way for composites industry professionals to socialize and reconnect with old friends and establish new contacts. Many exhibitors noted the quality of decision-making attendees at the show and reported promising leads from the event.

Look for the COMPOSITESWORLD Expo and Conference to return to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2009.