The first confirmed keynote speaker for the 2011 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) – held Sept. 13-15, 2011, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich., USA – will be Nathan Armstrong, president and director of Motive Industries Inc. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), speaking about the return of the mall automaker. Motive, which has significant experience providing vehicle design, engineering, and prototyping for composite-bodied electric vehicles (EVs), announced last fall that it would be producing prototypes of an all-Canadian content, bio-composites-intensive EV named the Kestrel, targeted
for commercial introduction in 2012.
According to Armstrong, over the last decade, the pace of technology has advanced in all fields of design and manufacturing at an unparalleled pace, thanks to a number of useful tools that have come into common usage. These include highly advanced computer-aided design (CAD), rapid prototyping machines capable of printing useable parts; computer numeric controlled (CNC) mills with up to six axis that allow nearly any shape imaginable to be cut; plastics that can be molded at room temperature using silicone molds; composite materials that have unimaginable strength properties; and the knowledge and experience needed to combine all these elements into what he calls "the second industrial revolution."
Held annually in suburban Detroit, the SPE ACCE typically draws 400-plus speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries on five continents and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites. For more information about the SPE ACCE, visit the Automotive Division’s website at speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or the Composites’ Division website at compositeshelp.com, or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.