SPE ACCE shortened from three days to two

The economic slowdown has forced the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition to consolidate its annual event to two days.

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The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE, Troy, Mich., USA) announced on June 11 that the event will be shortened from three days (two-and-a-half days of programming) to two this year in response to deteriorating conditions in the global automotive industry, which have led to much tighter travel and budget restrictions. Organizers said the event would likely start earlier and run later on the remaining two days of the show (Sept. 15-16) if additional time was required to accommodate the technical program.

“Clearly, this industry is going through a very difficult time and we’re in the midst of a necessary period of adjustment,” notes Cedric Ball, marketing projects leader, Ashland Performance Materials and the 2009 SPE ACCE event chair. “Our authors, sponsors, and attendees have been letting us know that the difficult business environment has led to severe travel and budget restrictions at most companies. By packing our conference into a shorter but denser schedule, we hope to make it easier for more people to attend. Those who do attend can be assured of the same high quality of technical presentations, interesting keynote speakers, and lively panel discussions as in the past.”

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the automotive composites industry. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America and who represent transportation OEMs and tier suppliers; composite materials, processing equipment, additives, and reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers. The show is sponsored jointly by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions.

For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference, visit the Composites’ Division website at www.4spe.org/communities/divisions/d39.php, or the Automotive Division’s website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm , or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.