SPE announces dates for 14th ACCE

The SPE's Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) returns for its 14th year, Sept. 9-11 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., USA.

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The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) on March 3 announced the dates, theme, and location for this year’s show and issued its annual call for papers.

Now in its 14th year, the SPE ACCE is the world’s leading forum for automotive composites and draws more than 900 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on five continents. This year’s show, whose theme is Composites: Meeting Today's Automotive Needs, returns Sept. 9-11, 2014 to The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., USA, in the Detroit area.

Dr. Michael Connolly, program manager-Urethane Composites at Huntsman Polyurethanes and 2014 SPE ACCE conference co-chair explains, “Our conference has been fortunate to experience some pretty significant growth in the past few years, thanks to a rebound in the North American automotive industry along with considerable interest among all transportation OEMs on the subject of lightweighting and the role composites can have in helping them achieve mass-reduction goals. That means our committee is working harder than ever to ensure we provide a strong technical platform for discussing the latest advances in transportation composites as well as expanding our exhibition area with suppliers from all parts of the automotive composites supply chain."

Antony Dodworth, managing director, Dodworth Design and the 2014 SPE ACCE co-chair adds, "This year's conference theme reflects our commitment to show automakers that composites aren't just something to solve future transportation issues. Composites suppliers are actively engaged in solving problems today by improving cost, weight, aesthetics, and safety performance of cars and light trucks."

Those interested in speaking at this year’s event should submit abstracts by March 30, 2014; full papers or presentations are due May 30, 2014 to the review committee via accepapers@speautomotive.com. Authors who submit full papers (not presentations) in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Best Paper Awards, which will be presented during the event’s opening ceremony. Visit speautomotive.com/comp.htm for more information.

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