ACMA announces 2020 Composites Recycling Conference
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., U.S.) is accepting abstract submissions for its its second Composites Recycling Conference, which will take place May 19-21, 2020 in Aurora, Colo., U.S. ACMA says that the conference will highlight the most recent advances in composite recycling technology, as well as business developments that are turning composites recycling into a reality.
In addition, this year's conference will feature a progress report on Phase 2 of ACMA’s collaborative research project with IACMI – The Composites Institute (Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.). The project aims to improve the sustainability of both glass and carbon fiber composites through the development of cost-effective energy and fiber recovery processes.
The conference will feature a comprehensive conference program with sessions on recycling best practices, the state of composite recycling technology, and standards for composites recycling, as well as opportunities to see the latest recycled composite products.
ACMA is accepting submissions for presentations for the conference until January 10, 2020. Presentations can be based on case studies, best practices, trends and more, and requested topics include:
- incentives for recycling and waste reduction (cost/benefits/regulation),
- avoiding scrap — waste reduction techniques and processes,
- recycling technology,
- standards for recycled composite materials and
- recycled composite products.
All submissions will be reviewed by industry representatives and the chosen speakers will be notified by mid-February. For more information, go to bit.ly/RecyclingConference2020.
“Our industry has made great strides in composites recycling, including greater awareness, product development and industry collaboration,” says Tom Dobbins, president and CEO of ACMA. “This conference will allow professionals in our industry to discover the full picture of composites recycling – from innovative products made from recycled materials to the latest opportunities to reduce costs and develop recycled composite products — and explore how sustainability can impact the bottom line for manufacturers.”
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