ACMA releases Thermoplastic Composites Conference 2020 program

Held April 29-May 1 in La Jolla, Calif., U.S., the event will feature speakers and panel discussions, a keynote speaker from Boeing, facility tours and more.


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A detailed conference program, including speaker and session descriptions, has been released by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA; Arlington, Va., U.S.) for its Thermoplastic Composites Conference 2020.

The event, which will take place April 29 – May 1, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, is a new education event that explores the latest applications and technologies for high-performance thermoplastic composites. The event will host more than 200 industry professionals and more than 20 exhibitors and sponsors in a marketplace showcasing the industry’s innovative solutions in products and services.

Visit www.acmanet.org/TCC20 for more information
and to register. 

The two-day event will share new applications and best practices from industry leaders who have:

  • designed, simulated and modeled materials, parts and processes for improved manufacturability;
  • reduced material costs for both current and next-generation raw and intermediary, while maintaining quality and capacity for scale-up;
  • and optimized process automation to reduce the number of manufacturing steps and improve processing reliability and consistency.

The conference program will feature several panels. Keynote presenter Randy Wilkerson, technical fellow at Boeing, will share the latest processes and applications for thermoplastic composites in aerospace and aviation.

“The emergence of thermoplastic composites in all market segments has been tremendous, and composites manufacturers and suppliers must be ready to design and model the materials, parts and processes that will expand the capacity of OEMs to deliver groundbreaking products and experiences to their customers. From autonomous vehicles to urban air mobility, the cutting-edge innovation in thermoplastic composites materials and applications will shape the future,” says Tom Dobbins, ACMA president.

Additionally, the conference will feature two exclusive facility tours of companies using thermoplastic materials, allowing attendees to see how these companies use technology and new applications to incorporate thermoplastic materials into their production. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share and learn from each other and leading industry experts during several networking receptions and coffee breaks with exhibitors.

Special early registration and housing rates increase after April 7. 


  • Getting To The Core Of Composite Laminates

    A wealth of low-cost core solutions are available for high-performance sandwich structures.

  • Composites 101: Fibers and resins

    Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 

  • Microspheres: Fillers filled with possibilities

    For composite applications, these hollow microstructures displace a lot of volume at low weight and add an abundance of processing and product enhancements.