Composites industry events to highlight thermoplastics, defense, space

A roundup of news about events in the composites industry, including the TPRC’s thermoplastics conference and events from Composites UK, ACMA and more.
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TPRC Future of Thermoplastic Composites Conference — Oct. 8

The Thermoplastic Composites Research Center (TRPC, Enschede, Netherlands) has released the full program for its Future of Thermoplastic Composites conference, taking place on Oct. 8, 2019 at the University of Twente (Enschede). 

Industry experts will join conference visitors to discuss the latest technological developments and applications in the field of thermoplastic composites. The keynote speaker is Alex Rubin, senior technical fellow at Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.). The moderator is the technology expert Danny Mekić. TPRC expects over 300 participants to attend.

Go to the conference website to learn more about the event.

On Oct. 8, the TPRC is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. At the conference, the TPRC will reflect on the most important milestones of this consortium and look to the future, and the even wider application of thermoplastic composites. Over the last decade, the TPRC says it has been a key player in the broader use of these ultra-light and strong materials in the automotive and aviation industries. Multinationals like Boeing, Toray Advanced Composites (previously TenCate Advanced Composites) and GKN Fokker have been partners from the start, and are now strongly committed to thermoplastic composites, the TPRC says.


Composites UK Confidence in Composites Event — Oct. 15-16

Composites UK has launched the program for its first Confidence in Composites event, which will take place Oct. 15-16 in Oxford, U.K.

Organized in partnership with the ACMA, the event will look at the non-destructive evaluation, structural health monitoring and repair of fiber-reinforced polymer composites during both manufacture and in-service.  

Abstracts submitted for this event have been peer-reviewed by:

  • Prof. Robert Smith, professor of NDT and high value manufacturing  at the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (Northampton, U.K.),
  • Uday Vaidya, Ph.D., chief technology officer at the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.),
  • Ajay Kapadia, knowledge transfer manager for composites at the Knowledge Transfer Network,
  • Rob Rose, engineering capability lead and responsible level 3 for non-destructive testing at the National Composites Centre (NCC, Bristol, U.K.),
  • Holly Phillips MBE, principal naval architect at Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Dorset, U.K.), and
  • Richard Freemantle, director of Wavelength NDT and chair of BINDT Composites Group.

Presenters at the event include GKN Aerospace (Worcs, U.K.), the National Composites Centre, TWI, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Lloyd’s Register, along with companies such as Olympus, Inductosense and Baugh & Weedon NDE exhibiting.

Registration is open and sponsorship/exhibition opportunities are available. Details on these can be found on the conference website.


ACMA Transportation and Defense Policy Fly-In — Nov. 12-13

On Nov. 12-13, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., U.S.) will host its third annual Transportation and Defense Policy Fly-In at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. With momentum already moving for increased use of composites in infrastructure, ACMA is expanding its efforts in transportation and defense and offering a two-day education and advocacy event.

The Transportation and Defense Policy Fly-In is intended to enable attendees to better understand the political landscape and the issues that impact a business’ bottom line. Attendees will acquire new skills to effectively communicate their issues to members of Congress and gain insights to open key federally-influenced markets including defense, transportation and aerospace markets.

The event will include keynote talks with leaders in Congress and the Administration, panels on transportation and defense policy issues, and arranged meetings between attendees andmembers of Congress representing their plant locations, as well as staff from key Congressional committees.

Registration and housing are now open for the event. To learn more, visit the ACMA 2019 Transportation and Defense Fly-In websiteSponsorship opportunities are also available. 


COMPOSITE-EXPO 13th International Specialized Exhibition — April 21-23, 2020

Mir-Expo Exhibition Co., part of the Russion Union of Composite Manufacturers, announces that its 13th COMPOSITE-EXPO event will be held April 21-23, 2020, at Pavilion 1, Expocentre Fairgrounds in Moscow, Russia. 

April 21 will feature a practical research conference called “Current State of Prospects of Development of Production and Use of Composite Materials in Russia.” The April 22 R&D conference will focus on practical uses of composite materials in different industries.

COMPOSITE-EXPO is a leading international specialized event in composite industry in Russia. Conference organizers say the 2019 event attracted 9,000 attendees, and showcased 145 exhibitors from 14 countries, over more than 6,000 square meters of exhibit space. 

General exhibition subjects include:

  • raw materials such as resins, additives, thermoplastics and carbon fiber;
  • reinforcing materials and modifiers;
  • glass fiber-reinforced plastic and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, basalt fiber, artificial stone, artificial marble and other materials;
  • semi-finished and intermediate products such as prepregs;
  • engineering plastics;
  • composites-based industrial products;
  • joining systems intended for composites-based products;
  • manufacturing technologies provided for composite materials of special and defined properties;
  • surface treatment technologies;
  • equipment and technologies for composite material production;
  • composite materials treatment tooling;
  • measuring and testing equipment;
  • certification and technical regulations;
  • CAD/CAM; and
  • recycling.


SpaceAM 2020 — Call for papers

SpaceAM has announced a call for speakers for its conference being held on June 24-25, 2020 in Oxfordshire, U.K. SpaceAM will provide the opportunity to join the growing global community, which is working together to unlock business in orbit and beyond. Attendees, sponsors and organizers share an objective to deliver the best possible opportunities and outcomes for the space industry.

​Potential speakers are invited to submit synopses that outline experiences and developments and to promote the opportunities provided through the space business. Suggested topics to promote the use of advanced materials in space applications may include, but are not limited to:

  • advanced materials for space applications,
  • lightweighting,
  • low orbit antennae/satellites for remote imaging,
  • Earth observation including real-time imaging and artificial intelligence (AI)/image processing,
  • funding opportunities such as smart setup, route-to-export, enterprise zones and financial assistance,
  • future innovations,
  • international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR) restrictions and practical implications,
  • space data applications,
  • in-space manufacturing,
  • space investment and creating a mainsteam space economy, and
  • case studies.

​The closing date for submissions is December 20, 2019 and submissions should be sent to info@fluency.marketing.

More information can be found on the conference website.​