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Leaders in automotive industry attend Road 2 Composites workshop

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Representatives from more than 70 companies, including GM and Tesla, and 180 industry experts attended the two-day Road 2 Composites Workshop.


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More than 200 current and future leaders in the automotive and transportation industries convened over two days (May 16-17) at the Road 2 Composites workshop held in Lansing, Mich. The workshop was hosted at Michigan State University in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, Tenn.) with Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill.), along with support from Magnum Venus Products (MVP, Knoxville, Tenn.).

IACMI CEO Bryan Dods spoke about the State of Michigan’s leadership on automotive technology and its commitment to partnership in workforce development, stating, “Michigan has rightfully earned its reputation as an automotive manufacturing leader and technology innovator. Training events for the over 70 companies represented at the workshop would not be possible without the support through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).”

Live demonstrations at the Road2Composites Workshop focused on scale-up, lightweighting and high volume composites for vehicles. During this two-day workshop, leading industry professionals presented some of the latest break-through developments in vehicle composites, and live demos covered dozens of topics including rapid prototyping, composites testing, and thermoplastic fabrics.