SPE sets dates for ACCE

The Society for Plastics Engineers (SPE) Composites Division has announced the 2008 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition for Sept. 16-18 at Michigan State University. The Automotive Division has issued a call for part nominations for the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

The organizing committee for the Society of Plastics Engineeers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has announced the dates, theme, and location for this year's show and issued its annual call for papers. The event returns Sept. 16-18, 2008, at the Michigan State University (MSU) Management Education Center in Troy, Mich.

This year's conference theme is "The Road to Lightweight Performance,"said Dale Brosius, COO of Quickstep Technologies and returning event chair. "It reflects the progress transportation OEMs, tier suppliers, and composites producers have made in taking weight out and improving performance of vehicles by replacing metal and glass with lightweight, impact- and corrosion-resistant polymer composites.”

Those interested in speaking at this year's event should submit abstracts as soon as possible to the review committee via accepapers@speautomotive.com. Full papers or presentations are due May 30, 2008. Authors who submit papers (not presentations) in the proper format by the due date will automatically be eligible for consideration for the conference's Best Paper Awards, which will be presented during the event's opening ceremony. For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference, visit the Composites' Division website at www.4spe.org/communities/divisions/d39.php, or the Automotive Division's website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm.

Other SPE news The Automotive Division of SPE International has issued a call for part nominations for its 38th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala. During the competition phase of the event, dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, consultants, and polymer producers work for months to hone submission forms and presentations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle module and why it merits the claim as the year's “Most Innovative Use of Plastics.” Current categories include:

Body Exterior Body Interior Chassis/Hardware Environmental Hall of Fame Materials Performance & Customization (Automotive Aftermarket) Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies Powertrain Safety.

To win, teams must survive a pre-competition review and two rounds of presentations before industry and media judges. Winners are announced at the Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, an annual event that typically draws 600-800 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives and media.

For more information about the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala, or to download nomination forms and rules, visit the SPE Automotive Division website at www.speautomotive.com, or contact the group at (248) 244-8993.