2/15/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

SPE Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE) Issues Call for Papers

The 2018 ACCE again includes a track on additive manufacturing for composite applications in the automotive industry. 

The SPE Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE) has issued its annual call for papers, exhibitors, part competition nominations and scholarships for its 18th annual event, taking place September 5-7, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. 

“Composites – Driving Innovation,” is the theme for this year’s event reflecting the growing interest in composites from automotive OEMs. The ACCE features technical sessions, a panel discussion, keynotes and exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a wide variety of transportation applications. The Automotive and Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE to educate the automotive industry about the benefits of composites in automotive applications.

The 2018 ACCE includes a track on additive manufacturing. Past sessions in this track have included presentations on prototyping, fiber-reinforced 3D printing and more. 

Paper abstracts are due March 15, 2018, and can be submitted online via submitaccepapers.com. A variety of exhibit and non-exhibit sponsorship packages offering opportunities for company exposure and material and process award recognitions are available. Companies interested in showcasing  products and/or services and nominating an innovative composite part for the competition should contact Teri Chouinard at teri@intuitgroup.com and go to speautomotive.com/acce-conference for more information. A number of scholarships and awards are available for students via the annual Poster Competition, Jackie Rehkopf Endowed Fund and corporate and/or government sponsored programs via the SPE Foundation. Students interested in submitting applications should contact foundation@4spe.org or call 203-740-5457. 

The 2018 ACCE will be co-chaired by Dr. Alper Kiziltas, lead research scientist, Ford Motor Company and SPE Automotive Div. vice-chair & education committee chair, and Matthew E. Carroll, materials engineering, General Motors Company and SPE Automotive Div. chair. 

“I am looking forward to continuing the growth of ACCE and expanding the Student Program to grow the education of our future leaders in the automotive composites industry,” Dr. Kiziltas says. 

“Continued success of ACCE is essential to the industry as we have to meet challenging emissions and fuel-economy standards by eliminating mass and the ACCE provides us with technologies and options to help us achieve these goals,” Carroll says.   

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