SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE)

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The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE). This event is designed to educate and update automotive design and production engineers, sales personnel, and management from transportation OEMs and Tier suppliers about the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications. ACCE is the world's leading automotive composites forum. The event provides excellent networking opportunities and draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Date: September 9-11, 2015

Location: The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 (See link HERE.)


Conference Co-Chairs:

Fred Deans, Chief Marketing Officer, Allied Composite Technologies, Ph: +1.248.760.7717,
e-mail: ACCE-chair@speautomotive.com

Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), Ph: +1.586.530.3372,
e-mail: ACCE-chair@speautomotive.com

Sponsorship Chair: Teri Chouinard, Intuit Group
Ph: +1.810.797.7242 or e-mail: teri@intuitgroup.com

Registration Chair: Dawn Stephens, SPE Automotive Division
Ph:+ extension 4, email: ACCE-registration@speautomotive.com

Submit 2016 abstracts, papers, and presentations to: ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com

Visit our partners, the SPE Composites Division .

Future SPE ACCE Dates

Like to plan ahead? Dates for the next few years of the SPE ACCE are as follows (exhibitors move in the day before):
  • September 7-9, 2016
  • September 6-8, 2017
  • September 5-7, 2018
  • September 4-6, 2019
  • September 9-11, 2020

2015 Press Release Updates



2015 Keynote Speakers

Speaker, Title


Tentative Topic


Anthony Schiavo, Research Associate Lux Research Inc. Carbon Fiber 2.0: Roadmap for Growth to 2020 and Beyond Wednesday, Sept. 9, 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Dr. Craig Blue, CEO, IACMI & Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Lawrence Drzal, IACMI Director - Vehicles Technology Area & Michigan State University
Dr. Byron Pipes, IACMI Director - Modeling and Simulation Technology Area & Purdue University
Brian Rice, IACMI Director - Compressed Gas Storage Technology Area & University of Dayton Research Institute
Cliff Eberle, IACMI Director - Materials and Process Technology Area & Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI): A Disruptive Moment in Automotive History Wednesday, Sept. 9, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Deborah Mielewski, Senior Technical Leader of Sustainable Materials and Plastics Research Ford Motor Co. Owning the Future: Sustainable Materials Research, Development & Implementation at Ford Thursday, Sept. 10, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Stefan Stanglmaier, Technologieentwicklung CFK Material- und Prozessabsicherung BMW Group Mass Production of CFRP in Automotive Applications – Potential and Challenges in Implementing Local Reinforcements Thursday, Sept. 10, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Antony Dodworth, Chief Technology & Manufacturing Officer, Bright Lite Structures Zenos E10: A Platform for Novel Lightweight Automotive Composite Structural Design Friday, Sept. 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

2015 Panel Discussion: Carbon Steel to Carbon Composites – Can the Existing Automotive Infrastructure be Leveraged to meet Lightweighting Targets?

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Panel Member,



Jan-Anders Månson École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Organizer, Moderator
Dr. Paul Krajewski General Motors Co. Panelist
Glade Gunther Cytec Industries Inc. Panelist
Peter J. Ulintz Precision Metalforming Association Panelist
Rainer Kossak Ph.D. Novelis Inc. Panelist
Paul Thom Schuler Inc. Panelist
Hannes Fuchs, Ph.D. Multimatic Engineering Panelist
Gary R. Maddock Zapp Tooling Alloys Inc. Organizer

2015 Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors. (Company Names in Orchid were Early-Bird Sponsors.)

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor, Lunch Sponsor, & Bag Sponsor Celanese Corp.
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor & Reception Sponsor Hexion Inc.
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor, Student Scholarship & Lunch Sponsor Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Reception Sponsor BYK USA Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Altair Engineering, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Ashland Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor BASF
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Composites One LLC
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Core Molding Technologies, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor CPI (Division of Core Molding Technologies)
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Cytec Industries Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Dow Automotive Systems
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Evonik Industries AG
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Huntsman
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor JHM Technologies, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Owens Corning
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor PPG Industries
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA)
Student Poster Competition Sponsor Faurecia Automotive Exteriors
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor A&P Technology
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor ACMOS Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Advanced Structures and Composites Center - University of Maine
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AOC Resins
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Arkema Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor A. Schulman, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Automated Dynamics
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Cannon USA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor CHOMARAT
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation in Structural Thermoplastics (CMIST)- University of Maine
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Creative Foam Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Coriolis Composites SAS
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Dolphitech AS
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Enercon Industries Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Engel North America
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor ESI Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor e-Xstream engineering
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Fibrtec Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor FRIMO Group GmbH
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Fisher/Unitech, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Globe Machine Manufacturing Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Great Lakes Composites Institute
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Gurit (USA) Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Henkel Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Hennecke, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor IDI Composites® International
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Innovium, LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor KraussMaffei Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor KRÜSS USA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LANXESS Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LayStitch™ Technologies LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Lydall Performance Materials
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mafic SA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Magna Exteriors
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber & Composites
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Molding Products LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor NETZSCH Instruments North America, LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor North American Composites (NAC)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Plasmatreat
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor PlastiComp, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Polystrand
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor RCO Engineering, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor SAERTEX USA, LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Siemens PLM Software
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Sigmatex Carbon Composite Solutions
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Spectrus Informatics Pvt. Ltd.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Toho Tenax America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Trexel, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Williams, White & Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Youtec Co., Ltd.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Zoltek: A Toray Group Company
Lunch Sponsor SABIC
Breakfast Sponsor SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering)
Breakfast Sponsor Graco, Inc. - Applied Fluid Dispensing Division
Coffee-Break Sponsor Johns Manville
Coffee-Break Sponsor Plasan Carbon Composites
Coffee-Break Sponsor WesTool Corp.
Advertising Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Advertising Sponsor DSC Consumables, Inc.
Advertising Sponsor Shear Comfort Ltd.
Lanyard Sponsor Dassault Systèmes
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Media / Association Plaspec Global Plastics Selector
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Media / Association Plastics Technology Magazine
Media / Association Plastics: The Global Application Medium
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