SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE)

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, 2014

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



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Web-Based Version of 2014 SPE ACCE Event App HERE.

Quick Links to 2014 SPE ACCE Documents
Conference Chair:
Michael Connolly, Huntsman Polyurethane, Ph: +1.248.322.7416,
e-mail: ACCE-chair@speautomotive.com

Conference Co-Chair: Antony Dodworth, Dodworth Design, Ph: +44.7754.957.697

Technical Program Chair:
Creig Bowland, PPG Industries, Ph: +1.704.466.1505

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 abstracts, papers, and presentations to: ACCEpaper@speautomotive.com

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Registration Fees

$375 USD - SPE Member
$475 USD - Non-SPE Member (Includes 1 yr of SPE membership - $140 USD value) or Renewing SPE Member (Extend Membership by 1 year & save $18 USD)
$100 USD - Student
$150 USD - 1-Day Rate (SPE Membership Not Included)
No Charge - Free to those who work directly for Transportation OEMs and Media

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 9-11, 2015
  • September 7-9, 2016
  • September 6-8, 2017
  • September 5-7, 2018
  • September 4-6, 2019
  • September 9-11, 2020

2014 SPE ACCE Forms

Call for Papers Flier Abstracts due March 31, 2014; Papers due May 30, 2014
Program Guide Advertising Specifications: Ads due August 1, 2014
Microsoft Word® Template for Conference Papers (Compatible with Office '97-'03)
NEWER Microsoft Word® 2007 Template for Conference Papers
Sponsorship, Exhibit, & Advertising Opportunities
SPE ACCE Parts Competition Nomination Instructions -- Writeups due August 30, 2014
Author's Guide (Instructions for Preparing Papers & Slide Presentations))
Faxable Author Release (Copyright Transfer) Form
Electronic Author Release (Copyright Transfer) Form
2014 ACCE Scholarship Application Form: Applications due July 20, 2014; a New Michigan Scholarship is Now Available

2014 Press Release Updates

2014 Keynote Speakers

Speaker, Title


Tentative Topic


Jan-Anders Månson, Professor & Director Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Materials (LTC), Institute of Materials, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Why Sport is Important for Automotive Composites Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Prof. Habib J. Dagher, Ph.D., P.E., Director Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine-Orono Polymer Composite Materials in Infrastructure Applications Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
Kestutis (Stu) Sonta, Senior Materials Engineer General Motors Co. Novel Composite Developments on the Chevrolet Spark Battery Enclosure Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Daniel Ageda, Secretary General & Chief Operating Officer JEC Composites Group Overview & Dynamism of the Wordwide Composites Market Thursday, Sept. 11, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Matthew Marks Chair of the American Chemistry Council Plastics Division Automotive Team &
Senior Business Manager, Automotive and Mass Transportation at SABIC
Plastics and Polymer Composites Technology Roadmap for Automotive Markets Thursday, Sept. 11, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

2014 Panel Discussion: Lightweighting & the Multi-Material Car

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3:15-5:45 p.m.

Panel Member, Title



Jay Baron, President & Chief Executive Officer Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Moderator
Dr. Paul Krajewski, Global Manager & Technical Fellow for Vehicle Mass Integration and Strategy General Motors Co. Panelist
Tom Pilette, Vice President Product & Process Development Magna Exteriors Panelist
Dr. Peter Friedman, Manager Manufacturing Research Ford Motor Co. Panelist
Harry Singh, Executive Program Manager EDAG Engineering AG Panelist
Martin Starkey, Director Gurit Automotive Ltd. Panelist

2014 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, Ad Upgrades, & Bag Sponsor Celanese Corp.
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor & Second Reception Sponsor Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
First Reception Sponsor BYK USA Inc.
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor & Student Poster Competition Sponsor INVISTA Engineering Polymer Solutions
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor & Student Scholarship Sponsor Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor BASF
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Composites One LLC
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Continental Structural Plastics
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor CPI Binani, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Dow Automotive Systems
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Huntsman
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor PPG Industries
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Schuler Group
Lunch Sponsor Automated Dynamics
Lunch Sponsor Youtec Co., Ltd.
Breakfast Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Breakfast Sponsor SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering)
Breakfast Sponsor DSM Engineering Plastics
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor A&P Technology
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Accutek Testing Laboratory
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Acrolab, Ltd.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AOC Resins
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Arkema Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Ashland Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Autodesk Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Cannon USA
Exhibitor Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor CHOMARAT
Associate Sponsor &Exhibitor Citadel Plastics Engineered Composites
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Core Molding Technologies, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Cytec Industries Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor DuPont
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor ESI Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Evonik Industries AG
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor e-Xstream engineering
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Fibrtec Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Gurit
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Globe Machine Manufacturing Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Henkel Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Hexcel Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Imerys
Associate Sponsor, Exhibitor & Ad Upgrade InnoVoc LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Johns Manville
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor KraussMaffei
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LANXESS Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Lawton Machinery Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LayStitch™ Technologies LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mafic SA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Magna Exteriors
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber & Composites
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Owens Corning
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor PlastiComp, Inc.
Associate Sponsor, Exhibitor & Ad Upgrade Polystrand
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor RTP Company
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 Smart Tooling division of Spintech, LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor The Composites Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Toho Tenax America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Trexel, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Williams, White & Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Zoltek
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Zotefoams Plc
Lanyard Sponsor Dassault Systèmes
Coffee-Break Sponsor WesTool Corp.
Coffee-Break Sponsor Plasan Carbon Composites
Coffee-Break Sponsor Graco, Inc. - Applied Fluid Dispensing Division
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