The Automotive Division of SPE, with more than 1,000 members worldwide, is dedicated to recognizing and communicating the technical accomplishments in all phases of integrating new automotive plastics and plastic-based composite applications. SPE is hosting the Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) in Novi, Michigan from September 6 – 8, 2017, with more than 800 attendees, working in organizations throughout the full automotive supply chain. ACCE is the world’s leading automotive composites forum, and 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.

IACMI and SPE share the goal to further the integration of composites into the automotive industry, and is well represented in this year’s event. The co-chair of the IACMI Board of Directors, Rani Richardson of Dassault Systèmes, is the Conference Chair for the 2017 ACCE. Additionally, IACMI’s Chief Technology Officer, Uday Vaidya, is a panelist during the conference, and organized a poster session of 48 research projects, with 12 projects coming from IACMI core partners. IACMI Chief Commercialization Officer, Dale Brosius, is also a panel moderator and keynote speaker during the event.

The IACMI Vehicles Scale-Up Facility in Detroit, MI will host tours to more than 100 ACCE attendees, and 30 technical papers presented during the conference are from the research of IACMI member organizations and key partners. Connect with IACMI and IACMI members during ACCE by coming to IACMI and the 42 IACMI member organizations’ exhibits on the show floor during ACCE.

Read more about 2016 ACCE, where SPE named Dr. Uday Vaidya, IACMI CTO, the 2016 Composites Person of the Year. In 2016, Lawrence Drzal was also named the 2016 SPE Lifetime Achievement Award winner.


Read more about IACMI at SPE on Plastics News.