SPE seeks entries in innovative parts competition

TROY—The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has issued a call for nominations for its annual parts competition at the group’s 2019 conference, Sept. 4-6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Prizes for the Most Innovative Composites Application will be awarded in three categories―Materials Innovation and Process Innovation (selected by judges who are industry experts and members of the SPE ACCE planning committee), and People’s Choice (selected by conference attendees)―with winning teams receiving recognition and a trophy after lunch on the last day of the show.

There is no cost to enter the competition. Any registered conference participant (speaker, sponsor/exhibitor, or attendee) may nominate original equipment or aftermarket composite parts on passenger cars, light trucks and also heavy trucks from any geography. Prototype parts are also eligible. The vehicle producer must give permission and the part must be brought to the SPE ACCE for a formal review by judges. Nominations are due July 30, and should be emailed to teri@intuitgroup.com. Nomination instructions may be found at http://speautomotive.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-ACCE-PART-COMPETITION-INFORMATION-NOMINATION-INSTRUCTIONS-.pdf.

A variety of exhibit and non-exhibit sponsorship packages, including passes to the conference and opportunities for company exposure, are available. Companies interested in showcasing their products and services should contact teri@intuitgroup.com.

The ACCE features technical sessions, panel discussions, keynotes, and exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes, and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastics  composites in a wide variety of transportation applications. Networking breakfasts, lunches and receptions enhance the value of the event that attracts over 900 attendees worldwide. The Automotive and Composites Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE to educate the automotive industry about the benefits of composites in automotive applications.

For more information go to: www.speautomotive.com/acce-conference.

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