Program

Global Composites 2018 brings together an international audience of decision makers and experts to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the composites industry on a global level.

This unique conference will provide a strategic insight on subjects relating to the advancement and use of composite materials worldwide, including operating and growing a composites business, as well as the experiences, opportunities and challenges faced on a global level across multiple territories.

Wednesday, June 27: 

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Global Composites Conference Registration Open – Florentine Ballroom

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Global Composites Conference Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Opening Remarks

The leaders of both of the organizations producing the first Global Composites Conference welcome you, and also share their insights and perspectives on why it’s more important now than ever that the composites industry becomes more cohesive and works together to increase the use of composites across various market segments.  

  • Tom Dobbins, President ACMA
  • Siobhan Longhurst, NetComposites

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Keynote Topic: The Evolution of the Global Supply Chain

Hear from OEMs on what the composites industry needs to do to help influence the material selection process, and what it is looking for from its supply chain partners, including standardization, manufacturing capabilities, sustainability. 

  • High Volume Composites Applications in Automotive and Light Trucks: Hamid Kia, PhD, Lab, Group Manager, Polymer Composites, General Motors
  • Automotive Lightweighting Technologies: Probir Guha, Vice President, Global Composites Innovation, Coats North America

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Finance, Investment and Strategic Planning in the Global Composites Industry

How does the composites industry compare as an investment prospect? What are the most effective means of raising capital to fund international growth?  And how are investors evaluating our industry? This session explores these questions and discusses how your strategic planning can change based on goals between growth, expansion, partnerships, merging with other companies, and even acquisition.

  • Michael Del Pero, Managing Director, FocalPoint Partners, LLC

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Exhibit Displays and Networking Break

Visit with fellow attendees and exhibitors, form new relationships and share your challenges and ideas with one another. Some of the best ideas come from informal discussions!

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Finance, Investment and Strategic Planning in the Global Composites Industry continued

  • Stephen Rawson, RTM International
  • Kevin McDonald, Electric Glass Fiber Americas-NEG

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm: The Business Case for Global Composites Standards

This session will explore the various standards globally, and discuss why it is important that the industry move to some common standards in key market segments. Updates on current standards and examples of where these have been successfully will be shared.

  • The Business Case for Global Composites Standards: Ed Pilpel, Senior Technical Advisor, PolyOne Advanced Composites

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Reception and Exhibit Displays

Reflect on the day and keep the conversation going at this reception. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018: 

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Global Composites Conference Registration Open – Florentine Ballroom

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast and Exhibit Displays

Start the day off right with breakfast and networking.

8:30 am – 8:40 am: Review of Day One Highlights

8:40 am – 9:20 am: Market Trends to Watch

Gain an understanding of trends in different markets globally and what is important to watch over the next few years to help ensure your company is poised to take advantage of the upcoming opportunities. 

9:20 am – 10:00 am: Technology Trends to Watch

While different regions of the world are different, there are some common trends in technology that will affect the industry. Some of the latest technology trends will be reviewed in this session, which will be followed with a panel discussion. 

  • Technology Trends on Additive, Energy and Other Composite Applications: Shridhar Nath, Wind Blade Technology Leader, GE Global Research

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Exhibit Displays and Networking Break

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Technology Trends to Watch continued

  • Innovations in the Use of Fire, Smoke & Toxic Fume Compliant High Performance Composites in the Global Building & Construction Market: JP Schroeder, FST, North America, Scott Bader
  • The Global Nanocomposite and Graphene Market: Terrance Barken, President, The Graphene Council
  • Affordable & Predictable Composites With Virtual Engineering to Remove Cost and Design Barriers: Roger Assaker,   e-Xstream Engineering

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion: Market and Technology Trends to Watch

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Capturing the Mindshare of End-users, Designers, Architects, and Engineers

Helping others understand the potential of composites and how to design with them is key to the increased adoption of composites materials in all areas. Eliminating barriers and preconceptions about composite materials is a start, as well as thinking differently about design. This session provides examples of tools and case studies that have been successful in incorporating the needs of designers into sales, communications and manufacturing and design processes. 

  • Jim Foley, COO, Advantic LLC

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Exhibit Displays and Lunch

Enjoy lunch while you take advantage of the last chance to visit with the exhibitors.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Creating Global Networks One Strategic Partnership at a Time

Whether it’s a supply chain, a distribution network, a collaborative R&D program, or some sort of joint venture, what are the best approaches to establishing an effective international network? Companies need to have strong intelligence, consultants, partners, and customers to move into a new regional market, and they need to understand nuances in cultures. This session will focus on building the team necessary to move into a new market, and do’s and don’ts of setting up global partnerships. 

  • A Global Recycling Network: Henry Brandhorst, Co-Managing Director, CHZ Technologies
  • Case Studies from Partnerships: China and US
    • Ray Liang, Managing Director for NSF Center for Composites Infrastructure, West Virginia University
    • Pingcai Lu, General Manager, Jiangsu Bi-gold New Material Technology Co., Ltd.

3:00 pm– 3:15pm: Networking Break

Refreshments are provided as you take a short break and talk with fellow attendees.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Closing Keynote: Thinking in Composites

Composite materials have been successful at penetrating most vertically integrated manufacturing sectors. What composites are not as successful at is working as a piece of a complex assembly of different trades as is the case in the construction industry. There are many reasons for this but succeeding can yield rewards worth the effort. Mr. Kreysler will discuss the opportunities and challenges in today’s rapidly evolving construction market and how composites can play an ever increasing roll. Dr. Steffen, P.E.  will show relevant engineering cases where composites out-engineer traditional commercial building materials,  and areas where FRP materials are challenged to break into typical mainstream engineering designs.

  • Bill Kreysler, President, Kreysler & Associates
  • Robert E. Steffen, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, Western Carolina University

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Conclusion and Wrap Up

Evening Activity: Optional Show (Separate registration required)

Interested in seeing one of the shows Las Vegas is famous for? Be sure to check your interest on the registration form for further details.