Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition 2016
Since 2001, the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions have jointly sponsored 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. 

Dates: September 7-9, 2016

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


Those working directly for Transportation OEMs (not their suppliers) -- defined as original-equipment manufacturers who directly produce cars, planes, buses, trucks, and the like for sale -- can attend the event free of charge. Call Peggy (+1.248.592.0765) for the special registration code.

2016 Conference Leadership Team

Conference Chair

Rani Richardson, Composites & Additive Manufacturing Business Experience Consultant, Dassault Systèmes, Ph: +1.201.675.8361, 

Technical Program Co-Chairs: 

Creig Bowland, Colorado Legacy Group, Ph: +1.704.466.1505
Dr. Michael Connolly, Huntsman, Ph: +1.248.462.0503

Sponsorship Chair: Teri Chouinard, Intuit Group
Ph: +1.248.701.8003 or e-mail:

Registration Chair: Scott Marko, SPE International 
Ph:+1.203.740.5442, email:


  • Parts Competition Nomination InstructionsForms due August 15, 2016

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    2016 Sponsors

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

    Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Ashland Inc.
    Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC
    Premier PLUS, Exhibitor & Reception Sponsor Hexion Inc.
    Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Core Molding Technologies, Inc.
    Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor, & Student Scholarship Michigan Economic Development Corp.
    Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.
    Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor SABIC
    Student Poster Competition Sponsor Magna Exteriors
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Altair Engineering, Inc.
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor BASF
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Böllhoff USA
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Composites One LLC
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Dow Automotive Systems
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Gurit (USA) Inc.
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Huntsman
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Plasmatreat
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Owens Corning
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company, Inc.
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Solvay
    Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA)
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor A&P Technology
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AlzChem AG
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AOC Resins
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Arkema Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Autodesk Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Automated Dynamics
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Cannon USA
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor CHOMARAT
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Dreytek Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor EconCore N.V.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Enercon Industries Corp.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Engel
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor ESI Group
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Evonik Industries AG
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor e-Xstream engineering
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor FRIMO Group GmbH
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Globe Machine Manufacturing Co.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Great Lakes Composites Institute
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Hennecke, Inc.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor IDI Composites® International
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Intertek Transportation Technologies
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor KRÜSS USA
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LANXESS Corp.
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mafic SA
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber & Composites
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Molding Products LLC
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor North American Composites (NAC)
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Pinette Emidecau Industries
    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 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 WMG Centre HVM Catapult - University of Warwick
    Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Zoltek: A Toray Group Company
    Exhibitor Persico S.p.A.
    Exhibitor Adaptive Corp.
    Breakfast Sponsor SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering)
    Coffee-Break Sponsor Johns Manville
    Coffee-Break Sponsor Michelman, Inc.
    Advertising Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
    Advertising Sponsor DSC Consumables, Inc.
    Advertising Sponsor Shear Comfort Ltd.
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    Media / Association Noticiero del Plástico
    Media / Association Plastics Engineering Magazine
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