Advanced Materials, Composites Associations Team Up for 2014 Event

November 11, 2012

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) boards of directors recently signed a letter of intent to launch a new combined event in the Fall of 2014.

The collocated event will serve the entire advanced materials and composites industry in North America.

“We are very excited about the scope of the show and the value it will bring to our memberships and the composites and advanced materials industry,” said Kate Thorpe, SAMPE president.

She added, “SAMPE and ACMA are recognized as the leaders of the industry, serving the industry and helping it grow. Bringing our two strong shows together will provide even greater value for our members and the industry.”

SAMPE, a global professional member society, provides information on new materials and processing technology either via technical meetings, journal publications or books.

As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a forum for scientists, engineers and academicians.

Building on the success of the individual SAMPE and ACMA events, this will be the “go to event” for the composites and advanced materials industry in the Americas, according SAMPE executives.

“We are thrilled to be working with SAMPE on such an important project. The mission of our organizations is to serve the industry,” said Lori Luchak, president of ACMA.

She added, “This show will certainly fulfill that mission and enable us to expand the rest of our programs to give the industry the tools it needs to continue to innovate and move forward.”

Representing more than 3,000 companies, ACMA is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry.

In the U.S. alone, the composites industry employs about 550,000 people and generates almost $70 billion in revenues per year, according to ACMA officials.

The leadership of both organizations has been in lengthy discussions during the past six months and will continue to meet as plans are refined.

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