Virtual Composites Technology Days Spark Collaboration in the Defense Section
On August 25-26, 2021, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) held its first virtual Composites Technology Day program with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC). The program gathered over 200 NGC engineers, designers, and decision-makers interested in learning about the latest high-performance composites technologies in the defense sector. ACMA members led 16 highly-curated technical presentations on a range of topics — from large-scale additive manufacturing to resin modifiers and advancements in carbon fiber reinforcement fabrics. The technical presentations were well-regarded by attendees from Northrop Grumman.
One Sr. Engineer from NGC commented, “I really liked the Virtual Composites Technology Day because we are able to attend virtually. Most of the time, we don’t have the time or funding to travel to attend a conference. This way people can still participate in the discussion and attend presentations. I hope that this will continue in the future even after the pandemic.”
In addition to an excellent education program, the virtual event offered networking and technical presentations promoting solutions between ACMA members and key decision makers from NGC. The virtual event platform will remain live through August 2022, facilitating communication and private meetings between members and NGC staff.
Thank you to all companies who participated in the program:
- ATC Manufacturing
- Chromaflo Technologies Corp.
- Coats Performance Materials
- Composites One
- Go Composites
- Hexcel Corporation
- Industrial Cryogenic Technologies
- Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc.
- Luna Innovations
- Magnum Venus Products
- Polynt Composites
- RAMPF Group
- Spirit AeroSystems
- Toray Composite Materials
- Trilion Quality Systems
- Vectorply Corporation
- Veelo Technologies
- Victrex USA, Inc.
Composites Technology Days Connect ACMA Members with OEMs
ACMA’s Composites Technology Day program positions our members to directly engage with some of the world’s largest companies, including their key frontline staff, to share and offer solutions to their business and engineering challenges, company needs, and design and technical requirements. For members who have previously been involved with Composites Technology Day events, the opportunity to collaborate with various engineers and key staff provided a worthwhile experience.
Using the latest virtual event technology, our event platform offers dynamic ways to engage with attendees during AND after the event on a dynamic virtual platform – allowing you to contact product designers, technicians, engineers, and more from leading OEMs directly.
Join Upcoming Composites Technology Days
ACMA is opening the door to create opportunities for our members through more virtual events in the future. The Composites Technology Days offer a chance to network, collaborate, and increase visibility for your business all at once. If you have yet to attend a Composites Technology Day, you won’t want to miss the chance to participate.
ACMA has an upcoming Composite Technology Day with General Motors taking place on November 16-17, 2021, as well as a unique Composite Technology Day with the Advanced Air Mobility community happening February 8-10, 2022. Volkswagen Composites Technology Day will be held in Wolfsburg, Germany, on May 4 – 5, 2022. For more information, please contact the CGI team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What ACMA Members Say About Composites Technology Days
“ACMA’s Composites Technology Days are great opportunities to showcase your company and products to a variety of OEMs. Composites Technology days put you face to face with key decision makers that are looking for solutions to a variety of design challenges, allowing your company to offer options in real time. Our team is working on commercializing an innovative thermoplastic composites technology and found this type of direct engagement to be unique within the industry. We have not found it elsewhere,” said Dana Gabriela Miloaga, Product Leader – Composites | Corporate R&D from Johns Manville.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest composites industry trade group. We are manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, distributors, academia and end users, dedicated to growing the composites market. We serve our members and the industry by promoting the competitive advantage and versatility of composite materials. ACMA offers composites industry educational resources through our Education Hub, CAMX, conferences, webinars, and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. We develop standards and specifications that drive preference for the use of composites in place of traditional materials. We lead advocacy efforts via legislative and regulatory channels to achieve a more viable composites industry. Together, we are shaping the future of composites.