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Planning for the 2018 Advanced Composites Innovation Conference is well underway.  Contact us to register your interest and to subscribe to the conference newsletter.


The 2017 ACI Conference and Exhibition was held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, in Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday, 29 – 30 March 2017, with a half-day technical workshop on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The 50 speakers from across industry, R&D organisations and academia  reflected the conference theme “Shaping the future with composites” . They reported on current developments and innovations in materials, science, manufacturing processes and technologies across defence, aerospace, marine, automotive and mass transport, infrastructure and sport and recreation markets.

Speakers and delegates came from across Australia and as far afield as China, Iran, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, North America and the UK.  The program of speakers and topics is available at this link …

The exhibition provided an excellent platform for delegates, suppliers and teaching and research organisations to network, renew and build new relationships and talk about opportunities to advance their business and careers. y to join global and domestic industry composite professionals seeking to innovate with composite materials.

In its 14th year, this annual conference, hosted by Composites Australia with the support of SAMPE-Australia and the Engineers Australia technical society – the Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS) – has proven to be a valuable forum for the sharing of industry and scientific knowledge on new and emerging developments in composites technologies, opportunities for new applications and markets as well as sessions to advance business management and marketing. 

A very big “THANK YOU” to our conference sponsors: Allnex, Pacific Resins, Swinburne University of Technology, Henkel, IMCD, Regina Glass Fibre, Gurit and Employsure for their support of the Australian composites industry.

Composites Australia 2017 conference opening plenary and keynote speakers

Pictured above: Composites Australia President Leona Reif with plenary speakers at the opening of ACI-17: (from left) Professor Peter Schubel, Director of the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland; Keynote speaker Dr John D Russell Technical Director of the US Airforce Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division; and Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. 



Best Paper Award

Prof Murray Scott and Dr Rik Heslehurst present the Best Paper Award to Dr Chuang Feng from RMIT University.The 2017 Australian Composites Structures Society*(ACSS) Best Paper Prize of $500 cash and a certificate was presented to Dr Chuang Feng, research fellow and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow  at RMIT for his paper: Vibration of functionally graded trapezoidal nanocomposite plates reinforced with graphene nanoplatelets, co-authored with research colleagues from the RMIT School of Engineering, Zhan Zhao and Jie Yang.  You can read the abstract here …  . 

Pictured at left: Prof Murray Scott and Dr Rik Heslehurst present the Best Paper Award to Dr Chuang Feng from RMIT University.



Latest program now available

The latest version of the conference program, complete with speaker abstracts and bios is now available!
This hyperlinked ADOBE pdf document is ideal for tablets, ipads and (to a lesser extent) smartphones.   Download here … to plan your conference schedule.  

Detailed program released

Click on cover to download/read the ACI-17 program

Click on cover to download / read the ACI-17 Program

  Notable presenters at ACI-17 included:

  • Dr John D. Russell, Technical Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division
  • Professor Peter Schubel, co-author of the 2016 UK Composites Strategy and newly appointed Director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials
  • Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Mr Greg Williams, Senior Consultant with CSIRO Future
  • Mr Frank Cristiano General Manager at Tricomposite and Hugh O’Donnell Director of High Performance Consortium – an interactive session on innovation, collaboration and culture change.
  • Mr Michael Kemp, General Manager Wagners CFT Pty Ltd
  • Leading Finite Element researcher Professor Hubert Debski, from Poland
  • Dr Lucy Cranitch, Director at PATH – a session on How to sell composites to potential clients
  • Dr Rik Heslehurst, international composite engineering and training consultant – the popular pre-conference interactive workshop.  

The full program of speakers and topics is available at this link …