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Strong speaker line-up for 2015 Composites Conference

2 March 2015

The 2015 Composites Australia CRC-ACS Conference is attracting a strong speaker line-up of  global and national industry leaders and promises delegates two powerful days of knowledge exchange, networking and business development opportunities.

Delegates and speakers are travelling from as far afield as Canada, Germany, Iran, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, USA and Uzbekistan to attend the conference to be held in Queensland from 21 to 23 April 2015.The Honourable Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, will officially open the conference.

Overseas visitors

Keynote speaker Dr Michael (Mickey) McCabe, Executive Director of the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, is an acknowledged leader in technology-based economic development and materials research. He will set the scene with his presentation on Strategies for Winning with Composites in a Global Market.

A second keynote will be presented by Professor Axel Herrmann, Managing Director of the Airbus subsidiary Composite Technology Centre. Professor Herrmann is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the European composites innovation network CFK-Valley Stade as well as leading Fiber International Bremen. He will speak on Key technologies for composite structures in eco-mobility and transport industries.

Mr Sean McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Composites Innovation Centre, will speak on the work and accomplishments of FibreCITY, a global effort to facilitate commercial use of biocomposites.

Mr Jean Meyer, from the Bundeswehr Institute for Materials Fuels and Lubricants will speak on Determination of ply stacking sequence for automated repair of CFRP structures.

Raymond ten Broeke from The Netherland’s based AkzoNobel Polymer Chemistry, winners of a 2015 JEC Europe Innovation Award, will speak on recent developments in polyester curing systems.

Industry opportunities

The conference provides the opportunity for the industry to hear from export and financial experts on opportunities to strengthen and advance their business, while Dr Martin Jones, Intellectual Property and Education Officer with ACS Australia, will outline some of the key technology outputs of the CRC-ACS as it approaches the end of its five year term, and how they can be accessed by the industry.

Tony Stanton, Engineering Manager – Asia Pacific for Gurit Pty Ltd will present case studies on the successful application of advanced composites in commercial vessels.

Other topics include: new and emerging technologies, materials and processes to improve manufacturing efficiency, the quality of outputs and open new markets for composites; infrastructure applications and repair, advancements in structural design, analysis and testing; developments in polymers, advanced composites, bio composites and recycled-mixed composites; 3D printing technologies; plus a number of practical ‘tool boxes’ developed to support the advancement of composite materials and their performance.

Australian industry and research identities

Well-known members of the Australian composites industry, research and technical community presenting at the conference, include:

Brian Hughes, Managing Director of Composites Materials Engineering; Professor Chun Wang, Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University; Andrew Beehag and Michael Heitzmann from Advanced Composite Structures Australia; Russell Varley and Menghe Maio from CSIRO and Lucy and Chris Cranich, consulting materials scientists with PATH; and internationally recognised composites consulting engineer Rik Heslehurst.

Dr Heslehurst will also present a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday 21 April on The Art and Science of Bonding Composite Structures.

More information

Conference website – for program and registration details

Media inquiries: Liz Tunnecliffe M: 0407 587 194 | E: liz[at]apical.com.au