From Planes to Turbines to Automobiles: Composites Put Innovation in Motion

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SME's Composites Manufacturing 2014 focuses on the impact of composite materials on manufacturing today and in the future.

This is a rare opportunity to learn best practices from the best in the business.

What do planes, turbines and automobiles have in common? They all rely on composite materials to become lighter weight and more fuel-efficient — and, they will be the topic of conversation at Composites Manufacturing 2014.

This event is a three-day immersion into what makes composite manufacturing increasingly more vital to numerous industries, as it lowers manufacturing costs, enhances product quality and saves energy for established and emerging industries. Specifically, automotive, aerospace and wind power manufacturers have been relying on composites for years.

Produced by SME, the conference will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky. (Cincinnati area), April 8 to 10, 2014.

From conference sessions led by industry experts to demonstrations of the latest materials and technologies to facility tours, SME’s Composites Manufacturing is the authoritative event on the topic, designed specifically for manufacturers by manufacturers.

Keynote speakers from the automotive, aerospace and wind power industries will bring their expertise to light on the dramatic impact of composites on their products, processes and bottom line:

  • “Advanced Composite Materials in the Automotive Industry – Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities,” Jorge Arinez, PhD, lab group manager – Composites Processing & Joining, Manufacturing Systems Research Lab, GM Global R&D
  • “The Future of Composites Automation – Processes and Challenges,” Dan Janka, president, Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
  • “Safety Risks in Composites Manufacturing – An FAA Perspective,” Cindy Ashforth, program manager, International Branch, FAA
  • “Transforming Composite Aerostructures,” Mike Blair, general manager, Exelis

“Our lineup of speakers brings a wealth of experience to this topic,” said Maria Conrado, SME Composites Manufacturing event manager. “This is a rare opportunity to learn best practices from the best in the business.”

In addition to the opportunities to network and collaborate on the exhibit floor, the conference offers a host of workshops and technical sessions covering many diverse manufacturing applications – from composite basics to tooling-for-composite applications. Technical sessions include Machining & Drilling, Out-of-Autoclave, Automated Automation, Automated Lamination, Materials & Processing, Additive Manufacturing, and more.

For more information about Composites Manufacturing 2014, visit

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME shares knowledge to advance manufacturing. At SME, we are making the future.

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