IACMI Meeting to Include Innovation Facility Tours
The meeting will feature automotive research and development innovations, workforce development trends, and technical updates from industry members.
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) will host its bi-annual members meeting in Detroit, Mich., January 16-18, 2018. The meeting will feature automotive research and development innovations, workforce development trends, and technical updates from industry members such as Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen, and others.
The event is expected to attract over 300 participants, including key supporters of the organization from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), industry partners, and others. The conference program features a keynote presentation from Greg Satell, author of Mapping Innovation, A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age. Other program highlights include a workforce development presentation from Lucintel, discussing trends in hiring, job creation, and training for composites careers.
IACMI technical projects and results will also be featured, including a presentation from the Composites Prototyping Center (CPC) to review the results of its project using an X-ray process to create a carbon fiber Aston Martin hood. A members-only reception will be held at the historic Henry Ford Museum to give members the opportunity to network while celebrating American innovation and ingenuity.
“The IACMI members meetings are integral to catalyze industry collaboration and networking across the composites supply chain,” said John Hopkins, IACMI interim CEO. “The participant profile includes thought leaders in the industry and a diverse group of small, medium, and large companies with potential to change the entire composites landscape.”
The January members meeting will include tours of the Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF), a 100,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art facility shared with LIFT-Lightweighting Innovations for Tomorrow. Michigan State University (MSU), which leads IACMI’s lightweighting in vehicle structures initiative, is a core partner and manages the manufacturing innovation hub in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. The facility provides full-scale capabilities to augment MSU’s comprehensive composites research and development capabilities at the main campus in East Lansing.
For more information, visit http://iacmi.org.