5/18/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

First Keynote Speaker Announced for SPE ACCE 2018

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The SPE Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE) team announces the first keynote speaker for its 18th annual event on September 5-7, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

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Global Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company John Viera will present two keynotes at this year’s Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) September 5–7, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, in the Detroit suburbs. One keynote is entitled “Sustainable Manufacturing at Ford and How Composites Can Help to Address Industry Challenges” and will outline the future of sustainable manufacturing at Ford, including powertrain, water and energy strategies. Viera also will highlight how composites will play an important role in Ford’s commitment to advancing sustainable technologies, including the development of hybrid cellulose composites with International Paper and Celanese. The presentation will include excerpts from Ford Motor Company’s 2016-2017 Sustainability Report.

Additionally, the ACCE features approximately 80 technical presentations, three roundtable discussions and over 100 sponsors with close to 80 exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a wide variety of transportation applications. The event includes networking breakfasts, lunches and receptions and attracts over 900 attendees worldwide. The Automotive and Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE to educate the automotive industry about the benefits of composites in automotive applications. “Composites—Driving Innovation,” is the theme for this year’s event, and it reflects the growing interest automotive original equipment manufacturers have in the latest composites technologies.

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