Now in its 12th year, the SPE ACCE is a leading forum for automotive composites. This year’s event, with the theme Unleashing the Power of Design, takes place on 11-13 September at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan, USA.

Creig Bowland, senior research associate at PPG Industries, is the 2012 SPE ACCE conference chair.

“With the global automotive industry growing again after several difficult years, and with a host of tough new emissions and fuel-economy standards looming for the industry to meet, interest in lightweight materials like polymer composites is at an all-time high," he says.

"Fortunately, the composites industry has a broad portfolio representing a wide range of cost, performance, and processing options from which to choose. Whether auto makers are working on low volume/performance platforms, or high volume/economy platforms, they will find materials and process options that will meet their needs.”

Those interested in speaking at this year’s event should submit abstracts by 31 March 2012 to the review committee at

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws almost 500 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.