SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE)

The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE). This event is designed to educate and update automotive design and production engineers, sales personnel, and management from transportation OEMs and Tier suppliers about the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications. ACCE is the world's leading automotive composites forum. The event provides excellent networking opportunities and draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Date: September 7-9, 2016

Location: The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 (See link HERE.)


Conference Chair:

Rani Richardson, Composites & Additive Manufacturing Business Experience Consultant, Dassault Systèmes, Ph: +1.201.675.8361,
e-mail: ACCE-chair@speautomotive.com

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

Creig Bowland, Colorado Legacy Group, Ph: +1.704.466.1505
Dr. Michael Connolly, Huntsman, Ph: +1.248.462.0503

Sponsorship Chair: Teri Chouinard, Intuit Group
Ph: +1.248.701.8003 or e-mail: teri@intuitgroup.com

Registration Chair: Scott Marko, SPE International
Ph:+1.203.740.5442, email: ACCE-registration@speautomotive.com

Visit our partners, the SPE Composites Division .

Registration Fees

$475 USD - SPE Member
$575 USD - Non-SPE Member (Includes 1 yr of SPE membership - $140 USD value) or Renewing SPE Member (Extend Membership by 1 year & save $18 USD)
$100 USD - Student
$200 USD - 1-Day Rate (SPE Membership Not Included)
No Charge - Free to those who work directly for Transportation OEMs and Media


Future SPE ACCE Dates

Like to plan ahead? Dates for the next few years of the SPE ACCE are as follows (exhibitors move in the day before):
  • September 6-8, 2017
  • September 5-7, 2018
  • September 4-6, 2019
  • September 9-11, 2020

Discounted Hotel Rates

The Hyatt Place Hotel Detroit/Novi adjacent to the conference facility is NOW SOLD OUT. Please see the list below for other hotels in the area offering SPE ACCE guests discounted rooms.


For help with your travel arrangements, please contact Sharon Rager at Cadillac Travel at +1.248.358.5330 or find them online HERE.

2016 SPE ACCE Forms

For Authors New Submission Site Authors interested in submitting abstracts and papers/presentations for consideration for the 16th SPE ACCE should submit directly to our new paper-review platform at SubmitACCEpapers.com.

Sponsors / Exhibitors 2016 Sponsor/Exhibitor Cancellation policy:
  • Cancellation Prior to 3/15/2016: 90% refund
  • Cancellation Between 3/16/2016 and 7/31/2016: 50% refund or 100% credit applied to 2017 ACCE Sponsorship
  • Cancellation after 8/1/2016: NO refund; 50% credit applied to 2017 ACCE Sponsorship
For Students

Last Minute Event Details

Final Schedule (as of August 26th), available in 2 formats:
Program Guide: Get a head start by reviewing the program guide HERE.

Exhibit Show Floor Map: Plan your visits, available in 2 formats:
  • This version is high res & prints out on a single page, but type is small.
  • This version prints out as 3 pages, but type is much larger.
Abstracts Available for all our presentations HERE.

Speaker Bios for all Presenters HERE.

Conference Proceedings Available Free 24/7 HERE.

Conference Photos Posted HERE.

2016 Press Release Updates


View & download SPE ACCE Event Photos from Flickr HERE.

View old press releases from our events HERE.

View all 16 years of ACCE processings HERE.

2016 Keynote Speakers

Speaker, Title


Tentative Topic


Dr. Craig Blue, CEO Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) & Oak Ridge National Laboratory IACMI - The Composites Institute: Progress, Roadmap & Opportunities Wednesday, Sept. 7, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Rick Neff, BAAM Sales Manager Cincinnati Inc. BAAM - Big Area Additive Manufacturing - Using Reinforced Plastics to Drive Innovation in Big 3D Printing Wednesday, Sept. 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Rich Fields, Mechanical Engineering Senior Manager Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control Accelerated Introduction of New Material Systems Thursday, Sept. 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Ove Schuett, VP - Transportation & Mobility, Industrial Equipment Business Unit Dassault Systèmes An Innovative Approach to Light Weighting & Managing Vehicle Development Complexity Friday, Sept. 9, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
James Staargaard, CEO Plasan Carbon Composites Development of a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Roof Frame Using the High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding Process Friday, Sept. 9, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

2016 Panel Discussion:

Critical Issues in Automotive Composites: Technology, Policy & Supply Chain

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Panel Member,



Dale Brosius IACMI Moderator
Dr. Craig Blue IACMI & Oak Ridge National Laboratory Panelist
Rick Neff Cincinnati Inc. Panelist
Rich Fields Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control Panelist
Ove Schuett Dassault Systèmes Panelist
James Staargaard Plasan Carbon Composites Panelist

2016 Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors. (Company Names in Orchid were Early-Bird Sponsors.)

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Ashland Inc.
Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC
Premier PLUS, Exhibitor & Reception Sponsor Hexion Inc.
Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Core Molding Technologies, Inc.
Premier Sponsor, Exhibitor, & Student Scholarship Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.
Premier PLUS Sponsor & Exhibitor SABIC
Student Poster Competition Sponsor Magna Exteriors
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Addcomp North America, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Altair Engineering, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor BASF
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Böllhoff USA
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Composites One LLC
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Dow Automotive Systems
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Gurit (USA) Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Huntsman
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Plasmatreat
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Owens Corning
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company, Inc.
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Solvay
Premier Sponsor & Exhibitor Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor A&P Technology
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AlzChem AG
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor AOC Resins
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Arkema Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Autodesk Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Automated Dynamics
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor C.A. Litzler Co., Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Cannon USA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor CHOMARAT
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Chromaflo Technologies
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Dreytek Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor EconCore N.V.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Enercon Industries Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Engel
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor ESI Group
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Evonik Industries AG
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor e-Xstream engineering
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor FRIMO Group GmbH
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Globe Machine Manufacturing Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Hennecke, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor IDI Composites® International
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Intertek Transportation Technologies
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor KRÜSS USA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor LANXESS Corp.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mafic SA
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber & Composites
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Molding Products LLC
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor North American Composites (NAC)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Pinette Emidecau Industries
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Siemens PLM Software
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Sigmatex Carbon Composite Solutions
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Toho Tenax America, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Trexel, Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Williams, White & Co.
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor WMG Centre HVM Catapult - University of Warwick
Associate Sponsor & Exhibitor Zoltek: A Toray Group Company
Exhibitor Adaptive Corp.
Exhibitor Creative Foam Composite Systems
Exhibitor Dynamic Robotic Solutions
Exhibitor Great Lakes Composites Institute
Exhibitor Persico S.p.A.
Exhibitor Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
Breakfast Sponsor SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering)
Coffee-Break Sponsor Johns Manville
Coffee-Break Sponsor Michelman, Inc.
Advertising Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Advertising Sponsor DSC Consumables, Inc.
Advertising Sponsor Shear Comfort Ltd.
Media / Association American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
Media / Association AutoBeat Daily
Media / Association Automotive Design & Production Magazine
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal International
Media / Association CompositesWorld
Media / Association Industrias Plásticas
Media / Association JEC Group
Media / Association Noticiero del Plástico
Media / Association Plastics Engineering Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Insight
Media / Association Plastics News
Media / Association Plastics Technology Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Technology México
Media / Association Prototype Today
Media / Association Reciclado y Plasticos
Media / Association Rubber Fibres Plastics International Magazine
Media / Association The Molding Blog
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