COMPOSITES 2012 is scheduled to take place February 21-23 in Las Vegas.

For professionals involved with the composites industry, Las Vegas is the place to be this month. The COMPOSITES 2012 Exhibition and Convention, which is produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), will be held February 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 attendees from a variety of market segments are expected to attend. Markets represented at the show will include aerospace, architectural, automotive, civil structure, construction, corrosion, energy, kitchen and bath, marine, mass transportation, military, sports and leisure, and truck/RV.

2012 Keynote Speaker: Rusty Wallace

Attendees at COMPOSITES 2012 will have access to an array of educational opportunities. NASCAR champion and sports commentator Rusty Wallace will be featured as the general session’s keynote speaker on February 21. He will provide insights about teamwork in business, as well as the increasingly common use of composites in the automotive industry.

More than 100 45-minute educational sessions and 25-minute technical papers will be presented during the show as well. A university poster session, opening welcome reception, awards luncheon and specialized networking events are also on the agenda.

The COMPOSITES Exhibition

On February 22 and 23, more than 220 exhibitors will represent their products and services on the show floor (see sidebar on p. 24). Exhibiting companies from every state and more than 40 countries will be in attendance. These exhibitors will be showcasing emerging technologies, new green industry trends, and advancements in materials and market applications.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will again be partnering with ACMA to provide the 600-sq-ft Adhesive and Sealant Pavilion at this year’s event. The Pavilion will be prominently displayed on the show floor and will accommodate five exhibitors from the adhesives and sealants sector. Exhibitors will include raw materials suppliers and manufacturers of adhesive and sealant solutions for the composites market.

Networking and Additional Opportunities

COMPOSITES 2012 will offer a number of networking opportunities beyond the educational sessions and the exhibition. The opening welcome reception, which usually has more than 1,000 attendees, will kick off the three-day event. An awards luncheon will be held on February 22 to honor companies and individuals for innovative contributions to the industry. During the luncheon, the Award for Composite Excellence (ACE) and the Pinnacle Awards will be given in design, manufacturing and market growth categories. In addition, ACMA will host a number of committee meetings during COMPOSITES, and a handful of specialized industry networking receptions will take place as well.

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SIDEBAR: Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 21
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Education Sessions and Technical Papers

12:00-1:30 p.m. University Poster Session

1:30-3:30 p.m. General Session-Open to All

3:45-5:00 p.m. Education Sessions and Technical Papers

5:15-6:45 p.m. Opening Welcome Reception

Wednesday, February 22
8:00-9:15 a.m. General Session - Open to All

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

12:00-1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

2:00-5:00 p.m. Education Sessions and Technical Papers

5:15-6:45 p.m. Specialized Networking Sessions

Thursday, February 23
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Education Sessions and Technical Papers

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

1:30-3:30 p.m. Education Sessions and Technical Papers

SIDEBAR: Exhibitor List*

A.P.C.M. Manufacturing 1142
ACMA Central 665
ACS International 920
The Adhesive & Sealant Council 656, 657, 661
Advanced Plastics, Inc. 914
Airtech International 823
AkzoNobel 807
Albion Engineering Co. 659A
Allied Custom Gypsum 541
AOC 605
Arkema Inc. 837
Ashland 1153
ATC Formulated Polymers 1023
Auburn University 1164
AXEL 407
B/E Aerospace 454
Baltek, Inc. 747
Bayer MaterialScience 757
Beijing Partnerworld Int’l 649, 651, 653, 750, 752
BYK USA, Inc. 841
CCP Composites 329
Cerex Advanced Fabrics, Inc. 758
Changzhou Topweaving 332
Chem-Trend LP 819
Chemique Adhesives 564
China National Building 213
CHOMARAT North America 737
Chongqing Polycomp Int’l Corp. 559
CMS North America, Inc. 315
Colbond, Inc. 328
Composites Europe Lounge 461
Composites One 528, 629
Composites World 956
Continental Diamond Tool 1139
Controx – Neuhauser 1057
Crane Composites, Inc. 740
Creative Pultrusions, Inc. 539
CTG International Inc. 551
Cutting Edge Composites 1264
Dassault Systems Americas 447
De-Comp Composites, Inc. 1115
DIAB Sales, Inc. 664
Diatrim Tools Ltd. 1154
Diversified Machine Systems 206
Dixie Chemical Co. 1270
DuraPlate Products Group 738
Eastman Machine Co. 929
Elliott Co. of Indianapolis, Inc. 646
Endurance Technologies 1050
Engineered Fillers International 918
Entec Composite Machines 347
Eurovac Inc. 925
Fiber Glass Industries 836
Fiber-Line, Inc. 547
Fiberlay 753
Flow International Corp. 247
Frees, Inc. 412
Freudenberg Nonwovens 928
Geis Companies 359
General Plastics Manufacturing 951
Gibco Flex-Mold Inc. 1034
Gruber Systems 840
GS Manufacturing 450
Hawkeye Industries, Inc. 815
Henkel Corp. 907
Hennecke Inc. 1007
HK Research Corp. 421
Hodogaya Chemical (USA) 851
Hollingsworth & Vose Co. 1128
Horn 314
Huber Engineered Materials 715
INOAC Corp. 959
Interplastic Corp./NAC 619
Intertek 349
IPS Weld-On Corp. 615
ITW Finishing Equipment 935
ITW Insulation Systems 107
ITW Plexus 955
ITW Spray Core 1037
ITW Wind Group 859
Jensen Industries, Inc. 313
Jiaxing Sunny FRP Industries 1054
JRL Ventures, Inc. 847
Jushi USA 915
Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc. 1015
KMT Robotic Solutions 338
KNF FLEXPAK Corp. 1124
Knowlton Technologies LLC 1041
Krauss Maffei Corp. 453/2
Lindau Chemicals, Inc. 1114
Litek Composites Corp. 947
Magnum Venus Plastech 229, 523
Martin Pultrusion Group 316
MCC Equipment & Service Ctr. 965
McLube/McGee Industries 1019
MDC Mould & Plastic Co., Ltd. 934
Mektech Composites Inc. 1146
METYX Composites 557
Micro Air 1012
Momentive Specialty Chemicals 307
MultiCam, Inc. 746
Myers Engineering, Inc. 756
Nantong Power Plastic/Rubber 964
Nederman Inc. 855
Nexeo Solutions 207
Norton 339
Olympus 440
Owens Corning 321
Parabeam BV 1165
Performance Minerals Corp. 916
Plascore, Inc. 1053
Plasticolors, Inc. 941
PPG Industries, Inc. 441
PPG-Devold 853
Precision Quincy Corp. 1047
Pro-Set, Inc. 438
The R.J. Marshall Co. 517
Reichhold 506
Rexco Mold Care Products 516
RS Hughes Co. 659B
Saint-Gobain ADFORS 741
Scott Bader, Inc. 446
Sika Corp. 1029
Smart Tooling 1046
Sogel Inc. 865
SP-High Modulus 852
Specialty Products Co. 946
Spheretex America, Inc. 453
Stiles Machinery Inc. 1013
Structural Composites, Inc. 330
Sworl 642
Syrgis Performance Initiators 641
System Three Resins, Inc. 243
Taconic 1246
TCR Composites, Inc. 930
Tech Systems, LLC 1059
Teijin Aramid USA, Inc. 340
Tiodize Co., Inc. 1127
Toho Tenax America, Inc. 546
TR Industries 543
Tricel Honeycomb Corp. 909
Unicomposite Technology Co. 341
United Soybean Board 647
Universal Star Group Ltd. 223
University of Alabama 1065
University of Mississippi 1170
University Pavilion 1064
Valspar 637
Vectorply Corp. 638
Ventilation Solutions 1156
Virginia Economic Dev. 1006
Warm Industrial Nonwovens 416
Watkins & Associates, Inc. 413
Westech Aerosol Corp. 565
Winona State University 1071
Wisconsin Oven Corp. 1147
Wm. T. Burnett & Co. 1033
Xamax Industries, Inc. 320
*as of 12/8/11