SAE 2014 Design, Manufacturing and Economics of Composites

June 10-11, 2014

Madrid, Spain

NH Parque Avenidas

Q&A with the Organizing Committee

1. Why is the SAE 2014 Design, Manufacturing and Economics of Composites Symposium important to the industry?

"This event brings together speakers from several segments of the composites industry (Aerospace, Automotive, Wind Energy) to discuss issues faced by their respective industries. The "Economics of Composites" is an issue in all segments of the composites industry and this issue will be a major part of this event."
Carroll Grant - Aerospace Composites Consulting

"It provides insight, exposure, ideas and the latest research to inform and advise the attendees about the enablers and inhibitors for the use of composite materials in a wide assortment of products and applications."
George N Bullen FSME, CPIM, President/CEO - Smart Blades, Inc.

2. Who should attend this event?

"Anyone and everyone interested in the application and total life cycle cost to using composite materials as a replacement for traditional metallic materials."
George N Bullen FSME, CPIM, President/CEO - Smart Blades, Inc.

"Aerospace and other sectors directors, engineers, and managers involved in the composites PLC; composites plant operation managers; composite design and development engineers; materials and processes engineers; and engineering students."
Miguel Á. Castillo Acero, VP Technology Development - Aernnova Group

3. Why should professionals from industry attend?

"Professionals will not only benefit from the material sharing, they will make connections with a shared passion for addressing the high cost of graphite composite fabrication and assembly."
Dan Day, Associate Technical Fellow, Assembly and Automation Technology - Boeing Company

"Composites industry professionals will find this event especially valuable as they will get to see presentations on what issues other segments of the composites industry must contend with."
Carroll Grant - Aerospace Composites Consulting

4. What will attendees get out of the event? What are the "take-aways"?

"The participants will be exposed to different perspectives for current composites utilization and the future trends. The diversity of point of views associated with the cross sector set-up creates a good environment to fertilize new ideas on composites utilization."
Miguel Á. Castillo Acero, VP Technology Development - Aernnova Group

"An industry expert may find themselves locked in a paradigm of tools and techniques for manufacturing with composites. This symposium will address the lifecycle considerations from design through end of life disposal of composites. Take-aways will be an enhanced knowledge of lifecycle costs as well as opportunities for automation, cost reduction or avoidance from several industries."
Dan Day, Associate Technical Fellow, Assembly and Automation Technology - Boeing Company

5. What makes this event different from others covering the same technology?

"It addresses a wider field of products and technologies. Other events are specifically tailored for aerospace, materials, tooling. Other events are technology driven. This event is holistic and includes all applications, and also includes the economics that are essential to considering composites as a material of choice."
George N Bullen FSME, CPIM, President/CEO - Smart Blades, Inc.

"The event addresses several issues in composites (design, manufacturing, economics) and also discusses these issues from the perspective of several industry segments (aerospace, wind energy, automotive)."
Carroll Grant - Aerospace Composites Consulting