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SPE ANTEC 2016 Plenary Sessions will focus on future of plastics.

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Mar 16, 2016 - Taking place in Indianapolis, IN from May 23–25, ANTEC 2016 will feature 3 plenary sessions – Manufacturing and 3D Printing: State of the Industry (May 23), State of the Plastics Industry: Outlook for 2016 and Beyond (May 24), and Platform for Novel Lightweight Automotive Composite Design (May 25). According to ANTEC 2016 technical conference chair Donna S. Davis, these plenary sessions "will offer a unique view of the future of plastics."

Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc - Bethel, CT

Original Press Release

SPE Antec® 2016 Plenary Sessions Will Focus on the Future of Additive Manufacturing and Automotive Composites

Press release date: Mar 14, 2016

Also Featured Will Be a Panel of Plastics Editors Examining the State of the Industry Today and Possibilities for Years to Come

BETHEL, CT, U.S.A. – Speakers at the plenary sessions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2016 conference will focus on the future of the plastics industry, with special emphasis on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and the promise of automotive light-weighting through use of carbon fiber composites.

ANTEC 2016, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will take place May 23-25 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. Plenary sessions will include the following presentations:

Monday, May 23: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: State of the Industry, by Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohler Associates.

Tuesday, May 24: The State of the Plastics Industry: Outlook for 2016 and Beyond. This will be a discussion by a panel of industry editors, followed by a discussion between the editors and members of SPE’s Next Generation Advisory Board.

Wednesday, May 25: A Platform for Novel Lightweight Automotive Composite Design, by Antony Dodworth, chief technology and manufacturing officer at Bright Light Structures.

“The plenary sessions at ‘ANTEC at Indy’ will offer a unique view of the future of plastics,” said Donna S. Davis, technical conference chair of ANTEC 2016. “And with the running of the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 race taking place on the following Sunday, we couldn’t miss the opportunity for one of our plenary speakers to look at the future of automotive.”

Details on the plenary speakers appear below. Prospective ANTEC attendees can register online at www.antec.ws.

• Tim Caffrey is a senior consultant at Wohlers Associates Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado. His responsibilities include the execution of consulting projects, speaking, and representing the company at national and international events.  He is a principal author of the Wohlers Report, an in-depth worldwide study of the state of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. He has worked with Wohlers Associates since 2000.

• Antony Dodworth is chief technology and manufacturing officer at Bright Light Structures, LLC, San Francisco, California. His automotive career began in 1985 with chassis engineering for the Indianapolis 500. He has worked for Bright Lite Structures since 2011. From 2003 until 2011 he was principal research manager at Bentley Motors Ltd. where he led a team investigating the adoption of composite materials. He has designed, worked on, and built chasses for the March Indy 500 car; Leyton House F1; McLaren F1 and F1 road car; Hyundai Coupe concept; Cadillac Cien; Jaguar F Type concept; and Bentley GT concept, road car convertible, Supersport, Mulsanne, and T35. He lectures frequently on composite fibers at universities and serves on the boards of composite fiber industry associations.

• Plastics Industry Editors Panel will include Jim Callari, associate publisher and editorial director of Plastics Technology; Susan Flynn, managing editor of Composites Manufacturing; Clare Goldsberry, senior contributing editor of Plastics Today; and Don Loepp, editor in chief of Plastics News. Mike Tolinski, managing editor of SPE’s Plastics Engineering, will serve as moderator. Don Rosato, publications chairman for the Plastics Institute of America at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell, will serve as coordinator.

SPE’s Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC®) is the largest, most-respected, and well-known technical conference in the plastics industry globally. For over 70 years, ANTEC has successfully expanded from U.S. into Europe, India, and the Middle East with further expansion to global locations in 2015 and beyond. Each event features technical and business presentations on new and evolving technologies, panel discussions, as well as tutorial sessions. Networking events and student functions provide attendees with ample networking opportunities with experts from the largest industry segments.

SPE is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit http://www.4spe.org.

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