To support the ACM community in 2021 a special programme of on-line keynote presentations and a panel discussion will be staged to explore the hot topics in advanced automated composites manufacturing.  These will be staged over two afternoons on the 14th and 15th of April to maximise the opportunity for our international attendees to participate.  The full ACM5 conference will return in 2022.

Thank you very much for your support of the ACM5 virtual event. We very much look forward to seeing you in the flesh in Bristol in 2022 for the live version of ACM5. 

Keynote Presentations

Every year the industry’s leading thinkers share their vision for the future of composites manufacturing in our keynote presentations. This year’s lineup is no exception and is a must-see for engineers, developers, investors and entrepreneurs who are looking for their edge in an increasingly competitive world.

Suong Van Hoa
Concordia University, Canada

Recent advances and challenges in automated composites manufacturing

Suong Van Hoa has been working on polymer composites since 1979. He has worked on analysis, testing, design, material development, and manufacturing, and has been working on Automated Composites Manufacturing since 2012.  He currently holds an industrial chair on Automated Composites Manufacturing supported by the NSE Research Council of Canada, and Bell Flight.

Malin Åkermo
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Composite manufacturing in future light weight designs

Malin Åkermo is Professor in Lightweight structures at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, with special interests in composite materials and its processing. Since more than 15 years she leads a group performing research on manufacturing of structural composites in collaboration with industry. Studied material systems and applications span from aerospace to automotive.

Sue Partridge
Airbus, UK

Wing of Tomorrow - the automation opportunities and the challenges

In 2017, Sue was appointed Head of the Wing of Tomorrow Programme. This is the largest Research and Technology Programme in the whole of Airbus Group and involves 8 Airbus sites across Europe and more than 35 suppliers globally. The programme is focused on maturing high performance, low cost and high rate technologies to prepare Airbus for the launch of the next programme.

John Korsgaard
LM Wind Power, Denmark

An industry perspective on the manufacturing of future large wind turbine blades with an emphasis on sustainability and automation

John Korsgaard has worked with wind turbine blades at LM Wind Power since 1990. He has a M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. He has had various positions in the R&D department at LM Wind Power and is currently heading the Engineering Excellence department.

Nick Warrior
University of Nottingham, UK

Automation Projects within The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Nick Warrior is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham. He is the Director of the UKRI EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub.  Nick received the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal Award (2009) for successful industrial exploitation of composite materials.

The ACM5 2021 virtual event was jointly hosted by the University of Bristol – one of the world’s top 100 universities and the National Composites Centre, home to the UK’s world-leading capabilities in automated composites R&D.  Bristol is host to some of the most exciting composite R&D programmes in the world and the ACM5 will be supported by a range of well-known industrial partners.

Objective and Topics

The objective of the ACM conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion on the latest development in automated composites manufacturing. The full ACM5 conference will return in 2022 where the topics will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Automated fibre placement of preimpregnated and dry fibre reinforcements
  • Automated manufacturing of composite structures with very complex geometry

  • Thermo forming/stamping

  • Fibre steering and variable stiffness composite structures

  • Sustainable manufacture

  • Design for Automated Manufacture of composite structures

  • Advances in materials designed for automated manufacture

  • Process and equipment development and optimization

  • Automated NDE and Quality assurance

  • Virtual manufacturing environments and digital technologies

  • Workforce education and training in composites manufacture

Sponsors and Exhibitor Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to demonstrate your product or service, gain brand recognition or connect with your target audience, ACM5 can help you achieve your goals as an exhibitor or sponsor.

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Visit Bristol for ACM5 2022

The City of Bristol is a vibrant place to visit, the undisputed centre for composites research in the UK, with one of the strongest research clusters in the UK.  Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail, bus and coach and air links.

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