Due the ongoing Covid 19 crisis the full ACM5 conference has been put back to 2022.  To support the community in 2021 the following special programme of keynote presentations and a panel discussion will be staged to explore the hot topics in advanced automated composites manufacturing.  The conference will be  staged over two afternoons on the 14th and 15th of April, (UK time).

The event will use the Zoom Webinar platform providing an opportunity for attendees to participate during the speakers Q&A sessions and the panel discussion. Instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed as part of the registration process.

Thank you very much for your support of this year’s virtual event and we very much look forward to seeing you in the flesh in Bristol in 2022 for the full live version of ACM5.


Times are shown for UK (British Summer Time)

Wednesday 14th April  –  14:00-17:30

14:00 Welcome and Introduction
Kevin Potter, Bristol Composites Institute
14:10 Introduction to the Future Composites Manufacturing Hub
Nicholas Warrior, Nottingham University
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.
15:00 Wing of Tomorrow – The automation Opportunities and the Challenges
Sue Partridge, Airbus
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.
15:50 Break
16:10 Recent Advances and Challenges in Automated Composites Manufacturing
Suong Van Hoa, Concordia University
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.
17:00 Closing Remarks
Enrique Garcia, National Composites Centre (NCC)

Thursday 15th April  –  14:00-17:30

14:00 Welcome and Introduction
Ole Thomsen, Bristol Composites Institute
14:10 An Industry perspective on the manufacturing of future large wind turbine blades with an emphasis on sustainability and automation
John Korsgaard, LM Wind Power
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.
15:00 Virtual tour of the NCC / Bristol Composites Institute
15:20 Break
15:40 Composite Manufacturing in Future Light Weight Designs
Malin Åkermo, KTH
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.
16:30 Panel Discussion: The Next Ten Years in Composites Automation
17:00 Closing Remarks
Kevin Potter, Bristol Composites Institute