The composites industry is growing at a rapid pace with a surge in demand, research, product development, and government regulation. While many of these growth factors are discussed within the industry and at ACMA events, there are very few platforms to discuss the always evolving government trade, tariffs, and regulations. This conference is dedicated to facilitating discussion and sharing knowledge of the industry’s future at a high level. Presentations and sessions will include industry leaders, and economic and political experts, plus an excursion to the prestigious United States Naval Academy for presentations from some of the Academy’s brightest intellectuals on cybersecurity, leadership, and ethics.


Sunday, June 9


           5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   Welcome Networking Reception 

Monday, June 10


7:00 am - 8:00 am   Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast


8:00 am - 8:15 am   Opening Remarks & Welcome


8:15 am - 9:15 am   Economic Outlook 

Robert will provide an update on the performance of the economy and key indicators all businesses and the composites industry should be watching.

Robert Fry | Robert Fry Economics LLC; Delaware

9:15 am - 10:00 am   Manufacturing for the Future, Part I

This panel session will feature futuristic, game changing processes and practices, including areas of advanced and high-speed manufacturing, automation, and more.

10:00 am - 10:30 am   Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am   Manufacturing for the Future, Part II


This panel session will feature futuristic, game changing processes and practices, including areas of advanced and high-speed manufacturing, automation, and more.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm   How the Right Location can Dictate Success


This session will discuss key points of interest in developing or relocating new facilities in the U.S., with considerations such as workforce, tax incentives, building codes, and more.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm   Luncheon Presentation: Sharing Lessons and Learnings between Market Segments 

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm   
Composites on The Hill


Become a Washington DC insider during this session! From the IMAGINE Act, to the balance of power, what happens in Washington DC does not stay here. This session will feature speakers discussing highly-debated issues that affect manufacturing – from immigration, workforce, healthcare, and taxes, to specific, composites-related legislation.

Rhod Shaw | Alpine Group; Washington D.C.
Wayne H. Valis | Valis Associates; Washington D.C.

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm   Recycling and Sustainability – Customers Care 

This session will feature a panel covering recycling and sustainability from the viewpoint of our customers.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm   Networking Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm   Concurrent Tracks 

These two tracks are designed to explore the potential tipping points that exponentially propel composites growth. Is the industry ready and do we have the businesses and production capabilities to meet future demands?

Transportation: Speed up production in the transportation area.
Infrastructure: What is needed to continue to grow this market?

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm   Reception and Dinner with ACMA 40th Anniversary Celebration


Join us as we kick off ACMA’s 40th year as the world’s largest composites industry trade group by toasting to innovation and a bright future!


Tuesday, June 11


7:30 am - 8:15 am   Breakfast 

8:15 am - 8:30 am
   Shuttle Leaves for the U.S. Naval Academy (U.S. identification required)

9:00 am - 11:00 am   Cyber Security, Leadership and Ethics in the US Naval Academy & Your Business

Hear from expert speakers on leadership, ethics, and cyber security issues from some of the Academy’s top intellectuals.

Mr. Chris Inglis will lead a discussion focusing on cyber security issues. Mr. Inglis served in a federal capacity for 41 years, including 28 years at NSA (National Security Agency) and over 7 years as a senior civilian and Deputy Director of NSA. Mr. Inglis’ holds the rating of Command Pilot in the U.S. Air Force and has received multiple awards and medals

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas will lead a discussion on leadership and ethics issues. Dr. Thomas is the Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and a past Director of the John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at the Marine Corps University. Dr. Thomas’ research interests involve experiential leadership development and he is a frequent, international speaker.

11:10 am - 12:20 pm   Private Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy Engineering and Weapons Division

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Private Lunch at the Officer's Club

1:30 pm   
Forum Concludes
: Attendees may board a shuttle to return to the hotel for departures or remain onsite for full campus tours (attendees are responsible for return transportation if remaining on campus).

Contact: Martha Lowe | ACMA | 



Please note this schedule is subject to change* 

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