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31st July 2019, Troy, MI

Keynote announced for SPE ACCE 2019

Gulay Serhatkulu, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials North America, BASF Corp. © BASFThe executive planning committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) has announced the second keynote speaker for its 19th annual event that takes place from 4-6 September at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, in the Detroit suburbs.

Gulay Serhatkulu, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials North America, BASF Corp., will present Chemistry-Driven Composite Innovation – the Future is Now. The presentation will outline the challenges facing composites solutions in the automotive industry and what needs to happen to increase the adoption. She will also highlight examples from BASF and how the company is using chemistry to drive composites innovation now and in the future. 

“Chemistry-driven innovations drive BASF technology advancements in automotive applications making BASF the number one chemical supplier to the automotive industry,” said Ms Serhatkulu. “Increasing desire for stronger, lighter, more sustainable material solutions can only be achieved with new chemistries together with creative product designs. This leads to a different way of working, bringing the company offering new chemistries and the part designer closer than ever before.”

In addition to daily keynote presentations, the three-day ACCE features around 80 technical  presentations, two-three panel discussions, and over 100 sponsors with around 80 exhibiting  advances in materials, processes, and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a wide variety of transportation applications.

The Automotive and Composites Divisions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE to educate the industry about the benefits of composites in automotive, light and heavy-duty truck, off-highway vehicles, and other ground transportation applications.

Composites – Forming the Future of Transportation Worldwide is the theme for this year’s event reflecting the growing global interest transportation OEMs have in learning about the latest plastic composites technologies.

The 2019 ACCE is co-chaired by Dr Alper Kiziltas, technical expert, Ford Motor Company and SPE Automotive Div. vice-chair and education committee chair and Matthew E. Carroll, materials engineering, General Motors Company and former SPE Automotive Div. chair.

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