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Counting down to the start of the 2016 Advanced Composites Innovation (ACI) Conference to be held in Melbourne on April 13 and 14 with a technical workshop on April 12.

Join global and domestic industry leaders at this important Australian conference for professionals seeking to innovate with composite materials.

In its 13th year, this annual conference, hosted by Composites Australia with the support of  SAMPE-Australia and the Engineers Australia technical society – the Australian Composite Structures Society (ACCS) –  has proven to be a valuable forum for the sharing of industry and scientific knowledge on new and emerging developments in composites  technologies, opportunities for new applications and  markets as well as sessions to advance business management and marketing.

View / download the conference program here

Delegates at Composites Australia annual conference Guests at Composites Australia annual conference
Minister Lily D'Ambrosio Andrew Stevens, chair Advanced Zmanufacturing Growth Centre Composites Australia conference keynote Leslie J Cohen, Senior Vice President, New Business Development & Strategic Technology, HITCO

 The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio

Mr Andrew Stevens Dr Leslie Jay Cohen


Mr Andrew Stevens, Chairman of the newly established Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, will present the results of the Australian advanced manufacturing industry consultation process and outline the operating model designed to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector. More details …

In his keynote address, Dr Leslie Cohen, Senior Vice President, New Business Development & Strategic Technology with HITCO Carbon Composites, will share the learnings from the company’s seven year journey transitioning from 100% build-to-print hand lay-up production to a fully automated ATL, AFP, Drape forming ability. More details …

The Call for Papers has been extended to 1 February 2016 for the Peer Review stream and 10 February for the industry (non-peer reviewed) stream. More details … 

Australian Composites Structures Society*(ACSS) Best Paper Prize of $500 cash and a certificate will be awarded to the presenting author of the best peer reviewed paper. More details…  (*ACSS is a technical society of Engineers Australia) 

Early bird savings on registration prices end 29 January 2016.


To download the conference program brochure click here
To download the registration booking form please click here
To register online click here



Tuesday 12th April

Half day workshop – Understanding, Developing and Predicting the Unique Capabilities of Composites
presented by Rik Heslehurst, Director Heslehurst and Associates Pty Ltd
Time: 12.30 pm– 4.30pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park
Click here to read more about the workshop

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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Melbourne Cricket Ground

Welcome reception
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Wednesday 13th April

Full day conference proceedings
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Wednesday 13th  April
Conference dinner
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Thursday 14th  April

Full day conference proceedings
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Farewell drinks
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Pullman Melbourne on the Park

The organisers have made every attempt to ensure the above information is correct at time of publishing,however the program and other event details are subject to change. In the event of change, the conference organisers are not liable for any loss or expenses incurred.