Hexion to attend the Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE)

The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) is the world's leading automotive composites forum. The event draws speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The event is designed to educate and update transportation OEMs and Tier suppliers about the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications.


Date: September 9-11, 2014

Location: The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.


Hexion Inc. (Hexion) will be highlighting its latest developments in EPIKOTE™ epoxy resin systems, EPIKURE™ curing agents and Bakelite® engineering thermosets for high volume automotive applications. Visit us at the Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition, Booth P-3 to speak with one of our experts.  Learn more about Hexion composite technology at www.hexion.com/epoxyphenoliccomposites/automotive.

Below are the Hexion events at the conference and exhibition.


Please join us for these technical presentations during ACCE:


Engineering Thermosets 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:30 – 2:00 pm, Session: BUSINESS TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Title: A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Engineering Thermosets for Automotive Under-the-Hood Applications 


The automotive industry is looking for options to reduce weight and increase engine efficiency to comply with new CO2 emission and fuel economy regulations.  To meet these goals, engineering thermosets offer an effective light-weighting alternative to heavier, conventional steel and aluminum products. However, substituting lighter weight materials may involve other important trade-offs such as those to the environment.


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is one approach that has continued to gain acceptance not only for scientific purposes but also as a strategic business tool for evaluating the potential environmental impacts of product systems. An LCA examines a product’s environmental impacts fully along the supply chain and not just during its manufacturing and use.


This presentation will provide an overview of some of the challenges and opportunities encountered with using an LCA to evaluate the trade-offs for lightweight counterpart made from engineering thermoset material.  LCA modeling software is used to quantify the material’s potential impacts.  Interpretation of these impacts can provide automotive engineers and product planners with a (more) rational basis for comparing alternatives when used in conjunction with life cycle cost and product performance data.


Speaker: David Evers, Hexion Inc.
Location: Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition, Granite Room



Epoxy Resin Systems 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:30 – 11:00 am, Session: ADVANCES IN THERMOSET COMPOSITES
Title: Automotive Composites "Crash Box" for Mass Production



For initial applications of carbon composites on high production volume vehicles, OEMs have yet to take full advantage of the properties of these materials. Cost, processing speed, and predictability of the molded part in crash situations have been concerns.  This presentation explores recent work by Hexion and CETIM (France) on the concept for a “crash box” that can be rapidly produced, provides aerospace-equivalent performance, and can be cost-effectively integrated into a vehicle’s design.


Speaker: Roman Hillermeier, Hexion Inc.
Location: Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition, Granite Room



 Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:00 – 11:30 am, Session: ADVANCES IN THERMOSET COMPOSITES
Title: Prepreg Compression Molding for High Volume Manufacturing of Lightweight Epoxy Automotive Structures


This presentation will describe a new Hexion fast cure epoxy prepreg resin technology that has been developed to give cure times of less than five minutes while using conventional compression molding processes. The family of epoxy resin systems provides excellent mechanical and thermal mechanical properties with glass transition temperatures that can be adjusted in a range of up to 160°C. In addition to being suitable for structural applications, the prepreg resin systems also provide high out-of-the-mold surface quality that can significantly reduce the cost of post processing on Class A exterior panel applications.


Speaker: Stephen Greydanus, Hexion Inc.
Location: Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition, Granite Room


Join us for a Cocktail Reception sponsored by Hexion:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Diamond Ballroom and Fireside Room
COCKTAIL RECEPTION Sponsored by Hexion, Inc.


Please RSVP to attend the reception


2014 SPE ACCE Parts Competition


Hexion has been nominated to be a contender in the 2014 SPE ACCE Parts Competition for its lightweight carbon fiber epoxy door structure. The competition is made up of three categories: Body Exterior, Body Interior and People's Choice. Competition parts will be displayed in the Diamond Ballroom throughout the duration of the conference and will be judged the morning of Wednesday, September 10th. Both Body Exterior and Interior will be judged by members of SPE ACCE committee and People's Choice by selected conference attendees.  Winners will be announced and given an award after the keynote speakers on the last day of the conference.