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aerodef manufacturing will provide its attendees
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AeroDef Manufacturing 2017, an annual technical conference and exhibition, will be held March
6 to 9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas. The conference, which is produced by the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), will not only offer a hands-on look at solutions for
aerospace and defense, but also provide opportunities to discuss industry advances and real-world
applications during the four-day event.

Also on March 8, attendees - 73 percent of whom have a role in purchasing decisions - will gather to recognize
peers' contributions to composites
manufacturing at the awards presentation and reception.
The Composites Manufacturing
Tech Group, part of SME's Plastics,
Composites & Coatings Community,
developed the Composites Manufacturing Awards to acknowledge the
roles that large and small manufacturers play in the industry.
In addition, the J.H. "Jud" Hall
Composites Manufacturing Award
- named after Judge H. Hall for his
contributions to the development
of composites technology - is given
annually to an individual who has
contributed to composites manufacturing or tooling technology through
leadership, technical developments,
patents or educational activities. mt

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A ERODEF MANUFACTURING 2017

AH
S R EXPO 2017

fense industry faces. Keynote presentations will take place on the AeroDef
exhibit floor at The Deck (main stage)
and will include Andreas Wullner,
managing director of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers; Fred Ross, vice
president and deputy general manager of the F-35 Lightning II Program
at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.;
and Chairman and CEO of Argosy International Inc. Paul Marks.
On March 8, Marks will discuss China's aerospace goals and objectives,
and the Chinese strategy for achieving these goals, as well as the implica-

C ANADA MANUFACTURING

Some of the world's leading companies - including Boeing, Plataine
Technologies and 3D Systems - and
executives from the aerospace and
defense manufacturing industry will
gather for the event. They will participate in numerous solutions-driven
programs, such as product demonstrations, workshops, network receptions, facility tours, panel discussions
and more than 80 technical sessions.
In addition, attendees can look forward to AeroDef's keynote speakers,
who were chosen for their insights on
the challenges the aerospace and de-

M A N U FA C T U R I N G

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tions for Western aerospace manufacturers in the Chinese market.
"China's rise as an industrial powerhouse in multiple fields, including
aerospace, is both an opportunity and
possible risk to U.S. manufacturers,"
Marks notes. "AeroDef offers the perfect forum to discuss how we can turn
those challenges into opportunities
for American aerospace companies."


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