07 October 2008
2009 International Wood composites symposium to be held in Seattle
The 43rd International Wood Composites Symposium and Technical Workshop will be held March 30-April 1, 2009 at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Seattle, Washington.
Organized by WSU’s Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, the Symposium is an industry-driven forum presenting the latest advances and developments in wood composites technology.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher, President and CEO of Dieffenbacher with headquarters located in Eppingen, Germany. The Dieffenbacher group consists of 18 companies worldwide, with annual sales in excess of 400 million ($US). The company provides innovative press lines and process technology for the composite panel, automotive, plastics, and components industries.
The agenda for the two-day Symposium will feature sessions on Life Cycle Assessment, Adhesive Developments, and Product and Process Improvement. In addition, there will be a Technical Forum poster session and a banquet Tuesday evening.
A one-day Technical Workshop on “Natural Fibers: Their Role in the Carbon Economy” will take place on Monday, March 30, before the Symposium. The Technical Workshop Keynote Speaker will be Dr. James Holbery, a scientist/principal investigator in the Energy and Environment Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is a recognized expert in energy harvesting and lightweight materials. He is actively involved in the development of natural fiber processing and surface modification techniques, long fiber predictive engineering, and natural fiber reinforced composites.
Please visit the Symposium web site at www.woodsymposium.wsu.edu for program information, to register online, or to submit abstracts for the Technical Forum poster session.
Int'l. Wood Composites Symposium & Technical Workshop
Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory
Washington State University
PO Box 641806
Pullman, WA 99164-1806