November 16, 2022

David Leach on Introducing New Products into Manufacturing

Event Details

Date & Time

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Event Link

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Engineering Management program

School of Engineering & Applied Science


Bollier 120

Event Type & Tags

  • Academics

About This Event

Introducing new products is one of the most challenging aspects for manufacturing businesses, particularly in highly demanding and regulated industries. This is even more so when the products are disruptive and require a change in the customer’s processes. New products and technologies can give substantial long-term benefits but, face many near-term challenges to gain acceptance with customers and to implement internally.

This presentation will focus on adoption of advanced composites in the aerospace industry as an example of the aspects to be considered.

About the Speaker

David Leach is Director of Business Development at ATC Manufacturing, located in Post Falls, Idaho. David has over 30 years of experience in polymers, composites and adhesives and has spent most of his career in thermoplastic composites for aerospace and high-performance applications. His experience includes materials and process research, applications development, operations, new product introduction and business development. He has authored over 40 technical papers and two book chapters. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials and the US Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.