08:30   Registration, refreshments and networking 

09:15   Welcome
Karen Laird, Editor, Plastics News Europe

09:20   Chairman's welcome
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young


09:30   Update on the automotive industry; the factors shaking up the industry and how they will impact the interior of the car
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young 

  • Current automotive landscape – how the industry has evolved and challenges it is facing
  • Trends and a look at their implications on the interior surfaces of cars
  • A look to the future

10:00   Design thinking related to innovation and sustainability
James Hope, Former Design Chief, Chery Automobiles

  • Customisation of automotive appliqués
  • Functional parts: smart surfaces, combining technology applications
  • Sustainability/ plastic and bio polymers
  • Future consumer trends for gen Y and Z

10:30   Eco-friendly surfaces in the interior
Ing. Marco Tuninetti, Senior Technical Specialist, CRF – GML, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, EMEA
Dr. Werner Klusmeier, Senior Manager Process Innovation, Advanced Product Development, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

  • Weight reduction through natural fiber compounds
  • Concept and application for visible natural fibers
  • Specification, resistance and abrasion tests 


11:00   Refreshment break and networking

11:30   Innovative long glass fiber thermoplastics (PP LGF) and their usage for visible surfaces
Norwin van Riel, Technology Leader Automotive, Trinseo

  • A new generation of easy flow and low emission Long Glass Fiber PP products is developed for automotive interior semi-structural components
  • The thermoplastic composites provide a significant weight reduction potential for semi-structural components through the replacement of metal
  • The additional feature of the new LGF PP system is that a semi-structural component can be designed with an unpainted high quality aesthetic surface


12:00   Multi-functional transparent coatings for automotive surfaces
Hans van der Kort, Product Manager, Kriya Materials

  • How the automotive interior design will undergo a significant change in the years to come
  • The importance of global trends such as internet of things, increased connectivity, customers demand regarding infotainment, autonomous driving and carsharing
  • How these appearance, haptics and durability needs can be addressed with multi-functional coatings, plus a look at the applied test methods to quantify the multi-functionality

12:30   Vacuum coatings for plastics: current status and future perspective
Javier Barriga, Head of Unit: Physics of Surfaces and Materials , IK4-Tekniker

  • A new decorative surface coating – an introduction to PVD
  • Application opportunities in automotive components
  • Possible developments for the future 

13:00   Lunch and networking

14:00   Advances in the implementation of industrial inkjet in coatings of automotive surfaces
Phil Collins, Director - Advanced R&D, Global Inkjet Systems

  • Inkjet activity in coatings and decoration so far
  • Inkjettable automotive hard coats – what is available and what is required
  • What is needed to enable jetting of other paints and coatings
  • Coating of automotive parts – example work based on real case studies
  • Bringing inkjet technology to the automotive production line

14:30   Coating with inkjet technology. The architecture of waste reduction 
Clayton Sampson, CEO, Cyan Tec

  • How coatings are used on automotive surfaces throughout the industry
  • Traditionally coatings are sprayed or curtain coated; how this doesn't offer discrete application and wastes up to 80% of coated fluid
  • Why inkjet technology can eliminate this waste, and how it offers better coating control and discrete application
  • A look at the architecture of an inkjet coating line, what these systems look like, and how you make them work

15:00   Better than chrome. Painting in chrome optics – a decoration without chrome VI
Christoph Ernst, Sales Director, Kunststoff Helmbrechts AG

  • The challenge of finding processes without Chrome VI for many OEMs
  • The alternative solution - painting in chrome appearance
  • Opportunities, advantages, drawbacks and things to consider when painting in chrome appearance.

15:30   Refreshment break and networking


16:00   OLED lighting solutions for automotive interior
Dr. André Philipp, Flexible Organic Electronics, Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP

  • Advantages of OLED lighting technology (technological and physiological advantages, design possibilities, etc.)
  • Flexible and transparent OLED devices
  • Long segmented OLED stripes, small and large lighting OLEDs
  • Textile integration

16:30   Uniform automotive interior surface backlighting
James Gourley, CTO/Technical Director, DesignLED

  • How for the illumination of automotive interior surfaces, there is a trend to abandon individual points and lines of light in favour of large areas of beautiful and uniform, colour controllable backlighting.
  • Why backlighting technology requires thinness and flexibility, with high levels of uniformity, and in more advanced use cases, dynamic addressability.
  • The development of a lighting technology which integrates LEDs, optics and transparent light-guide layers.
  • A look at the key decision factors of cost, space, weight and efficiency

17:00   Chairman’s closing remarks

17:15   Networking drinks reception 

Programme may be subject to change.

08:30   Refreshments and networking

09:20   Chairman’s welcome back
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young

09:25    Designing emotional experiences in an autonomous area
Efrat Friedland, Founder, materialscout

  • Understanding the future users and consumers
  • Bringing values to the forefront of your brand
  • Using materials & technologies to create an emotional bond with your product


09:50   Innovative HMI solutions by functional integration of metal mesh touch sensors in plastic surfaces
Jörg Stierand, Head of Sales Management Automotive Europe/ Head of HMI, LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co.KG

  • Overview of latest trends in automotive HMI
  • Protective and decorative solutions in foil technology for HMI applications
  • Functional poly TC metal mesh films for HMI applications
  • Innovative integration methods for Poly TC metal mesh films


10:15   Seamless integration of automotive interior displays
Dr Keith Parsons, Research and Development Manager, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions 

  • Integrated touchscreen film technology is rising
  • Trends indicate dashboards with a continuous matt surface with embedded displays, often lit only on demand
  • Harmonised interiors requiring homogenous, hardwearing and aesthetically pleasing surfaces
  • Design flexibility achievable with formable automotive compatible gloss and antiglare films

10:40   The functional design-surface
Mike Böing-Messing, Managing Director, BÖ-LA

  • Update on Film-Insert-Molding (FIM)
  • Different approaches to the functional surface
  • New backlit design options – beyond ambient lighting
  • ActiveDash® BÖ-LAs functional design-surface
  • Consequences of digitalization and e-mobility on the automotive design 


11:05   Distinct haptic feedback on surface by polymer transducers
Daniel Haefliger, Chief Technology Officer, Sateco

  • Overview on passive and active feedback solutions
  • Silicone actuator technology
  • Actuator implementation
  • Use Cases: active feedback, morphing controls

11:30   Refreshment break and networking

12:00   Panel discussion

12:25   Tactile and haptic printing designs and non-conductive black inks for IMD/FIM applications
Dr. Hans-Peter Erfurt, IMD Manager, Research + Development, Proell GmbH

  • Possibilities and limitations by screen printing inks
  • Protective lacquers for display and panel decoration
  • Non-conductive IMD/FIM ink systems for interference-free capacitive electronics applications


12:50   A new method to determine emissions inside the mold
Jörg Günther, Board of Directors, Kunststoff-Institut

  • How VOC is a big issue for plastic processing and for the usage of plastic parts in the automotive interior
  • The development of a new method to detect emissions during the injection molding process
  • How the new technology provides new insights for material modification, protective tool coatings and optimal process parameters
  • In addition, optimal prerequisites can be created to successfully pass later emission tests of the part (e.g. VDA 278, VDA 270)

13:15   Lunch and networking

14:15   High pressure forming for functional automotive parts
Udo Weustenhagen, Director Sales and Marketing, Niebling

  • High pressure forming technology well known in the automotive industry for the FIM (Film Insert Molding) / IML (In-Mold Labeling) process which provides high accuracy and repeatability and integration potential.
  • Further IME (In-Mold Electronics) applications including 3D forming of films with printed conductive circuits and electronics like touch sensors, sliders or lighting functions with dead-front effects on high-gloss surfaces.
  • The landscape looking forward

14:40   Structural electronics enabling human machine interfaces of the future
Dr. Margreet M. de Kok, Department of Thin Film Technology, TNO

  • Smart surfaces by interactive electronics
  • Attractive surfaces by design, shape, light and textures 

15:05    Refreshment break and networking

15:30   Intelligent Surfaces: heater solutions
Titus Suck, Sales Director, Europe, Canatu

  • Transparent, conductive, 3D formable film: carbon-nano-bud technology
  • 3D capacitive touch sensors or heater elements for optical sensing devices
  • De-fogging or de-icing to enable autonomous driving regardless of weather conditions 

15:55   Individualisation of moulded parts by digital printing - overview of current opportunities
Dominik Malecha, Head of Surface Technology, Moulded Parts / Application Center, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

  • Available digital printing systems
  • Possibilities of automation
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Ink performance

16:20   Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference

Programme may be subject to change.