Conference Programme


Day One



8:30   Registration, refreshments and networking 

9:15   Welcome
Karen Laird, Editor, Plastics News Europe

9:20   Chairman's welcome and introduction
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young


9:30   How can connectivity and comfort lead to new branding for automotive suppliers?
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young

  • How car interior and automotive surfaces will change significantly through autonomous driving and digitalization
  • The new customer experience and how it will lead to new brand perception
  • Projections for the future


10:00   Tomorrow's car interior materials for future design
Alexandre Rossier, Automotive Project Leader, KISKA

  • Understand how new materials increase the perception of space in future architecture
  • Explore integration of HMI and infotainment technologies with new materials
  • See how new materials reduce the complexity of interior design

10:30   Panel discussion: potential changes to the vehicle interior (surface materials, perceived quality, functionality of surfaces) in the context of autonomous driving
Chaired by: Dr. Michael Haverkamp, Specialist Cross-Sensory Harmonization, Ford Motor Company

Alexandre Rossier, Automotive Project Leader, KISKA

Dr. Hans-Peter Erfurt, Manager IMD/FIM Technology, Research & Development, Pröll KG

Christoph Ernst, Sales Director, Kunststoff Helmbrechts AG

Paul Vickers, Senior Project Engineer, EU Technology Department – Materials, Automotive Engineering Division, Honda R&D Europe

11:15   Refreshment break and networking 


11:45   Focusing the printing ink inside IMD/FIM concept
Dr. Hans-Peter Erfurt, Manager IMD/FIM Technology, Research & Development, Pröll KG

  • Market and process chain in IMD/FIM: great potential and chances but also challenges
  • Screen printing ink as functional and design element but also indicator for vulnerability
  • Special new non-conductive black IMD/FIM screen printing inks – pending patent

Dr.-Ing. Klaus Seifert, Senior Expert – Functional 3D Surfaces, Continental Automotive GmbH

  • Non-conductive black IMD/FIM inks – availability & patent situation


12:15   Metallization of plastic and composites by an innovative atmospheric plasma technology
Dr. Kira Rosanova, Plasma and Surface Technology – PLATO, Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM

  • A new environment friendly plasma technology for deposition of metallic layers on polymer and composite surfaces at atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature
  • Replacing the chemical bath process at the stage of the polymer surface preparation by an ecologically neutral dry atmospheric pressure plasma process
  • How the newly developed technology is also applicable to the thermosensitive materials


12:45   How can automotive interiors be individualized with visible natural fibers?
Dr. Nils Becker, Senior Process Engineer, Advanced Product Development & Sales, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

  • Advantages and heritage of natural fiber
  • Sustainable light weight solutions in combination with decorative surfaces
  • New looks and haptics for automotive interiors with Visible Natural Fibres

13:15   See-thorough projection screen film for automotive window shields and displays
Shintaro Ozaki, New Development, Rikentechnos

  • Introduction to see-through projection screen film for automotive applications
  • Providing transparency with good view and a clear projected image on it at the same time
  • A look to possible future applications

13:35   Lunch and networking - sponsored by Rikentechnos

14:30   Enabling Plastics - High Performance Coatings for Automotive Interior and Exterior Applications
Sarah Wittwer, Technical Account Manager Hardcoats, Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

  • How plastic parts are widely used in automotive interior and exterior applications due to freedom-of-design or lightweight
  • The use of coatings to fulfill certain performance criteria: high scratch and abrasion resistance, protection against chemical attack, long-term weatherability and excellent optical appearance
  • Thermal and UV curing hardcoat technology for automotive interior and exterior applications to meet automotive performance requirements
  • Different coating application technologies and corresponding processes to achieve the highest level of coating performance for various part geometries.

15:00   Non-Scored TPO foils for INSTRUMENT PANEL application
Elizabete Pinho, R&D Manager, TMG Automotive 

Pravin Sitaram, Materials Research Manager, Haartz Corporation 

  • TMG Automotive and Haartz Corporation - New TPO foils used for interior Automotive Instrument panels – an introduction
  • How these materials allow an improved aesthetic since it is not necessary to pre-score the foils
  • How this innovation also allows a cost reduction by eliminating the foil laser-scoring process.

15:30   Smart Plastic Surfaces: Hybrid Printed Electronics and Haptic Feedback
Dr. Konrad Kiefer, Project Engineer (Surface Technology and Molded Parts), Kunststoff-Institut

  • Integration of Functionality by Film Insert Molding (FIM)
  • Actuation of Human Media Interfaces (HMIs)
  • Limitations of Process, Material and Design

16:00   Refreshment break and networking

16:30  How sensing and actuation technology is enabling smarter smart surfaces 
Peter Kurstjens, CEO, Aito

  • Why a high quality user experience is key for success of smart surfaces
  • What makes the experience high quality?
  • What are the typical challenges?
  • Overview of sensing and actuation technologies in the market
  • How Aito’s HapticTouch technology is changing the game
  • Examples of implementations and outlook

17:00   Omniphobic automotive surfaces
Dr. Eva García Lecina, Director, CIDETEC

  • Surfaces that repel water, oil, grease
  • A broad field of applications for the automotives (eg. anti-finger print surfaces)

17:30   Putting ‘smart’ into surfaces: Next-gen solutions for automotive applications
Dr. Ashok SridharSenior Business Developer, Flexible & Freeform Products, TNO

  • TNO/Holst Centre and the field of Printed, Flexible and 3D Structural Electronics
  • The development of additive technologies at TNO/Holst Centre that will help realize next-gen automotive surfaces with integrated electronics
  • Focus on In-Mold Electronics, a key enabler for next-gen dashboards and user interfaces in vehicles, with application examples.

18:00   Chairman's closing remarks  

18:10 - 19:10   Drinks reception  

Programme may be subject to change.

Day Two



8:30   Welcome refreshments and networking

9:00   Chairman's welcome and introduction to the day
Jörg Günther, Board of Directors, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

9:15   Developments in natural and recycled fibres and materials for Automotive Surface Applications
George Kellie, Director, Kellie Solutions

  • How the environment has become a crucial and vital issue in the strategies of automotive engineers
  • Demanding a response from industry: how Blue Planet, Sky Ocean Rescue and the Ellen Macarthur Foundation are raising vital issues and pushing the sustainability agenda
  • A look at some possible ways forward

9:45  Digital waterbased plastic in-printing technology
Hendré Vos, CEO, Blue Fox Consulting

  • Combining plastic substrates and water based digital inks and dyes
  • A new technology for encapsulation of water based digital inks and dyes for applications such as flexible, rigid substrates,In-Mould labeling, automotive applications, etc.
  • Encapsulation of water based digital inks and dyes for applications such as films, labels, plastic parts etc.
  • Usable in combination with injection molding, blowmolding, co-extrusion, etc


10:15   Industrial inkjet technology to improve quality, process control and dramatically reduce waste in automotive trim hard-coat application
Clayton Sampson, Managing Director, Cyan Tec Systems Ltd

  • The use of a robotic inkjet print system to print a high gloss hard-coat onto automotive exterior components
  • How the process is reducing waste and VOC emissions by 80% as well as giving better control over coating thickness 
  • How in addition no masking is required and the coating is applied only where it’s required


10:45   Refreshment break and networking 


11:15   Multisensory appearance of traditional and innovative surfaces
Dr. Michael Haverkamp, Specialist Cross-Sensory Harmonization, Ford Motor Company

  • Optimization of innovative features for passive and multifunctional surfaces
  • Multisensory design of elements for the vehicle interior
  •  Basic principles of sensory interaction and integration


11:45   Low birefringent cellulose acetate propionates for plastic display lens covers
Claus Forster, Senior Technical Service & Application Development, Eastman Chemical Company

  • Cellulose ester chemistries long known for low birefringence and other optical qualities in the displays industry are undergoing extensive testing for automotive HMI lens covers
  • How OEMs are enhancing user experience by increasing smart surfaces; desire to have the smart surfaces be harmonious with the rest of the car interior
  • There is more change occurring in car interiors in the move towards semi-autonomous to fully autonomous
  • Smart surfaces: glass vs plastics
  • Consumer viewing experience; how it is achieved with glass and/or plastics with low birefringence balanced with other key properties such as impact, heat and weathering resistance

12:15   Inks for Smart Surfaces
Fabian Gyger, Head of R&D – Functional Inks, Product Line Printed Electronic, Elantas Europe

  • Screen Printed Electronics for IME: Inks and solutions
  • Illuminate the touch: a transparent conductive Ink for IME
  • Between the ink and the process: get it right the first time

12:45   Lunch and networking 

13:45   The future of mobility needs the best materials
Dr. Hans Peter Schlegelmilch, Management Board, imat-uve GmbH

  • Digital management of material, parts and surface data to support the development of innovative design and functional concepts from the initial idea through to release for series production
  • In addition to the classical material properties, test results and sustainability validation, principles of the human-sensory MCS assessment (user experience, UX) are used as another dimension of multidimensional evaluation 
  • A look to future mobility and its requirements

14:15   Solutions for high-class interiors
Jörg Günther, Board of Directors, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

  • Coating inside the mold – a versatile technology
  • How to realize scratch resistant surfaces
  • Easy-to-clean surfaces – requirements and preview


14:45   Industrial inkjet for coating and decoration of automotive surfaces
Phil Collins, Director – Advanced R&D, Global Inkjet Systems

  • Direct-to-Shape inkjet offers a radically different approach, with benefits in quality, cost, and to the environment
  • Significant new capabilities are enabled by selective application under digital control
  • It’s here today: production systems are being delivered
  • Global Inkjet Systems delivers Direct-to-Shape inkjet technology across many industries

15:15   Refreshment break and networking

15:45   Printed electronics: next generation of interior design 
Dr. Paul Lacharmoise, Director of "Functional Printing & Embedded Devices" Technology Unit, Eurecat Technology Center

  • Sensors, optoelectronic devices and electronic components manufactured by printing and coating techniques – how they are forecasted to change dramatically the way electronics are embedded into new products in many application areas
  • How in mold electronics drives the technology even further through the embedment of printed foils in 3D plastic objects
  • These technologies are set to revolutionize the interiors of vehicles with increased surface design freedom and performance while reducing manufacturing complexity

16:05   Chair's closing remarks and end of conference

Programme may be subject to change.

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