Conference Programme

  

Day One

 

FUTURE PROJECTIONS

8:30   Registration, refreshments and networking 


9:15   Chairman's welcome and introduction
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst and Young

 

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

Participants to be announced


11:15   Refreshment break and networking 


PROCESS

11:45   Focusing the printing ink inside IMD/FIM concept
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

 

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   Lunch and networking 


14:15  Enabling Plastics - High Performance Coatings for Automotive Interior and Exterior Applications
Sarah Wittwer, Technical Account Manager, 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.

14:45   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

 

15:15   Speaker to be confirmed 


15:45   Refreshment break and networking


16:15   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)


16:45   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


17:15   Chairman's closing remarks  


Programme may be subject to change.

Day Two

 

SUSTAINABILITY

8:30   Welcome refreshments and networking


9:00   Welcome and introduction to the day 


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   A hybrid geometry population surface-synthesis approach to sustainable materials development
Jonathan Sheridan, Company Director, Design DNA

  • How life cycle and sustainability design methodologies are part of the next chapter for plastics production
  • Why this will direct us toward improvements in performance, properties and quality through contemporary and emerging additive technologies
  • A look at how additive and subtractive technology can be used to drive surface population and structural build-up; from a hybrid geometry structuring approach
  • The possibilities for the inclusion of a hybrid approach to materials development, for the automotive, aerospace and marine industries.

 

10:15   Speaker to be confirmed


10:45   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

 

11:15   Refreshment break and networking 


INNOVATION

11:45   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

 

12:15   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


12:45   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

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

 
14:45   Integrated injection molded structural electronics for mass production
Speaker to be confirmed


15:15   Refreshment break and networking


15:45   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

 

16:15   Innovation panel discussion: a look at the changing market in decorative and functional surfaces. How can the industry rise to the challenge?


16:45   Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


Programme may be subject to change.

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