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Conference programme

The conference programme is available to view on the conference website where you can also register as a delegate. There are only a few places remaining so book your seat as soon as possible.

Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry

Jaguar Experience Centre, Birmingham, UK - 5-6 February 2020

Speakers from companies engaged for the conference include:

  • Amy Frascella, Design Director Colour and Materials Jaguar Land Rover (keynote)
  • Alice Swallow, Innovation, Ford Motor Company 
  • Mark Dohmen, Head of Competence Center, Archroma
  • Friedrich Suchomel, Product Development, Lenzing AG
  • Ross Ward, New Business Development Manager, NIRI  
  • Thomas Schmidt, Director of Innovation and RSL, Huafeng
  • Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive Partner, Schlegel & Partner
  • Kathy Beresford, Group R&D Manager, Autins Group plc 
  • Raquel Ledo Banobre, Head of Materials Innovation Area, CTAG Automotive Technology Centre Galicia                     
  • Deborah Maxwell, Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Laura Kunze, Project Manager Colour & Trim Development, imat-uve gmbh
  • Paul Stollberger, Member of the Board, Kobleder GmbH with Thomas Rademacher, Trevira GmbH
  • Christian Fischer, CEO & Co-Founder, Bcomp Ltd
  • Patrick Cronin, Technical Director, Mica NanoTech Ltd 
  • Richard Ebner, Borealis Polyolefine GmbH
  • Miguel Ribeiro, R&D Manager, Smart Materials,  CeNTI - Centre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
  • Alberto Lora Lamia, Business Director Automotive Division, Sinterama spa
  • John-Marc Senecot, Global Head of R&D, Porcher Industries
  • Virginia Garcia, Manager Functional Textiles, Eurecat
  • Adrian Wilson, Industry expert and editor                   

This conference will explore how the changes in the automotive industry will offer opportunities for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites, and how these materials will contribute to the next generation of vehicles.

Join key players in the industry, from OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to raw material manufacturers, and suppliers of technical textiles, nonwovens, composite fibres and machinery. Presentations will examine in detail how trends are already reshaping the automotive industry, and its supply chain, and will continue to do so in the next decade and beyond.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Textiles for a unique passenger experience
  • Innovations in lightweight, sustainable and robust textiles
  • New textiles sources for sound insulation to adapt to changes in vehicle design resulting in new NVH (noise, vibration harshness) environments
  • Smart textiles - for monitoring physiological signs of passengers, and providing information and entertainment during the journey, to innovations in user experience
  • The use of natural fibres and plant-based polymers for enhanced sustainability
  • Materials that make vehicles lighter, smarter, cleaner and more comfortable
  • Composites for lightweight and bespoke components
  • Graphene-enhanced materials for automotive applications
  • Changes in supply chain and manufacturing planning that are needed to bring innovations to market
  • Limiting factors and future trends in automotive textiles

For further details and to book your place, visit www.technical-textiles.online/TOAI.

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