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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. Places are limited, so register soon.

Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry

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

Speakers from companies already engaged for the conference include:

  • Alice Swallow, Innovation, Ford Motor Company 
  • Mark Dohmen, Head of Competence Center, Archroma
  • Friedrich Suchomel, Product Development, Lenzing AG
  • Matthew Tipper, Business Director, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI)  
  • Ross Ward, New Business Development Manager, NIRI  
  • Thomas Schmidt, Director of Innovation and RSL, Huafeng
  • Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive Partner, Schlegel & Partner
  • Raquel Ledo Banobre, Head of Materials Innovation Area, CTAG – Automotive Technology Centre of 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 Axel Magin, Trevira GmbH
  • Christian Fischer, CEO & Co-Founder, Bcomp Ltd
  • Patrick Cronin, Technical Director, Mica NanoTech Ltd 
  • 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


Book your place before 29 November 2019 and save €100/£80/$120.

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

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