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13-14 November 2019 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Doors & Closures in Car Body Engineering 2019

10th International Benchmarking Conference

with 10 OEM reports by Audi, BMW, Byton, Groupe PSA, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel and Patac!


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Technology Briefing                                                                                                                                                                                              
(Pre-registration mandatory)                
Welcome reception and handover of conference documents

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

9.00 h Welcome and conference introduction
Sabine Scharf, Automotive Circle, DE
9.15h Keynote: Back to the future
Silvan Rath, Api - Automotive Process Institute GmbH, DE
  OEM hardware presentations: Doors &Closures Systems Award
Technical presentations of the OEM developers, followed by plenary and individual discussions directly at the hardware in question
10.30h The new standards-based door system of the 1 and the 3 series
Sebastian Rittmeier, Michael Pangerl, BMW Groupe, DE
11.30h Latest doors and closures development of Jaguar Land Rover 
Jonny Corrin, Kevin Welch, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., GB
12.30h Lunch break and New Car Show
Opportunity to inspect the full vehicles exhibited
13.30h Next generation Opel Corsa doors
Vitali Tews, Sebastian Weil, Opel Automobile GmbH, DE
  Focus: Lightweight solutions and material processing
14.30h New door concepts for future requirements based on thermoplastic composites
Michael Thienel, Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, DE
14.55h The hybrid APH door structure for mid-segment car
Zhou Jie, PATAC, CN; Jin Zhengxun, Minth GmbH, DE
15.25h Coffee and contacts & Meet the speakers
16.00h Affordable aluminum door for high volume C-segment SUVs
Dr. Axel Förderreuther, Richard Newton, Novelis, DE/US
16.25h Enhanced approach on hot forming aluminum 1-piece inner panel
Julio Peidro, Lars Sandberg, Gestamp, ES/SE
16.50h Economical aspects of the laser beam remote welding serial production: potential and approaches from the perspective of the processing tool      
Dr. Jan-Philipp Weberpals, Audi AG, DE; Timur Demirbas, Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, DE
18.00h Get-Together
19.00h Networking Night

Thursday, 14 November 2019

  OEM presentations: Doors & Closures Technical Solutions Award  
8.30h DS3 Crossback - hidden waistbelt
Christian Roy, Groupe PSA, FR; Jean Taraud, Hutchinson, FR                                                                                                   
9.00h Sliding door open/close system of the new Honda Elysion
Hiroshi Shingu, Toshihiro Kaneda, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.  Automobile Center, JP
9.30h Flush glazing doors in the mid-segment – the styling challenge in future cars
Martin Schumilas, Opel Automobile GmbH, DE
10.00h Coffee and contacts & Meet the speakers
10.30h The next generation of smart closures
Thorsten Lüdtke, Byton GmbH, DE
The OEM speakers present their innovative solutions directly at the hardware parts exhibited and are available for your individual questions.
11.30h TECHNOLOGY CLINIC: Manual Tailgate
In an exhibition of current series vehicles, all conference participants are invited to compare and evaluate the opening and the closing of the tailgate in its ergonomics, effort, dead zone and sound.
The full vehicles on display will also be available for further inspection.
12.30h Lunch break and New Car Show
Opportunity to inspect the full vehicles exhibited


Disclosure of the results of the Awards competitions and bestowal of the Awards

   Focus: Flush Glazing and Sealing
13.45h Sealing systems: Flush glazing
Emeric Francois, Achim Roeser, Cooper Standard, FR
14.10h A new flush glazing concept
Olivier Blottiau, Hutchinson, FR
14.35h Automated, extruder-driven application system for sealing materials
Dominic Rosenau, Eisenmann intec GmbH & Co. KG, DE 
  Focus: Quality assurance and testing
15.00h Flexibly automate ultrasonic fold glue joints inspection on vehicle doors
Werner Barbe, Audi Brussels, BE; Philippe Delforge, FRS Robotics, BE
15.30h OEM outlook
Representatives of the OEM Advisory Board on current trends and challenges in door and closure development and their expectations for the future.
15.45h Farewell address and end of the conference
Sabine Scharf, Automotive Circle, DE

Subject to change (status as of 11 November 2019)


Conference Chair

Sabine Scharf

Sabine Scharf

Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-327


Conference Organisation

Mareike Bäumlein

Mareike Bäumlein

Senior Event Manager
Automotive Circle
T +49 511 9910-383


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