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04-05 March 2020 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Strategies in Car Body Engineering 2020

Incl. car body presentations and a focus session on electric car


Wednesday, 4 March 2020

8.30 h     Welcome and introduction
Dr. Sibylle Freitag, Automotive Circle, DE
Future Trends and disruptive factors
8.45 h     Live polls  
9.00 h     Future trends and disruptive factors in the automotive industry
Prof. Michael Rupp, TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, DE
10.15h     Coffee and contacts / Meet the speakers  
10.45h     Future car body concepts of autonomous people- and cargomovers
Dr. Marco Münster, DLR - Institute of Vehicle Concepts, DE
OEM electrification strategies
11.30h      From ICE to PHEV: EMP2 platform and upper-body adaptation
Matthieu Barbier, Groupe PSA, FR
12.00h     Lunch break  
13.15h     The new Porsche Taycan
Marco Schmerbeck, Sebastian Stein, Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG,DE 
Supplier solutions for electric vehicles
14.15h     Live polls  
14.30h     How a lightweight microtrubine range extender can enable a more competitive car body egineering strategy
Dr. Ulrich Matuschek, Matuschek Meßtechnik GmbH, DE; Mike Shergold, Hansher Consulting Ltd., GB
15.00h     New material concepts for electric vehicles
Andreas Breidenbach, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, DE
15.30h     Coffee and contacts/Meet the speakers  
16.00h     Tailored innovations for BEV platform design challenges
Jessé Paegle, ArcelorMittal, FR
16.30h     Structural components for high voltage batteries in EV
Stefan Mücke, Scansonic MI GmbH, DE
Lightweight rating system
17.00h     Lightweight rating for vehicle body structures
Prof. Thilo Roeth, Sebastian Esser, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, DE
17.30h     End of the first conference day  
17.30h     Get together  
19.00h     Networking Night  

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Bodyshop 4.0
8.00 h     New bonding solutions for new lightweight concepts
Michael Gutgsell, Sika Technologie, CH
8.30 h     UHSS development
Kobashi Masanobu, Kawano Takeshi, Mazda Motor Corporation, JP
9.00 h     Live polls  
9.15 h     Smart body shop - potentials of data-driven car body engineering and production
Dr. Georg Bergweiler, Falko Fiedler, RWTH Aachen University, DE
9.45 h     Innovative soltuions to increase variance in Body-in-White production systems
Martin Cüppers, Ingenics AG, DE
10.15h     Coffee and contacts/ Meet the speakers  
10.45h     A sensor based robot guideance system for body production
André Hack, Sick AG, DE;
Digital process integration
11.15h     Live polls  
11.30h     Digital integration of the stamping and BiW process chains
Dr. Jochen Hambrecht, AutoForm Engineering Deutschland GmbH, DE
12.00h     Digital Developement Decoded
Dr. Rodrigo Biurrun, Porsche Consulting GmbH, DE
12.30h     Lunch break  
Material innovations
13.30h     Live polls  
13.45h     Roll forming of high strenght aluminum alloys for structural automotive applications 
Dr. Axel Förderreuther, Novelis Deutschland GmbH, DE
Innovative joining solutions for mixed materials
14.15h     Laser welding technologies for complex tailored blanks
Mario Padovani, Baosteel Tailored Blanks, IT
14.45h     Farewell
Dr. Sibylle Freitag, Automotive Circle, DE
15.00h     End of conference  

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Automotive Circle
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