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3. - 4. Nov 2021 | Bad Nauheim, Germany

Car Body Painting

38th Workshop

Car Body Painting

Car Body Painting between environmental protection and customer requirements

The European Union's climate targets for the up-coming decades are ambitious. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Ultimately, the EU is to be completely climate-neutral by 2050. In addition to stricter emissions regulations, growing environmental awareness in society is also demonstrating the importance of sustainability in the automotive industry. Added to this is consumers' rising interest in environmentally friendly vehicles. Consequently, automotive manufacturers and suppliers must reassess the sustainability of their products and value chains. The biggest challenge they face in doing so: Complying with legal requirements while ensuring cost-efficient production and meeting consumer demands. These are reflected, for example, in the continuing strong interest in two-tone vehicles. All these aspects, together with the ever-increasing digitization of processes, are of course also affecting car body painting.

How can we best prepare ourselves for the coming changes?
What concepts are available for sustainable paint shops?
What progress is being made in automating automotive painting?

These and other questions will be discussed by experts from renowned OEMs and suppliers during Car Body Painting 2021 in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

We are looking forward to your participation and to meeting you in Bad Nauheim!

Limited Seats

safe together - our hygienic concept

Be assured: We have answers to your Corona questions!

Conferences thrive on common ground, on discussions and encounters. This also applies in times of pandemics and for Automotive Circle. We will make sure that all this takes place with the usual intensity and emotionality by creating safe, contemporary conditions. Thus, Automotive Circle conferences remain an experience for everyone!

We are your host and service provider and we take this responsibility very seriously. We are actively available to answer all your questions about your participation. We want you to feel comfortable, from the moment you decide to take part in conference until long after your departure. We will organise a professional and practical framework so that you can relax and enjoy your participation. We always do this, but this time of course with even more emphasis in view of the pandemic situation.

We have developed a comprehensive, reliable and practicable concept. Our bundle of measures takes the official requirements as a starting point and implements them intelligently.

Simultaneously we support ALL parties effectively that are involved in each conference – visitors and exhibitors, set-up teams, service providers and partners. We do not leave you alone with Covid-19 but offer an allround service. Together we will plan for a modern, successful and safe conference.

What we do for you as a participant:

  • We implement Covid-19 requirements effectively, intelligently and practically. Your conference experience takes centre-stage.
  • We are making more space available – for conversations, encounters and movement.
  • Highest hygiene-standards: It goes without saying that we provide comprehensive security everywhere on the conference area, for everyone – visitors, exhibitors, service-teams. All of them. Always. Everywhere.

As the conditions adapt very quickly to the current pandemic situation, we will inform you about the current regulations approximately 1-2 weeks before the conference in detail.

Documents needed for admission
Admission will be checked at the reception of the conference hotel with the following documents:

  • ID Card
  • Documented proof of fulfilling one of the two requirements (2G):
    \\ Proof of vaccination or
    Fully vaccinated is only considered from the 15th day after the second mRNA vaccination and proof is a vaccination certificate.
    \\ Recovery proof
    A person is considered to have recovered between at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months after infection, which can be proven by means of an isolation / segregation order from the public health department.

As the conditions adapt very quickly to the current pandemic situation, we will inform you about the current regulations approximately 1-2 weeks before the conference. In any case, we will organise access for our participants, speakers, board members and partners as safely, conveniently and easily as possible.


Social distancing
Important: Please observe a social distancing of 1.5 m between people in all areas. We will ensure that your participation in the conference is safe - from the individual planning of the entrance situation and the enlargement of areas to optimised entrance and exit management for the conference area. For example, we have adjusted the seating accordingly. Floor markings, and notices also serve as reminders to observe social distancing guidelines.


Face coverings
In general, all people are required to wear masks (FFP2 or surgical mask) in the interior spaces of the venue. Once seated in the conference room or during lunch breaks, the mask may be removed. In outdoor areas, it is mandatory to wear masks whenever minimum social distancing measures cannot be maintained. Please always carry a mask with you. If you forget or lose your mask, a supply of masks is available at the registration counter.

Please note that the regulations regarding the obligation to wear masks are continuously adapted to the current legal requirements. Therefore, please inform yourself about the current regulations promptly before the start of the event. We will continuously check whether and to what extent it is necessary to wear a face covering.


Hand washing

We strongly recommend frequent and thorough hand washing. Hand washing and disinfection facilities designed with social distancing in mind are available for you.


Sneezing and coughing
We kindly ask you to follow the usual etiquette regarding sneezing and coughing.


Disinfection and cleaning
For your safety, we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g. tables, handrails, door handles) as well as our sanitary facilities at more frequent intervals. You will find hand washing and disinfection facilities designed with social distancing in mind at all important places at the conference area.


Make your visit only if you are in good health. If you have been in contact with anyone infected with SARS-CoV-2 within the past 14 days or if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection or have an elevated temperature, this will unfortunately preclude you from attending the conference. If you feel unwell during the conference, please contact us or your hotel reception immediately by phone or email. We will then be happy to help you.


Together with the conference venue, we have drawn up a comprehensive concept of catering during the conference that at least meets the legal requirements of the current situation.

Status as of November 18, 2021

Application to participate

Application procedure of the conference Car Body Painting

Due to the pandemic the number of participants is limited. After receiving your application we will inform you within 2 weeks (latest) if your application will be accepted or not. Upon receipt of the official confirmation of participation and invoice by email, the participation is guaranteed. Without this confirmation, there is no claim to participate in the conference. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at any time.

conference program

Conference Program

PDF | 1.2 MB


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

8.55 h   Welcome and conference introduction   Andrea Huber, Automotive Circle, DE
9.00 h

ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance topics that ensure your right to exist in the future, not just from a regulatory perspective but also economically

Dr. Sebastian Jursch, PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH, DE

Sustainability & Environmental Protection

9.30 h

The way to sustainable paint drying in Porsche e-vehicles

Michael Schwob, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE

10.00 h

New Generation of clear coat with focus on material saving and environmental impact

Tanja Kallenbach, Volkswagen AG, DE;
Dirk von der Au,
Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG, DE

10.30 h

VOC roadmap in solvent paintshop

Didier Corre Stellantis, FR;
Dominique Bonnet, Stellantis, FR
11.00 h
Coffee & Contacts

11.30 h

Pardis Project: from a long tradition of sustainability to a CO2-free paintshop

Luigi Lazzari and Nicolò Mariotti GeicoTaikisha, IT

12.00 h

CO2 reduction: Innovations on Oven Heat Recovery system

Anant M. Khond, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., IN

12.30 h

Sonar and Suction Atomizers a novel approach to enhance top coating

Prof. Dr. Alireza Eslamian, ESS GmbH, AT

13.00 h

14.15 h

Flexible and sustainable through the paint shop

Dr. Axel Eipper, Eisenmann Engineering GmbH, DE

14.45 h

Paint shop of the future: Away from the line, towards the box

Jens Oliver Reiner, Dürr Systems AG, DE

15.15 h

Influence of the E-mobility on the Development of novel E-Coat Technology

Peter Thomalla, Volkswagen Group, DE;
Audrée Andersen, BASF Coatings GmbH, DE

15.45 h
Coffee & Contacts

Digitalization & Automatization

16.15 h

Coatings Simulation as Product Development Tool – Digital Solutions for Efficient Processes

Hendré Swart, BASF Coatings GmbH, DE

16.45 h

Virtual calculation of coating thicknesses for conventional applications and update on latest developments in OFLA

Dr. Lars Friedrich, Dürr Systems AG, DE

17.15 h

Paint color of the future: Audi Neckarsulm sets course for Industry 5.0 with integrated HMI

Joerg Wehrbach and Michael Bühl, Audi AG, DE;
Dominik Weggler, Gefasoft GmbH, DE

17.45 h

End of first conference day


Thursday, November 4, 2021

8.30 h

Paint line for low rate luxury brands

Constanzo Marchitti, Stellantis, IT;
Riccardo Nutini, Stellantis, IT

Shared Solutions Area: 2-Tone-Painting

9.00 h

Solutions to 2-tone Car Production: Sustainable Design Masking Solution

Marco Balbo-Block, Tesa SE, DE 
9.30 h Shared Solutions Area
Various car body parts from OEM will be presented and discussed in connection with the topic “2-Tone-Painting”.

Audi e-tron Sportbacks (test car)
Daimler Maybach
Ford Puma dual tone c-pillar
Toyota Yaris 2tone vehicle
Volkswagen test panels
Volvo XC40 R-Design test panels

10.45 h
Coffee & Contacts

Quality-Management & Surface Inspection

11.15 h


Design of optical sensors for quality IIOT projects in coating applications

Georg Nelke, OptiSense Gesellschaft für Optische Prozessmesstechnik mbH & Co. KG, DE

11.45 h

New sensor car body and surface inspection

Thomas Kitzlinger, Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik GmbH & Co KG, DE

12.15 h

Digitizing the process not the finished product

Dr. Meiko Hecker, AOM-Systems GmbH, DE

12.45 h

Raising the quality standard for all painted parts with automated inspection


13.15 h

New OEM-Projects

14.30 h

AI in painting

Christophe Guesdon, Stellantis, FR;
Roberta Pecoraro, Stellantis, IT

15.00 h

Brushingrobot Paintshop Sindelfingen

Charly Hirth, Daimler AG, DE

15.30 h

Towards the use of 100% digital in sealing and Painting trajectories

Magnus Nordstroem, Stellantis, DE;
Fabrice Hermetz, Stellantis, FR

16.00 h

Surface Verification System – Defect detection and classification over EC layer

Guillermo Carcer Martinez, Ford Valencia Paint Shop, ES;
Vicente Enrique López, AUTIS, ES

16.30 h

Farewell and end of the conference

Andrea Huber, Automotive Circle, DE

Subject to change (status of October 13, 2021)

The conference addresses

  • Paint shop managers, planners and employees of OEM
  • Suppliers and service providers
  • Experts from institutes

All responsible for projects regarding Car Body Painting in the areas of pre-development, development, planning and production.

International OEM committee

The Automotive Circle and OEM Advisory Board of the conference consist of the following experts:
Sven Veit

Sven Veit

Audi AG

Dr. Silvia Lomolino

BMW Group

Benjamin Boll Ford

Benjamin Boll

Ford-Werke GmbH

Dave Green Jaguar

Dave Green

Jaguar Land Rover Group Ltd.


Dr. Bernadette Peters

Mercedes-Benz AG

Paffe Dirk Porsche

Dirk Paffe

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG


Karine Humbert

Renault S.A.S


Silvio Licitra



Daniel Pasch

Stellantis Germany


Christophe Gruat

Stellantis France

Akira Nishimura

Toyota Motor Europe

Martin Söldner

Volkswagen AG

Dahlen Malin

Malin Dahlén

Volvo Car Corporation

Participating Companies

  • ABB Automation GmbH, DE
  • AE Industry GmbH, DE
  • AOM Systems GmbH, DE
  • Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH, DE
  • Audi AG, DE
  • Audi Hungaria Zrt., HU
  • Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co.KG, DE
  • BASF Coatings GmbH, DE
  • BMW Group, DE
  • BYK-Chemie GmbH, DE
  • Chemetall GmbH, DE
  • Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH, DE
  • Daimler AG, DE
  • Donglai Coating Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., CN
  • Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE
  • Dürr Systems AG, DE
  • Eisenmann Engineering GmbH, DE
  • ESS GmbH, AT
  • Fanuc Europe GmbH, DE
  • Fluid-Bag Ltd., FI
  • Ford-Werke GmbH, DE
  • Ford Valencia Paint Shop, ES
  • Gefasoft GmbH, DE
  • Geico S.p.A in Alliance with Taikisha Ltd., IT
  • GeicoTaikisha GmbH, DE
  • ICARUS Consulting GmbH, DE
  • INperfektion GmbH, DE
  • Isra Vision AG, DE
  • Jaguar Land Rover, GB
  • Kobelco Europe GmbH, DE
  • Konica Minolta, DE
  • Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG, AT
  • Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., IN
  • Mercedes-Benz AG, DE
  • Merck KGaA, DE
  • Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Mirka Ltd, FI
  • OptiSense Gesellschaft für Optische Prozessmesstechnik mbH & Co.KG, DE
  • Orontec GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Pfinder KG, DE
  • Porsche Leipzig GmbH, DE
  • Prefere Melamines GmbH, DE
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH, DE
  • Reliabotics, US
  • Renault S.A.S., FR
  • Schütz GmbH & Co KGaA, DE
  • Schrader Fluid Technology GmbH, DE
  • Stellantis, World Wide
  • Tesa SE, DE
  • Toyota Motor Europe, BE
  • Valspar bv a Sherwin-Williams Company, NL
  • Volkswagen AG, DE
  • Volvo Car Corporation, SE

exhibitors & sponsors on site

AOM-Systems GmbH

Your contact:

Meiko Hecker

General Manager


coatmaster AG

Your contact:

Prof. Dr. Nils A. Reinke




Your contact:

Philipp Sigel

Key Account Manager



Your contact:

Silvia Rho

Communication & CSR Assistant


Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V.

Your contact:

Mario Lauer

Key Account Manager

Orontec GmbH & Co. KG

Your contact:

Ralph Jan Wörheide

General Manager


Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA

Your contact:

Dr. Dieter Buhl

Technical Customer Service


Become a Sponsor or exhibitor

Take advantage of the high coverage of the Automotive Circle and profit from the exhibition and sponsoring options before and during the event. Show your competence and services, matching the conference subjects, to the numerous car body engineers of international OEM. Thus, you are strengthening your brand awareness in the automotive industry!

Come on board as an exhibitor or sponsor and benefit from this excellent platform to strongly promote your company’s capabilities as a reliable supplier!

Check out the various exhibition and sponsoring options!

Your Contact:

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

Exhibition flyer incl. booking form

PDF | 602.3 KB


Exhibition floor plan

PDF | 167.5 KB


Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

PDF | 129.1 KB


hotel & Arrival

Hotel DOLCE Bad Nauheim

Elvis-Presley-Platz 1 61231 Bad Nauheim Germany


Please take note of the hygienic concept of the conference hotel:

Travel information

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, please check your countries current requirements at the following website well in advance of your arrival:


GPS-Information: Please insert „Terrassenstrasse“, instead of „Elvis-Presley-Platz”.

From north:

On A5 Motorway Kassel/Frankfurt take exit Bad Nauheim. Turn right, direction Bad Nauheim, until exit Steinfurth/ Eisstadion. Take this exit and turn right at traffic light downhill. Next traffic light turn left and drive until Bahnhofsallee (2nd traffic light). Turn right into Ludwig-/ Parkstrasse and drive approx. 1 km. Turn right at 3rd cross walk into Terrassenstrasse. The DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim will appear after 400 m.

From south:

Take exit Ober-Mörlen on A5 Motorway Frankfurt/Kassel.Turn left and then after approx. 500 m turn right at the next traffic light (Bahnhofsallee). On Bahnhofsallee turn right and follow Ludwig-/Parkstrasse. Please follow the street for 1 km and turn right at the 3rd crosswalk (Terrassenstrasse). The DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim is located 400 meters in front of you.



From Frankfurt International Airport to Bad Nauheim by train:

Take a DB- or S-train to the main station of Frankfurt/Main. Change to a RB- or RE-train connection to Bad Nauheim (travel time approx. 20min). From the station you can either walk through the park (approx. 15min) or you can take a taxi to the hotel (approx. 5 min; 6 EUR).

From Frankfurt International Airport to Friedberg/ Hess. by train (quickest connection):

From the airport take the S- or DB-train connection to the main station of Frankfurt/ Main. Change to a DB-train to Friedberg/ Hess. From Friedberg/ Hess. take a taxi to the DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim (approx. 15min; 12-14 EUR).

From Frankfurt International Airport to Bad Nauheim by car or taxi:

It is a 45-60 min drive from the airport to the DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim. The price is approx. 80 EUR. There is a special shuttle service for guests staying at the DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim. Please contact Taxi Daschke at phone +49 6032 340522, mobile: +49 171 2864259 or e-mail to: The fare will be approx. 65-70 EUR.



To Bad Nauheim:

Go to Bad Nauheim by a DB-train. From the train station you can either walk to the DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim through the park (approx. 15min) or you can take a taxi (approx. 5min, costs approx. 6 EUR).

To Friedberg/ Hess. (quickest train connection):

Take a DB-train to Friedberg/Hess. From Friedberg/ Hess. take a taxi to the DOLCE Hotel Bad Nauheim (approx. 15min, costs 12 EUR).

Prices, Terms & Conditions


Vincentz Network GmbH & Co. KG
Plathnerstrasse 4c
30175 Hannover, Germany    

T +49 511 9910-375
F +49 511 9910-379


Date & Venue

Conference: November 3-4, 2021

DOLCE Bad Nauheim
Elvis-Presley-Platz 1
DE-61231 Bad Nauheim

T +49 6032 303-0
F +49 6032 303-529

Accommodation is available at the conference hotel.

We kindly ask you to make your own hotel reservation at the conference hotel. Rooms are available from € 145,- to € 165,-, depending on the room category. All rooms include breakfast for a price of € 5,- per person and day. Please refer to: "Automotive Circle".

The following cancellation conditions apply for all categories:

All reservations can be cancelled free of charge up to 4 weeks before arrival. Up to 2 weeks before arrival 50% of the room rate will be due. From 2 weeks before arrival 90 % will be charged.

Participation Fee



1.695 €*

for registrations received by August 27, 2021


1.895 €*

for registrations received by October 3, 2021


1.995 €*

for registrations received after October 3, 2021

Students will get 50 % discount on standard prices on presentation of a valid student ID.

* All prices plus 19 % German VAT. All conferences in Europe are subject to VAT. To reclaim, please contact your local tax office.

Participation fee includes

Conference: Fees including full conference participation, incl. conference materials and list of delegates, the authority for downloading the presentation on the internet, luncheons, catering and the participation in the evening networking event.

Application procedure of the conference

Due to the pandemic the number of participants is limited. After receiving your application we will inform you within a week if your application will be accepted or not. Upon receipt of the official confirmation of participation and invoice by email, the participation is guaranteed. Without this confirmation, there is no claim to participate in the conference.

Conference Language

The conference is held exclusively in English. All documents are predominately composed in the English language.

Hygienic Concept

Please also note our Hygienic Concept.


Fees will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received by October 3, 2021. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than October 20, 2021. Delegates who fail to attend without notifying the organizer will be liable for the whole conference fees. Substitutions of delegates may be made at any time.

Cancellations and changes must be made in writing and will be confirmed by the organizer. Cancellations due to health reasons can be cancelled free of charge at any time with a medical certificate. If a participant is demonstrably unable to attend due to travel restrictions, he/she has the option of converting the attendance participation into a digital participation (if this is offered). Any cost differences will be reimbursed).

The participant undertakes to follow the instructions of the organizer and the venue. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from the event.

The organizer reserves the right to change the program or to cancel the event in the event of special circumstances (important reason). In particular, the organizer is entitled to take such measures in cases of force majeure, due to official orders, in the event of a situation endangering the life, body or health of the participants. In these cases, the organizer shall not be obliged to pay damages and/or reimbursement of expenses to the participants. This applies in particular to any cancellation fees incurred by third parties (e.g. hotel bookings, train or flight tickets).

Data Protection

As participant of an event, you agree that data such as company, address (zip code, city, country), first name, name and job function of the attendee will be published on the list of participants. The list of participants is available to all participants of the event in printed. The list of participants could also be used by sponsors and exhibitors for advertising purposes. Objection against publication and circulation of your data may be made at any time until 3 weeks prior to the event and has to be made in writing to the organizer. The address data are processed for customer service and information purposes in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Company’s name, city and country might be published on the Internet as reference for upcoming Automotive Circle-conferences. Personal data will be forwarded to the local health authority on request.

Pictures, Videos & Recordings

By registering you understand that your participation and attendance at the event may be videotaped, filmed and/or audio recorded. You agree that the recording may be used for any lawful purposes that Vincentz Network, or its designees, in their sole discretion, may determine.

Picture credits

pixelpoems/; Hotel Dolce Bad Nauheim; Vincentz Network

Your Contacts

Maike Jerutz

T +49 511 9910-375

Senior Event Manager

Application procedure of the conference Car Body Painting

Due to the pandemic the number of participants is limited. After receiving your application we will inform you within 2 weeks (latest) if your application will be accepted or not. Upon receipt of the official confirmation of participation and invoice by email, the participation is guaranteed. Without this confirmation, there is no claim to participate in the conference. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at any time.

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