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31. May - 1. Jun 2022 | Bad Nauheim, Germany

EALA – European Automotive Laser Applications

23rd European Expert Conference

Laser innovations highlighted


Back in presence in Bad Nauheim, EALA 2022, Automotive Circle's focus conference on all laser-based processes in automotive production, will again be dedicated to technical advances and application extensions of lasers in automotive manufacturing on May 31 and June 1, 2022.

With its network of international expert engineers, the conference once again explores the following questions:


We are looking forward to meeting you in Bad Nauheim, Germany soon!



Discover future-oriented solutions from managers and specialist engineers from leading automotive manufacturers.


Benefit from the exhibition on site, where topic-specific products and services will be displayed!


During the breaks, the speakers of the immediately preceding block will be available for your individual questions and further discussions.

Conference program

Download Program EALA 2022

PDF | 1.2 MB


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

8.40 am

Welcome and conference introduction
Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE
Dr. Jan-Philipp Weberpals, Audi AG, DE


9.00 am
Laser applications in the new BMW iX - from car body to power train
Markus Lachenmaier, BMW Group, DE

9.30 am

Laser welding of copper for e-mobility applications - Challenges and limits in serial production
Andreas Heider, Robert Bosch GmbH, DE

10.00 am

Innovative laser ablation process enables new light designs
Nicolas Kroth, Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, DE

10.30 am           

Coffee & Contacts
Meet the Speakers


11.15 am

Universal inline quality assurance for body-in-white construction using OCT
Matthias Werner, Mercedes-Benz AG, DE

11.45 am
Laser welding - The future lies in sensors: correlation, data acquisition, data storage
Dr. Jens Reiser, Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, DE

12.15 pm

In-process quality monitoring for laser brazing with an AI approach finding smallest pores and defects
Dr. Michael Ungers, Scansonic MI GmbH, DE; Michael Ölscher, Ford-Werke GmbH, DE

12.45 pm
Live polls in the auditorium

...on current questions regarding laser application in automobile production

1.00 pm
Lunch break
Meet the Speakers


2.15 pm
Combined 2D/3D inspection for superior laser weld seam analysis

Paul Gruber, Automation W+R GmbH, DE

2.45 pm
High-precision laser welding of cylindrical cell interconnection for mass production

Sebastian Moser, Precitec USA, US; William Huffman, Photon Automation, Inc., US

3.15 pm
Laser application highlights in Li-battery manufacturing

Johannes J. Buehrle, Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, DE

3.45 pm
Coffee & Contacts
Meet the Speakers


4.30 pm
Productivity increase in laser beam welding of bipolar plates

Dr. Jan-Philipp Weberpals, Audi AG, DE; Falk Nagel, Coherent/ Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, DE

5.00 pm
German Fuel Cell Cooperation - innovative manufacturing solutions for e-mobility

Dr. Rüdiger Brockmann, Zeltwanger Holding GmbH, DE; Florian Weil, Weil Technology, DE

5.30 pm
Laser welding of bipolar plates: fast and faster!

Thibault Bautze-Scherff, Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH, DE

6.00 pm
Get together
Meet the Speakers

7.00 pm
Networking Night

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


8.30 am
Laser welding of copper in e-mobility power electronics increases conductivity and decreases undesired thermal effects

Anita Riar, Christian Sbinne, Fives Laser Systems, FR


9.00 am

Innovative Solution for gas-tight welding of aluminum alloys in e-mobility applications
Mauritz Möller, Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, DE

9.30 am

Laser applications and studies in NIO

Gary Hughes, Liang Gao, NIO Inc., CN
- online presentation -

10.00 am
Coffee & Contacts
Meet the Speakers / Meet Nio online

10.45 am
Laser welding of aluminum extrusions in large-scale production - potentials, challenges and solutions using the example of the seat crossmember of the BMW iX

Reinhard Indraczek, Bergmann & Steffen GmbH, DE


11.15 am
Utilizing double core fiber technology to improve the weld quality of aluminum alloys for e-mobility and hang-on-parts

Dr. Peter Kallage, Coherent/Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, DE, Dr. Pasquale Franciosa, University of Warwick, International Manufacturing Centre, WMG, UK

11.45 am
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in combination with oscillation welding

Richard Steinbrecht, Lessmüller Lasertechnik GmbH, DE, Marius Schwarz, Mercedes-Benz AG, DE

12.15 pm
Live polls in the auditorium

...on current questions regarding laser application in automobile production

12.30 pm
Lunch Break
Meet the Speakers


1.45 pm
Understanding the effect of air flow on laser welding quality

Joshua Solomon, General Motors Company, US

2.15 pm
Potentials of vacuum laser welding for applications in electromobility: A colorful mix of materials from steel, aluminum and copper

Christian Otten, LaVa-X GmbH, DE

2.45 pm
Determination of weld joint strength by welding simulation

Dr. Tobias Loose, Dr. Loose GmbH, DE

3.15 pm

OEM conclusions
Members of the OEM Advisory Board on current trends and challenges in laser-based automotive manufacturing processes

3.30 pm

Farewell address and end of the conference program

Conference program is subject to change
Status as of: May 10, 2022

International OEM committee

The Automotive Circle and OEM Advisory Board of the conference, consisting of experts from the following brands and companies:

Dr. Jan-Philipp Weberpals

Audi AG

Dr. Florian Oefele

BMW Group

Christian Elsner

Mercedes-Benz AG

Daniele Bassan


Stefan Axmacher

Ford-Werke GmbH

Joshua Solomon

General Motors Company

Taishi Tarui

Nissan Motors Co. Ltd.

Raul Botta


Christian Brémont

Renault SAS

Thorge Hammer

Volkswagen AG

Niclas Palmquist

Volvo Cars

Participating companies

  • ArcelorMittal, FR
  • Alexander Binzel Schweisstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Audi AG, DE
  • Automation W+R GmbH, DE
  • Bergmann & Steffen GmbH, DE
  • Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH, DE
  • BMW Group, DE
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A., IT
  • Coherent/Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, DE
  • Civan Lasers, IL
  • Coherent Shared Services B.V., DE
  • Dr. Loose GmbH, DE
  • Fives Machining, FR
  • Ford-Werke GmbH, DE
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • General Motors Company, US
  • Gestamp Solblank Barcelona, ES
  • Intech, JP
  • Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, DE
  • Laserline GmbH, DE
  • LaVa-X GmbH, DE
  • Lessmüller Lasertechnik GmbH, DE
  • Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG, AT
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG, DE
  • MKS Instruments - Ophir Brand, DE
  • Neuman Aluminium Strangpresswerk GmbH, AT
  • NIO Ltd., UK
  • Nissan Motors Co. Ltd., JP
  • nLIGHT GmbH, AT
  • Optoprim S.rl.l., IT
  • Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH, DE
  • Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Precitec USA, US
  • Primes GmbH, DE
  • Raylase GmbH, DE
  • Renault SAS, FR
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, DE
  • Scansonic MI GmbH, DE
  • SmartRay GmbH, DE
  • Stellantis, DE
  • Stellantis, IT
  • Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, DE
  • University of Warwick, International Manufacturing Centre, WMG, UK
  • voestalpine AG, NL
  • Volkswagen AG, DE
  • ZELTWANGER Holding GmbH, DE

Status as of: April 13, 2022

Exhibitors on site + SPONSORS

Automation W+R GmbH

Your contact:

Paul Gruber

Head of Sales

Bergmann & Steffen GmbH

Your contact:

Peter Wulf

Leitung Vertrieb

Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH

Your contact:

Thibault Bautze-Scherff

Leitung Vertrieb

Civan Advanced Technologies

Your contact:

Christian Dini

General Manager Civan Europe


Your contact:

Reinhard Ferstl

Sales Manager, e-Mobility

DINSE G.m.b.H.

Your contact:

Jean-Marie Sandrock

Product Manager

Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT

IPG Laser GmbH

Your contact:

Michael Stark

JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH

Your contact:

Denise Kirsten

Marketing & Kommunikation

Laserline GmbH

Your contact:

Markus Rütering

Sales Director

MKS Instruments - Ophir Brand

Your contact:

Nicolas Meunier

Business Development Manager High Power & Automotive

Panasonic Connect Europe GmbH

Your contact:

Peer Schumacher

Panasonic Welding Systems/ Department Head


Precitec GmbH & Co. KG

Your contact:

Jens Reiser

Sales & Innovation E-Mobility


Your contact:

Christof Blumenstein

Team Leader Sales

Scansonic MI GmbH

Your contact:

Pravin Sievi

Product Owner

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH

Your contact:

Marc Kirchhoff



Become a Sponsor or exhibitor

Exhibition floor plan - EALA 2022

PDF | 171.7 KB


Exhibition flyer incl. booking form

PDF | 400.4 KB


Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

PDF | 129.1 KB


Take advantage of the high coverage of the Automotive Circle and profit from the exhibitions and sponsoring options before and during the events. 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 sponsoring options (more information soon)!

Imke Rotermund

Sales Manager

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).

safe together - our hygienic concept


Be assured: We have answers to your Corona questions!

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.

As of April 2, 2022 most Covid-19 restrictions on everyday life and for hosting conferences have been lifted. The new nationwide legal framework provides only a few general protective measures. In almost all federal states including Hessen, masks are now mandatory only in doctors’ surgeries, nursing homes, hospitals, buses and trains. The current regulations in Germany and specifically in the state of Hessen do not include any access restrictions. In order to participate in our conferences you currently do not need to show any evidence in form of Covid-19 vaccination, negative tests or similar. In case of changes we will of course inform you in time.

We kindly ask you to make your visit only if you are in good health. 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.

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.


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.

Status as of April 6, 2022

Prices, Terms & Conditions


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

T. +49 511 9910 - 384
F +49 511 9910 - 379

Date & Venue

Conference: May 31- June 1, 2022

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

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

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

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 € 147,- to € 167,-, 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



1.795 €

for registrations received by November 7, 2021


1.995 €

for registrations received by April 30, 2022


2.095 €

for registrations received after April 30, 2022

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.


Registration is preferably done via the event's website, alternatively by e-mail or regular mail. The confirmation of participation and invoice will be sent via e-mail. After receipt of payment your registration becomes binding and you will receive a corresponding confirmation of participation. Without this confirmation, there is no claim to participation in the booked event. Registrations will be considered in the order in which they are received, except EuroCarBody. However, the number of participants is limited in all cases.  

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 April 30, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than May 16, 2022. 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).

Program Changes
Automotive Circle reserve the right to revise event content and change implementation tools. There is no claim to a specific lecture, workshop or references. Registered trademarks: No guarantee is given that the products, processes and other names mentioned are free of third-party property rights.

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 in digital form. 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 events. 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

gerenme/; molotok743/; Vincentz Network

With your binding registration you agree that film, image, word and sound recordings may be made of you during the event. These recordings may be used without restriction by Vincentz Network or authorized parties in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Also have a look at our Privacy Policy.

Hanover, December 2021



EALA - European Automotive Laser Applications 2020

Your contacts:

Dr. Dirk Meine


Jannike von Kampen

Senior Event Manager


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