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5. - 7. Apr 2022 | Bad Nauheim, Germany

Joining in Car Body Engineering

Diversity of requirements

The optimum integration of electric drives of all kinds into vehicle body structures is still a non-trivial task and poses interesting challenges for joining technology. To add to this, ongoing demands exist for less complexity and greater flexibility in production, and the digitalization and interconnectedness of all processes is making inroads - also and especially in the body shop. The question of comprehensive sustainability and climate neutrality in automotive production is also gaining noticeably in importance - and with it the question of what joining technology can contribute to this.

Back in presence in Bad Nauheim, the Automotive Circle specialist conference Joining in Car Body Engineering 2022 will therefore once again be dedicated to progress in all industrially relevant joining technologies from April 5 to 7, 2022 and discuss progress with its leading international network of experts - naturally taking into account all hygiene and safety measures required due to the pandemic.


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.

The conference addresses

  • Car body engineers, managers and employees of OEM
  • Suppliers and service providers
  • Experts from institutes 
All responsible for joining projects in the areas of pre-development, development, planning and production.

Conference program

Module 1:    Adhesive Bonding and Hybrid Bonding

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 8.45 am to Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 4.00 pm

Moderators: Professor Dr. Klaus Dilger, Institute of Joining and Welding Technology (ifs), Technical University Braunschweig, DE;
Professor Dr. Christian Lammel, IFF GmbH – Induktion, Fügetechnik, Fertigungstechnik, DE


Module 2:    Thermal and Mechanical Joining

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 8.45 am to Thursday, April 7, 2022, 3.30 pm

Moderators: Professor Dr. Stefan Böhm, University of Kassel, Institute for Production Technology and Logistics, DE
Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Module 1:    Adhesive Bonding and Hybrid Bonding

8.45 am
Welcome and conference introduction

Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE

Structural adhesives

9:00 am

New structural body shop adhesives offering superior mechanical performance at low curing conditions meeting new body design requirements
Heike Marhofer, Mercedes-Benz AG, DE; Dr. Andreas Lutz, DuPont Performance Materials International Sàrl, CH

9:30 am

A new global structural adhesive for Ford Motor Company - development and application
Stefan Axmacher, Ford-Werke GmbH, DE; Michael Gutgsell, Sika Automotive AG, CH

10:00 am

New two component structural PU adhesives with excellent durable adhesion on surface treated aluminum for assembly shop bonding
Dr. Andreas Lutz, DuPont Performance Materials International Sàrl, CH

10.30 am         Meet the Speakers / Coffee and contacts

Filling gaps

11:15 am
Structure-relevant Thermal Interface Materials in new e-mobility designs

Holger Schuh, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, DE

11:45 am
Gap filler thermal interface materials in automotive battery systems

Victor Schmadalla, Audi AG, DE; Dr. Holger Fricke, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), DE

12:15 pm

A new acoustic pumpable foam technology to enable automation and higher design flexibility
Björn Funke, Sika Automotive AG, CH

12.45 pm       Live Pools in the auditiorium

1.00 pm         Meet the Speakers / Lunch break

Bonding of composites

2:15 pm

Reinforcing thin press-hardened components by means of fusion bonded FRP ribs
Christian Gundlach, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Joining and Welding / Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., DE

2:45 h pm

Induction joining for thermoplastic fiber reinforced polymer composites and metals for automotive applications
Stefan Weidmann, Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH / Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, DE

The Adhesive Bonding Life Cycle

3:15 pm
Smart data acquisition to train an AI model for robotic adhesive dosing
Manuel Michiels, Flanders Make, BE

3.45 pm         Meet the Speakers / Coffee and contacts

4.30 pm

Method development for the simulation of the fatigue behavior of elementally bonded structures in car body engineering
Nils Kohlmey, Volkswagen AG, VW Commercial Vehicles, DE

5:00 pm

Smart visualization for achieving long-term stabilization in automotive adhesion
Nao Terasaki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Sensing System Research Center (SSRC), JP

5:30 pm

Efficient debonding of adhesively bonded joints in car body repair
Nick Chudalla, University of Paderborn, Laboratory of Material and Joining Technology (LWF), DE

6.00 pm        Meet the Speakers

7.00 pm         Networking Night Module 1


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Module 1:    Adhesive Bonding and Hybrid Bonding

Module 2:    Thermal and Mechanical Joining


- Joint session of both modules –

8.45 am
Welcome and introduction

Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE

OEM car body joining projects


9:00 am
Process safe and cost-efficient joining technology in the BMW iX

Andreas Luger, BMW Group, DE

9:30 am
Forming assisted arc plug welding (FA-APW) and plug shape optimization: Innovative solutions facilitated for high-strength seat frame assembly

Dr. Dooyoung Kim, Hyundai Motor Company, KR; Prof. Yeongdo Park, Dong-Eui University, KR

10:00 am
Smart-Arc-Vision - With vision and heart to the Arc 2.0

Dr. Christian Kotschote, Audi AG, DE

10.30 am        Meet the Speakers / Coffee and contacts

Joinability studies


11:15 am
A validated overview of spot joining technologies for light-weight materials in body structure assembly

Prof. Mark White, Alumobility, UK; Julien Laye, Constellium, FR

11:45 am
AI-driven engineering of joining processes
Dr. Mathias Jäckel, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU), DE

12:15 pm
Metallurgical aspects regarding the weldability of high-strength automotive steels

Prof. Hardy Mohrbacher, NiobelCon bvba, BE

12.45 pm         Live Pools in the auditorium

1.00 pm          Meet the Speakers / Lunch break

Improving joint performance


2:15 pm
Numerical simulation of self-piercing riveting (SPR) joints: From joining to crash and fatigue behavior

Dr. Florian Hönsch, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & CO KG, AT

2:45 pm
Additive manufacturing of car body components in high strength steels

Dr. Martin Hillebrecht, Edag Engineering AG, DE; Dr. Matthias Höfemann, Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, DE

3:15 pm
Blind rivet nut technology as a versatile fastening solution for battery packs

Xavier Sutz, Böllhoff Otalu SAS, FR

3.45 pm         Meet the Speakers / Coffee and contacts

End of Module 1


Module 2:    Thermal and Mechanical Joining

Process innovations I

4:30 pm
Evolved mechanical joining technologies for a new class of ultra-high-strength boron manganese steels (34MnB5)

Lukas Götz, Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, DE

5:00 pm
Innovative plasma based hybrid processes for stud welding and joining

Dr. Christian Reis, Tucker GmbH, DE

5:30 pm
Electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) in e-mobility applications

Kaj Riesterer, PSTproducts GmbH, DE

6.00 pm         Meet the Speakers

7.00 pm         Networking Night Module 2


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Advances in spot welding

8:30 am
Increase of body shop productivity by predictive maintenance for welding guns

Johannes Berwanger, Festo SE & Co. KG, DE; Dr. Martin Brandhuber, BMW Group, DE

9:00 am
Vision angle improvement through P-RSW on small aluminium door flanges

Mihai-Vasile Radu, Groupe Renault, FR

9:30 am
How to improve the weld strength on 2000MPa press hardened steels?

Yohan Merdji, Laurent Cretteur, ArcelorMittal R&D, FR

10.00 am         Meet the Speakers / Coffee and contacts

10:45 am
Projection welding of fasteners to UHSS materials with controlled pulse resistance welding

Sean Hubberstey, CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., CA

11:15 am
Extension of the process boundaries in resistance spot welding - New degrees of freedom through the integration of the gun drive

Maximilian Wohner, Bosch Rexroth AG, DE

Process Innovations II

11:45 am
Cold joining in hot sheets - Integration of standard-compliant nuts in ultra-high-strength steel components

Dr. Sebastian Meyer, Dr. Amer Mahlme, PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, DE

12.15 pm         Live Pools on the auditorium

12.30 pm         Meet the Speakers / Lunch break

1:45 pm
Simulation based distortion management for multiple stage assembly of welded structures

Dr. Tobias Loose, Dr. Loose GmbH, DE; Sujit Chatterjee, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., UK

2:15 pm
Joining technology developments for riveting press formed sheet to aluminium die castings

Dr. Paul Briskham, Atlas Copco IAS UK Ltd, UK

2:45 pm

Assistance systems for arc and laser hybrid welding of battery trays in the service of electromobility
Dr. Herbert Staufer, Wolfgang Scherleitner, Fronius International GmbH, AT

3.15 pm
OEM conclusions
The conference’s OEM Advisory Board experts on trends and
current challenges in car body joining technology.

3.30 pm
Farewell address and end of the conference


Conference program is subject to change
Status as of: January 14, 2022




International OEM committee

Mario Prokop


Thomas Richter


Jürgen Hover


Ken Jacobs

Jaguar Land Rover

Holger Schubert


Taishi Tarui

Nissan Motors Co. Ltd.

Stefan Leber

Opel / Stellantis

Thomas Lety

PSA / Stellantis

Véronique Sorel


Shuhei Ogura


Christian Borowetz


Dr. Per Lindahl

Volvo Cars

Program Coordinators

Professor Dr. Klaus Dilger

TU Braunschweig

Professor Dr. Christian Lammel


Professor Dr. Stefan Böhm

University of Kassel

Dr. Dirk Meine

Automotive Circle

Request More Information

If you have any question or want to request more information, news and/or the program, please contact Annika Lindenberg at

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

Become a Sponsor or exhibitor

Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

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Exhibition floor plan 

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Exhibition flyer incl. booking form

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Take advantage of the high coverage of the Automotive Circle and profit from the 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 a sponsor and benefit from this excellent platform to strongly promote your company’s capabilities as a reliable supplier!

Check out the various sponsoring options!

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).

Prices, Terms & Conditions


Vincentz Network GmbH & Co. KG
Automotive Circle
Plathnerstr. 4c
DE-30175 Hannover

T +49 511 9910-376
F +49 511 9910-379

T. +49 511 9910 - 000
F +49 511 9910 - 099

Date & Venue

Conference: April 5 - 7, 2022

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 € 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


Single Fee
           1.850 €  
Module 1 + 2:


2.395 €*

for registrations received by January 4, 2022


2.595 €*

for registrations received by March 4, 2022


2.695 €*

for registrations received after March 4, 2022


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

*All prices plus German VAT at the statutory rate. 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.

Technology Briefings: The participation fee include the attendance in the technology briefings, list of delegates, the proceedings and the coffee break.

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 March 4, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than March 21, 2022. Delegates who fail to attend without notifying the organiser 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 programme 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

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

gerenme/; molotok743/; Vincentz Network

Your Contacts

Dr. Dirk Meine


Annika Lindenberg

Senior Event Manager

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