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26. - 27. Apr 2022 | Rochester, MI, USA

Joining in Car Body Engineering 2022


NEW CONFERENCE DATE: April 26-27, 2022

Your health and safety is important to us! Due to the rising number of Covid cases we decided to move the next North American Joining in Car Body Engineering conference to April. We are looking forward to meeting you all then to have a great face to face conference under the best possible conditions.  

The automotive industry is currently undergoing major changes - from the shift towards e-mobility and the increase in digitalization to a complete gear-change in the direction of sustainability. As a result, many aspects of automotive development as well as production need to be reimagined, redesigned, reimplemented.

Body shop joining technologies play a key role in supporting these changes. They enable the growing number of advanced mixed material and lightweight design concepts and the integration of new materials and additional components such as battery housings into car body structures, all of which have their own, new use cases and performance requirements.

At the same time, new sustainability targets must be met and a growing digitalization infrastructure implemented to maintain the right balance between production efficiency, cost efficiency and flexibility potential.


This year for the fourth time, the North American Joining in Car Body Engineering conference brings together our leading network of international engineering experts to share and discuss their latest technical progress reports and application-oriented innovations concerning all relevant joining technologies for series production in the body shop which are relevant to the North American market.




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


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


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

preliminary program

Liquid Metal Embrittlement in Resistance Spot Welding of Ultrahigh Strength Steels
Prof. Luke N. Brewer, The University of Alabama, US;
Holger Schubert, Mercedes-Benz AG, DE


Remote Laser Welding of PHS Materials

Blair E. Carlson, General Motors Company, US

A Validated Overview of Spot Joining Technologies for Light Weight Materials in Body Structure Assembly
Prof. Mark White, Alumobility, UK; Julio Malpica, Novelis Inc., US


Newest Innovation in Element Welding and Flowform Joining Technologies for Flexible Light-Weight BiW Mass Production
Dominik Fröhlich, Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, DE

Joining Technology Developments for Riveting Press Formed Sheet to Aluminum Die Castings
Alex Trinick, Atlas Copco IAS UK Ltd, UK


Decreasing Complexity by Reducing Variants in SPR Technology
Dennis Henke, Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH, DE

Projection Welding of Fasteners to UHSS Materials with Controlled Pulse Resistance Welding
Sean Hubberstey, CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., CA


Trends and Innovations in Mechanical Joining of High-Strength Multi-Material Systems
Prof. Marion Merklein, FAU Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering; DE


Lower Temperature Cure Crash Durable Epoxy Adhesives
Dr. Nicholas T. Kamar, Syed Mahdi, Henkel Corporation, US


Structural Adhesive, for Mixed Material Joining, using a Dual-Cure System for Additional Processing Ease
Ethan Post, L&L Products, US


Leveraging AI and Machine Learning to Transform the Adhesive and Sealer Dispensing Process
Michael Lee, MJ Lee Technical insight LLC, US


Expanded Cure Capabilities of Structural Adhesives and Electrocoat to Resolve EV Challenges
Marvin Pollum, PPG, US


Latest Developments for E-Mobility Laser Applications
Dr. Axel Luft, Scansonic MI GmbH, DE


A Novel Threadforming Fastener for High Strength Steel Applications
Dr. Brandt Ruszkiewicz, Semblex Corporation, US


Innovative Plasma Based Hybrid Processes for Stud Welding and Joining
Sivakumar Ramasamy, Stanley Black and Decker Inc., US

Demonstration of Vaporizing Foil Actuator Impact Welding in a Prototype Engine Cradle
Prof. Glenn Daehn, The Ohio State University, US


*Subject to change (status as of January 13, 2022)

The detailed conference program will be published in January 2022. If you would like to receive your personal copy once the program is available, please send an e-mail to

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.

Exhibitors on site + SPONSORS

Coherix Logo


Your contact:

Josh Anton

Marketing Communications


Matuschek Welding Products, Inc.

Your contact:

Greg Barbeau

General Manager



Precitec, Inc.

Your contact:

Sebastian Moser

Director of Sales

Profil Verbindungstechnik


Your contact:

Rob Edwards

General Manager


Rifast Logo

RIFAST Systems

Your contact:

Rick Garpow


Semblex Logo

Semblex Corporation

Your contact:

Terry Tripp

Technical Marketing


TOX-Pressotechnik LLC

Your contact:

Troy Waldherr

VP Sales and Operations

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 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!

Check out the various exhibition and sponsoring options!

Exhibition flyer incl. booking form

PDF | 893.5 KB


Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

PDF | 129.1 KB


The Exhibition Floor Plan will be available soon.

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.

If you have any question or want to request additional information, please contact us.

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

Hotel & Arrival

Royal Park Hotel

600 E University Drive Rochester, Michigan 48307 United States




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

T +49 511 9910 - 381
F +49 511 9910 - 379

Date & Venue

Conference: April 26-27, 2022

Royal Park Hotel
600 E University Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48307
United States

Phone: +1 248-652-2600
Toll Free: +1 800-339-2761

Accommodation is available at the conference hotel.

We kindly ask you to make your own hotel reservation at the conference hotel. Rooms are available for USD 169.00 per night (plus tax). Please use this digital lik for booking: 

Hotel Reservation

or call or email Royal Park Hotel at +1 (800) 339-2761, Please refer to: "Joining in Car Body Engineering".

Guests may cancel reservations without penalty, ten days prior to arrival.

Participation Fee



USD 1,650.00

for registrations received by November 30, 2021


USD 1,850.00

for registrations received by March 28, 2022


USD 1,950.00

for registrations received after March 28, 2022

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

Group booking rates are available (at least three participants from one company). Please contact us.

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 language is English.


Fees will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received by March 28, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than April 11, 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

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, January 2022




While we are very excited for the back in presence conference, we are aware of the concerns associated with the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. That’s why we are initiating new protocols aligned with all oficial, federal and local regulations that hold your health and safety in the highest regard. Please check back frequently for the latest information.

Please read our hygienic concept.

Request more information

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

Your Contacts

Dr. Sibylle Freitag


Sarah Ehrchen

Senior Event Manager


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