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9. - 10. Jun 2021 | Virtual Conference

Materials in Car Body Engineering

Keyvisual Materials in Car Body Engineering

Cost-efficient, lightweight and sustainable body material concepts for today’s and tomorrow’s (electric) vehicles is what the annual international conference Materials in Car Body Engineering will again be discussing with its global network of automotive experts on 9 and 10 June 2021.

This year, still in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the conference will once more be conducted as a fully virtual event, assembling its international audience online to hear about latest progress regarding car body materials, their applicability and their quality control, discussing any material of (potential) industrial relevance for advanced series car body concepts, from relevant steel or light metal alloys (Al, Mg) to composites and to further novel materials and their combination, and equally considering panel, extruded or cast materials.

Accommodating to the needs and time zones of a global online audience, conference participants will have the chance to review all conference contributions at a time of their convenience via streaming-on-demand for two weeks after the live presentation.

Gathering information from trailblazing technical presentations is one thing - discussing them in a truly live and interactive manner is another: Thus, during the entire conference, online networking will be possible in a virtual “lobby room”, providing opportunities to Meet the Speakers as well as all other conference participants in live video meetings, one-on-one or in small groups, spontaneous or scheduled, in a very flexible manner.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Automotive Circle’s virtual environment!



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


For conference participants, all presentations will be available for streaming-on-demand from the conferences website for two weeks after their live presentation.


Meet the speakers, your colleagues and experts in virtual chat rooms, ask your individual questions and share your experiences.


Meet the speakers and ask your individual questions live.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021


8:45 CEST (UTC+2)


Welcome address and conference introduction


Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE

Advancing high-strength steels 1

9:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

The highest strength (1.5GPa) steel application for cold stamping parts

Takaaki Kondo, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., JP

9:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

High-strength steel application study in chassis parts

Pengpeng Liu, PATAC, CN

10:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Development of a complex phase 950 MPa class hot-rolled steel with high hole expansion ratio

Edip Ozer Arman, Toyota Motor Europe R&D, BE

10:30 h CEST (UTC+2)
/Meet the Speakers

- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –

Tailored steel solutions

11:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

New cost effective cold forming solutions with Tailor Rolled Products

Torben Wilks, Mubea Tailor Rolled Blanks GmbH, DE

12:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Multi-Part Integration in laserwelded blanks to reduce complexity in car body production

Jesse Paegle, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, FR

12:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Application of a newly developed press hardened steel for automotive suspension parts

Dr. Tanya A. Başer, Metin Çallı,
Coşkunöz R&D Center, TR

13:00 h CEST (UTC+2)
Networking/Meet the Speakers

- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –

Advancing high-strength steels 2

14:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

New modelling approach to 3rd generation high-strength steels for automotive components

Daniele De Caro, CRF-Stellantis, IT;
David Frómeta, Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Unit of Metallic and Ceramic Materials, ES

14:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Structural applications of Gen3 980 Advanced High Strength Steel for body-in-white

Vasant Pednekar, U.S. Steel Corporation, US;
Jatinder P. Singh, André Luiz, General Motors Company, US

15:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Property optimization of dual phase steel – OEM experiences, alloy concepts, processing aspects

Prof. Hardy Mohrbacher, Niobelcon BV, BE;
Fabio D'Aiuto, CBMM Europe, IT
Matt Enloe, CBMM North America

15:30 h CEST (UTC+2) – OPEN END
/Meet the Speakers

- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Focus on sustainability

9:00 h CEST (UTC+2)


The low-cost lightweight multi-material side door concept

Yasutaka Okubo, Kobe Steel, Ltd., JP


9:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Multi-material structures based on innovative joining technologies

Dr. Axel Jahn, Fraunhofer IWS, DE

Focus on sustainability

10:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Aluminum made from the desert sun as a way forward to reduce the CO2-footprint in the material chain for a car manufacturer               

Richard Nömayr, BMW Group, DE; Steven Bater, Emirates Global Aluminium, VAE

10:30 h CEST (UTC+2)
/Meet the Speakers

- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –

Lightweight solutions

11:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Lighter and cheaper solution for replacement of structural components

Matthias Schütte, Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG, DE

12:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Sustainable material for a lightweight product

Ramin Moshfegh, Lamera AB, SE

Focus on sustainability

12:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Recycling and circular economy for interior parts                                  

Anna Goldhofer, BMW Group, DE

13:00 h CEST (UTC+2)
/Meet the Speakers

- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –

Composites and hybrid materials

14:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

High-performance sustainable
materials - From race to road

Per Mårtensson, Bcomp Ltd., CH

14:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Strong hollow profile hybrids (HPH) for cross car beams based on closed metal profiles in injection molding

Dr. Matthias Theunissen, Lanxess Deutschland GmbH, DE

15:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Shrinkage optimised thermoplastic three-phase-composite lightweight material for use in aesthetical applications

Dr. André Lück, Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH, DE

Conclusions and Outlook

15:30 h CEST (UTC+2)

Panel Discussion
The conference’s OEM Advisory Board experts on current challenges to be addressed for future car body materials concepts.

OEM Advisory Board 

16:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

End of the conference program


16:00 h CEST (UTC+2)

Networking/Meet the Speakers – OPEN END
- interactive online networking and discussions in the conference’s virtual lobby room –

 Conference program is subject to change.
Status as of May 20, 2021

MKB 2021

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The conference addresses

  • Car body engineers, managers and employees of OEM
  • Suppliers and service providers
  • Experts from institutes 

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

International OEM committee

The Automotive Circle and OEM Advisory Board of the conference consisting of the following experts:
Thomas Heusser

Thomas Heußer

Audi AG

Dr. Markus Pfestorf

Dr. Markus Pfestorf


Pipino, Andrea, FCA

Andrea Pipino

Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A.


Michele Maria Tedesco

Centro Ricerche Fiat S.c.p.A.

Dr. Jürgen Wesemann

Dr. Jürgen Wesemann

Ford-Werke GmbH

Jatinder P. Singh, General Motors Company, US

Jatinder P. Singh

General Motors Company


Dr. Taejeong Kim

Hyundai Motor Company

Rebecca Hitch, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., UK

Rebecca Hitch

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.


Anthony Riley

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Takao Hayashi, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., JP

Takao Hayashi

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Klaus-Peter Eckhardt, Opel Automobile GmbH, DE

Klaus-Peter Eckhardt

Opel Automobile GmbH

Dr. You Ye, PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center), CN

Dr. You Ye

PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center)

Dr. Jean-Claude Le Flour, Renault S.A.S., FR

Jean-Claude Le Flour

Renault S.A.S.

Ahmet Dogan, Toyota Motor Europe

Ahmet Dogan

Toyota Motor Europe

Chris Frohwein, Volkswagen AG, DE

Dr. Chris Frohwein

Volkswagen AG

Richard Johansson, Volvo Car Corporation

Richard Johansson

Volvo Car Corporation


Virtual networking is very important for us at Automotive Circle. Normally we value this on-site at our conferences, but due to the pandemic we have to set up a little differently. Therefore we integrated the tool in our virtual conferences. With wonder you have the opportunity to get in contact with the speakers and other participants by chat or individual "meeting room". There is no need to set up any meetings before - you can meet other peers spontanously. It's very simple and intuitive to operate. Here is a short video how it works:

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conference sponsors



Your contact:

Seho Park

Senior Researcher
Global Technical Support Team (Frankfurt Office)

Become a Sponsor or exhibitor

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!

Sponsoring flyer

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Imke Rotermund

Sales Manager

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Senior Event Manager


Materials in Car Body Engineering 2021

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