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5. - 6. Jul 2022 | BAD NAUHEIM, GERMANY

Materials in Car Body Engineering

Keyvisual Materials in Car Body Engineering

How to produce automobiles with a climate-neutral balance is very much a materials-related question, especially when it comes to using steels, aluminium, or plastics - the most common car body materials - and it is a question that is very much on every OEM’s agenda today. Increasingly, every materials-related innovation is evaluated not only in terms of its technical or economic benefit but also of its CO2eq footprint and LCA. Nonetheless, demands on material performance, durability, formability, joinability and, yes, of course, also lightweight remain essential – while the need for cost reduction also persists.

Therefore, latest material developments will again be presented and discussed during the 2022 edition of Automotive Circle’s international conference Materials in Car Body Engineering, returning to Bad Nauheim, Germany, on July 5-6, to gather its international network of expert automobile engineers.

Be part of this network and these discussions - we are looking forward to welcoming you there!


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.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022


8:45 h


Welcome address and conference introduction


Dr. Dirk Meine, Automotive Circle, DE

9:00 h

Green(er) automotive metals: Metallurgic and industrial challenges

Prof. Dierck Raabe, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, DE

Towards zero

9:45 h

Reducing CO2 emissions in mining and steelmaking for automotive car components

Dr. Manuel Otto, SSAB Swedish Steel GmbH, DE

10:15 h

Benefits and challenges of increasing recycling content to reduce CO2 footprint of aluminium for automotive body sheets

Dr. Andreas Afseth, Constellium, FR

10:45 h
Networking/Meet the Speakers
& Coffee and contacts

Towards zero

11:15 h

Low CO2eq aluminium solutions for automotive applications

Dr. Milan Felberbaum, Novelis Switzerland SA, CH 

11:45 h

Low carbon footprint and use of secondary aluminum for giga-casting structural components

Dr. Stuart Wiesner, Aluminium Rheinfelden Alloys GmbH, DE

12:15 h

Live Polls in the auditorium


12:30 h
Networking/Meet the Speakers & Lunch break

Steel developments

14:00 h

Back to the roots: Production concepts for advanced automotive HSLA steels

Prof. Dr. Hardy Mohrbacher, NiobelCon BV, BE

14:30 h

Predicting and assessing the greater design freedom with super formable CR6

Georgina Treherne, Tata Steel Ijmuiden, NL

15:00 h

New modeling approach to predict edge cracking in Advanced High Strength Steels

Daniele De Caro, Centro Richerche Fiat (crf), IT; David Frómeta, Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, ES


 15:30 pm
Networking/Meet the Speakers & Coffee and contacts

Steel developments

16.15 h

High and ultra-high strength steels tailored for electro mobility

Andreas Breidenbach, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, DE

16:45 h

Ultra-high strength stainless steels as holistic enabler for a sustainable, crash-resistance and aesthetical car body

Markus Buckner, Outokumpu Nirosta GmbH, DE

17:15 h

Auto/Steel partnership stamping study with additively manufactured tool steel

Paul Wolcott, General Motors Company, US


 18:00 h
Networking/Meet the Speakers & Coffee and contacts

19:00 h
Networking Night

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Hot forming

8:30 h


The future of hot stamped parts at BMW

Dr. Markus Pfestorf, BMW Group, DE


9:00 h

Multi Part Integration (MPI) new concept of PHS solutions

Kevin Luttenschlager, ArcelorMittal, FR

9:30 h

Smart production lines using hot die forming technology

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hirsch, Dr. Peter Amborn, HoDforming GmbH, DE 


10:00 h
Networking/Meet the Speakers & Coffee and contacts

Multi-materials challenges

10:30 h

Multi-materials: The challenges of the drastic weight reduction in automobile materials by the Japanese national project

Tomoaki Hyodo, Innovative Structural Materials Association, Hidetoshi Fujii, Joining and Welding Reseach Institute, JP

11:00 h

Integration of new aluminum alloys (sheet and cast) and “Gen3” steel enabled by new laser joining processes

Andreas Müllegger, Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, DE

11:30 h

New approaches to alleviate the bottle neck of metallographic-based quality control

Prof. Dr. Martina Zimmermann, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS), DE

12.00 h

Live Polls in the auditorium


12:15 h
Networking/Meet the Speakers & Lunch break

Composite innovations

13:30 h

Combined bonding and forming process for steel/composite hybrid part production

Alexander Dronov, Harald Schwinghammer, voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE

14:00 h

Development of modular CFRP light weight components and production strategies

Nicolai Kempf, Felix Hohmann, FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG, DE

14:30 h

Advanced automotive lightweight components by fiber-metal-laminates

Marcel Triebus, Paderborn University, Chair of Automotive Lightweight Design, DE

Conclusions and Outlook

15:00 h

Panel Discussion
OEM experts on the current challenges for modern, sustainable, series car body material concepts



Concluding remarks and farewell address, end of the conference



Conference program is subject to change.
Status as of May 30, 2022


MKB 22 Agenda 6/22

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participating companies

  • 4th Dimension Composites Ltd., GB
  • ArcelorMittal France, FR
  • Audi AG, DE
  • Audi Hungaria Zrt., HU
  • AutoForm Engineering Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • Baosteel Europe Technical Service Center, IT
  • BMW Group Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum (FIZ), DE
  • CBMM Europe BV, NL
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A., IT
  • Constellium, FR
  • Constellium France SAS, FR
  • Eurecat, ES
  • FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG, dE
  • Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş., TR
  • Ford-Werke GmbH, DE
  • Fraunhofer IWS Dresden
  • FriBa LaserNet Consulting, DE
  • GM Global Technical Center, US
  • Groupe Renault, FR
  • HoDforming GmbH, DE
  • Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automotbile R&D Center, JP
  • Hydro Aluminium, NO
  • Hyundai Steel Company., KR
  • Impression Technologies Ltd., GB
  • ISMA Innovative Structural, JP
  • Jaguar Land Rover Group Ltd., GB
  • Joining and Welding Research, JP
  • Kobelco Europe GmbH, DE
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, DE
  • Metal One Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • Mubea Tailor Rolled Blanks GmbH, DE
  • Nemak Europe GmbH, DE
  • Niobelcon bvba, BE
  • Novelis Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • Novelis Inc.; US
  • Novelis Switzerland SA, CH
  • Opel Automobile GmbH, DE
  • Outokumpu Nirosta GmbH, DE
  • Posco, KR
  • Rheinfelden Alloys GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH, DE
  • SSAB Swedish Steel GmbH, DE
  • Stellantis, IT
  • Tata Steel Ijmuiden B.V., NL
  • thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, DE
  • Tofaş Türk Otomobil, TR
  • TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe GmbH, DE
  • Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA Technical Centre Zaventem [B], BE
  • TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, DE
  • Universität Paderborn, DE
  • voestalpine Automotive Components Schwäbisch Gmünd GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • voestalpine Metal Forming GmbH, AT
  • Volkswagen AG, DE
  • Volvo Car Corporation, SE

Status as of: June 17, 2022

exhibitors on site

CBMM Technology Suisse

Your contact:

Amanda Fernandes Gottardi


Hyundai Steel Company

Your contact:

Seho Park

Global Technical Support Team

Impression Technologies

Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V.

Your contact:

Ellen Driessen

Automotive Marketing

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Your contact:

Katja Schenkmann

COM / Projektmanager

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH

Your contact:

Andreas Müllegger

Branchenmanagement Mobility

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!

Exhibition and Sponsoring Flyer incl. Booking form

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Exhibition floor plan

PDF | 1018.4 KB


Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

PDF | 129.1 KB


Your Contact

Imke Rotermund

Sales Manager

International OEM committee

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

Thomas Heußer


Dr. Markus Pfestorf

Dr. Markus Pfestorf

BMW Group, DE

Pipino, Andrea, FCA

Andrea Pipino

Stellantis Italy, IT


Michele Maria Tedesco

Stellantis Italy, IT

Dr. Jürgen Wesemann

Dr. Jürgen Wesemann

Ford-Werke GmbH, DE

Jatinder P. Singh, General Motors Company, US

Jatinder P. Singh

General Motors Company, US


Dr. Taejeong Kim

Hyundai Motor Company, KR

Rebecca Hitch, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., UK

Rebecca Hitch

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., GB


Anthony Riley

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., GB

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

Takao Hayashi

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., JP

Klaus-Peter Eckhardt, Opel Automobile GmbH, DE

Klaus-Peter Eckhardt

Stellantis Germany, DE

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

Dr. You Ye

PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center), CN

Ahmet Dogan, Toyota Motor Europe

Ahmet Dogan

Toyota Motor Europe, BE

Chris Frohwein, Volkswagen AG, DE

Dr. Chris Frohwein

Volkswagen AG, DE

Richard Johansson, Volvo Car Corporation

Richard Johansson

Volvo Car Corporation, SE

Icon Kopf

Yvan Chastel

Renault S.A.S.

Icon Kopf

Kenichi Kawasaki

Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

Edip Ozer Arman


Hotel & Arrival

DOLCE by Wyndham 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 - 380
F +49 511 9910 - 379

Date & Venue

Conference: July 5 -6, 2022

DOLCE by Wyndham 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



1,695 €

for registrations received by March 25, 2022


1,895 €

for registrations received by June 5, 2022



for registrations received after June 6, 2022

A 10% group discount on the rate that is valid at the time of registration is available. This will apply when 5 or more attendees from the same company address register at the same time.
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 will be translated simultaneously into English and German. Tutorials are only in English. Please note that the contents of lectures and presentations at simultaneously interpreted conferences are predominantly 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 June 7, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than June 21, 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, February 2022


Your Contacts

Dr. Dirk Meine


Beyer Amanda

Amanda Beyer

Director Event Management

Request more Information

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

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

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