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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.


Here’s a little SNEAK PEAK to the virtual conference programme:

  • New modelling approach to 3rd generation high-strength steels for automotive components
    Daniele De Caro, Stellantis; David Frómeta, Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Unit of Metallic and Ceramic Materials
  • The highest strength (1.5GPa) steel application for cold stamping parts
    Takaaki Kondo, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • High-strength steel application study in chassis parts
    Pengpeng Liu, Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC)
  • Structural applications of Gen3 980 advanced high strength steel for body-in-white
    André Luiz, General Motors Company; Vasant Pednekar, U.S. Steel
The full conference programme will be published at the beginning of May 2021.

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:

You will receive the login data for after you have registered successfully.

become a speaker

Cost-efficient, lightweight and sustainable...

... car 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. 

This year, still in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the conference will once more be conducted as a fully virtual event on 9 and 10 June 2021, assembling its international audience online to hear about latest ideas and developments in car body materials, but also to discuss and network in a truly live and interactive online environment.

As always, the conference addresses improvements in the application of all relevant steel or light metal alloys (Al, Mg) as well as composites or further novel materials - and their combination in modern car bodies. Progress in panel, extruded or cast materials may equally be discussed. 

Thus, your input is kindly requested: As an interested speaker, you are cordially invited to suggest your contribution to this year’s conference programme, as a half-hour technical presentation reporting on your latest developments and findings on car body materials, their applicability and their quality control, regarding any material of (potential) industrial relevance for advanced series car body material concepts.

To suggest your contribution, please send a short English-language abstract containing the presentation title, name(s) and contact details of the speaker(s) and a summary of the content of your intended presentation in a non-commercial, engineering-oriented fashion by April 26th, 2021 via e-mail to

Based on your abstract, the acceptance of your contribution will be decided in collaboration with the conference’s OEM Advisory Board of experts at the end of April. Speakers will be notified immediately after that. 

For every accepted presentation, one speaker per presenting company, with a maximum of two speakers altogether, will be invited to take part in the full conference, exempt of all the conference fees. 

Modalities of the virtual conference

  • Upon acceptance of their suggestion, speakers will be asked to prepare their presentation as a 20-minute pre-recorded video, to be handed in, together with the presentation slides, by the end of May.
  • The presentation videos will be streamed to the audience during the live event, followed by a live Q&A session of the speaker(s) with the audience.
  • Further to this, all presentation videos will be made available for streaming-on-demand for registered conference participants for two weeks after the live session.
  • The conference language will be English throughout.
  • During the conference, interactive online networking will be possible in a virtual “lobby room”, allowing individual online video chats as well as video meetings and discussions in small groups, formed spontaneously or scheduled. Speakers will be asked to be available for further discussions in this lobby during a specific Meet the Speakers time.


Call for Speakers

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Dr. Dirk Meine


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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Terms & Conditions

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Your Contact

Imke Rotermund

Sales Manager

Prices, Terms & Conditions


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Participation Fee

795,00 EURO

All prices are net prices. All virtual events are subject to VAT only in Germany.

All fees are due immediately - in any case before the start of the event - and are to be paid by quoting the invoice number. With the confirmation and invoice the participant will receive the corresponding access data for the virtual event. The prerequisite for this is that all payments have been received in full.


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. A special application procedure applies for participation in the EuroCarBody 2021 virtual.

The following services are associated with the registration:
-    Participation in the virtual event
-    Participation documents
-    Authorization to download the PDF documents on the Internet
-    Receipt of the list of participants
-    Sponsor information

Language of Communication
All virtual events of the Automotive Circle are held exclusively in English. All documents are predominately composed in the English language.

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All virtual events of the Automotive Circle are planned and conducted using electronic tools and platforms. The following tools are used:
-    doo event management platform
-    GoToWebinar

Each participant is responsible for using these tools. If it is not possible to use them, e.g. due to internal company requirements, this does not entitle the participant to cancel the participation free of charge.

Cancellation / Withdrawal
For cancellations between four and two weeks before the event, a cancellation fee of 50 % of the invoice amount is due. In the event of cancellation later than two weeks before the event or in the event of non-participation without prior cancellation, the full participation fee must be paid. However, it is always possible to name a substitute person. Cancellations and changes must be notified in writing and will be confirmed by the organizer.
If the virtual event has to be cancelled by the organizer due to insufficient number of participants, technical complications or due to illness of one or more speakers, already paid participation fees will be refunded in full. Further claims do not exist.

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.

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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.

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).

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Dr. Dirk Meine


Jeanette Timner

Senior Event Manager


Materials in Car Body Engineering 2021

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