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29. - 30. Mar 2022 | Bad Nauheim, Germany

Smart Production

Digitalizing Automotive Manufacturing

Digitalization solutions across the automotive production chain

Making intelligent use of current and future possibilities of digitization and connectivity in industrial manufacturing processes is one of the major challenges that industries are facing today. In particular, this is true where products and processes are characterized by great complexity, the automotive industry being a prime example. The goal is to create comprehensive digital infrastructures across all departments that significantly increase production and resource efficiency while avoiding needless complexity and cost.

We are happy to announce that the Automotive Circle is launching a new conference series to advance the exchange between experts on this topic. We cordially invite you to join us in Bad Nauheim, where we are going to address these challenges and discuss optimum solutions, with a focus on digitization solutions and their implementation across the entire automotive production chain.

We are looking forward to meeting you there!



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.

Preliminary program

Preliminary Program

PDF | 1.3 MB


How smart do you want it to be? – From buzzwords to reality
Frank Breitenbach, EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, DE

How to digitize maintenance and assembly in automotive line-building - praxis case from BMW Group Steyr
Jens Theberath, Coman Software GmbH, DE; Roland Klammer, BMW Group Steyr, AT

Potentials of the combined use of digital product and production technologies for efficient assembly and commissioning
Lennard Margies, ZeMA gGmbH; Patrick Scheppe, Mercedes-Benz AG; DE

Modular and self-organizing manufacturing
Dr. Olaf Sauer, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB), DE

Smart paint shop
Dr. Simon Rosenkranz, AOM-Systems GmbH, DE

Improving OEE with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI)
Dr. Lars Friedrich, Dürr Systems AG, DE

Cloud solution for paint shop applications: Hardware on demand for a complete paint shop suit
Dr. Martin Schifko, Dr. Alireza Eslamian, ESS Engineering Software Steyr GmbH, AT

Augmented reality projection supports manual rework in series production
Dr. Peter Keitler, Extend3D GmbH, DE

AI-driven engineering of joining processes
Mathias Jäckel, Fraunhofer IWU, DE

Optimize automotive production with embedded point cloud sensor family resulting in greater efficiency, productivity gains and enabling sustainable production
Holger Wirth, ISRA VISION AG, DE

Smart process chain - data analysis in sheet metal processing for joinability prediction
Per Heyser, Paderborn University, DE; Sebastian Wiesenmayer, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE

Smart Press Shop – increased efficiency and transparency through a comprehensive track & trace solution
Dr. Robert Vollmer, Schuler Pressen GmbH, DE; Dr. Timo Böhm, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE

AI methods in PDM, PLM – applications of intelligent digital variant management – computation of assemblies and planning of test vehicles
Prof. Wolfgang Küchlin, Steinbeis Technology Transfer Center OIT, DE

Predictive maintenance with decentralised learning
Dr. Tejo Chalasani, Utpatti, DE

*Subject to change (status as of December 9, 2021)


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

    The conference addresses OEM automotive engineers involved in the design and implementation of digital production solutions and production data management, as well as their counterparts at system suppliers, engineering service providers and relevant research institutions.

    Request more Information

    The detailed conference program will be published in January 2022.

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

    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!

    Your Contact:

    Imke Rotermund

    Sales Manager

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    Exhibition floor plan

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    Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

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    Hotel & Arrival

    Hotel DOLCE Bad Nauheim

    Elvis-Presley-Platz 1 61231 Bad Nauheim Germany


    Prices, Terms & Conditions


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

    T. +49 511 9910 - 383
    F +49 511 9910 - 379

    Date & Venue

    Conference:  March 29-30, 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



    1.695,- EUR*

    for registrations received by January 28, 2022


    1.895,- EUR*

    for registrations received by February 28, 2022


    1.995,- EUR*

    for registrations received after February 28, 2022

    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 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 February 28, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than March 14, 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, 277355371/; 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, December 2021



    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

    Your Contacts

    Dr. Dirk Meine


    Dr. Sibylle Freitag


    Mareike Baeumlein

    Senior Event Manager

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