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29. - 30. Jun 2022 | Berlin, Germany

Strategies in Car Body Painting

Teaser Strategies in Car Body Painting

The leading global network for discussing current strategies in painting technology and new processes, equipment and materials will meet again in June 2022 in Berlin, Germany!

How is the paint shop of the future paving the way to green factory 2050

The automotive industry is in the midst of a transformation: Alternative powertrains, new concepts, and suitable energy storage systems are the main challenges for automobile manufacturers. Therefore, also production has to cover the new needs of the automotive industry. Especially the paint shop faces challenges as the need to reduced CO2- and VOC-emissions, energy savings and increasing sustainability. Smart design of equipment and painting process, digitalization, and latest energy management systems is the order of the day. Last but not least, co-operations between OEM and suppliers are an important tool for new technical developments.

These and other factors are discussed during the conference Strategies in Car Body Painting that gathers in 2022 once again the leading network of car body painting experts in Berlin. Meet representatives from international OEM, suppliers and institutes and join experts talk about the  latest developments. Discuss forthcoming challenges in automotive surface treatment and in forward-looking paint shops. Use this opportunity to exchange ideas on genuine technical innovations and to push ahead the global network (Europe, Asia and NAFTA).


IMPULS: Technical Competence vs. Vision and People Management instead of Technical Management



Keynote speaker Norman Graeter always puts the focus on the human being. His speeches are bursting with passion, enthusiasm and motivation. He always concentrates on the person itself within the employee, customer and business partner - and recognizes therein long-lasting success in times of change and digitalization. His audience will experience exciting inspiration that reaches everyone and that can cause some small and even bigger change. Not for nothing is spell binder Norman Graeter triple European champion in public speaking - the highest award for speakers in German language.



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.


Interact and discuss with your international peers about specific topics and find together new solution. 

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Strategies in Car Body Painting

International OEM committee

Benjamin Boll Ford

Benjamin Boll

Ford-Werke GmbH

Dahlen Malin

Malin Dahlén

Volvo Car Corporation

Dave Green Jaguar

Dave Green

Jaguar Land Rover Group Ltd.


Christophe Gruat

Stellantis France


Karine Humbert

Renault S.A.S


Silvio Licitra


Dr. Silvia Lomolino

BMW Group

Akira Nishimura

Toyota Motor Europe

Paffe Dirk Porsche

Dirk Paffe

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG


Daniel Pasch

Stellantis Germany

Dr. Julia Schuchardt

Mercedes-Benz AG

Martin Söldner

Volkswagen AG

Sven Veit

Sven Veit

Audi AG


 Program (status as of June 14)

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TUESDAY, June 28, 2022

6.00-7.00 PM
Get-Together and Pre-registration


WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022

9.00 AM
Welcome and Conference Introduction
Andrea Huber, Automotive Circle, DE

9.15 AM
Technical Competence vs. Vision and People Management instead of Technical Management
Norman Gräter, DE

SESSION I: Sustainability & Environmental Protection

10.00 AM
REACH Follow-Up and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
Kerstin Heitmann, Compliance for Chemicals, DE

10.30 AM
Combining Sustainability Data with Process Cost Information - an Automated Tool for a Pretreatment Line
Dr. Stephan Winkels, Henkel Corporation, US

11.00 AM
Coffee & Contacts

11.30 AM
Mission:Zero - Strategies for a Sustainable Paint Shop at Audi

Johannes Karwey, Audi AG, DE

12.00 PM
Stellantis' Answer to CO2 Challenge
Richard Caetano, Stellantis, FR; Dominik Flick, Stellantis, DE

12.30 PM
The CO2-free Day Project: Perspectives and Potentially Available Future Technologies – A Holistic Analysis of the Different Alternatives
Luigi Lazzari; Nicolò Mariotti, GeicoTaikisha, IT

1.00 PM

2.15 PM
Toyota´s Development Strategy for Paint Process Carbon Neutrality
Zoltan Horvath, Toyota Motor Europe, BE

2.45 PM
Measurement of Cost and CO2 in the Paint Shop
Dr. Tanja Renkes, Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG, DE

3.15 PM
Reduce- Replace- Reengineer: An Overview of JLRs Approach to CO2 Targets and Energy Reduction within the Paint Shop
Dave Green, Jaguar Land Rover Limited,UK

3.45 PM
Coffee & Contacts

4.15 PM
Paint Shop of the Future
Sustainable Paint Shop
- Economical Paint Shop
- Digitalization of the Paint Shop (Big Data)
- Customer Centric Paint Shop
- Paint Shop without Paint

6.30 PM
Departure to Networking Night

7.00 PM
Networking Night at Spreespeicher, Berlin

10.00 PM
Shuttle Service back to the Hotel


THURSDAY, June 30, 2022


SESSION I (Part 2): Sustainability & Environmental Protection

9.00 AM
Energy Challenges in Paint Shop: Optimization and Kaizen Actions to Reduce Global Footprint
Katell Lavisse, Bruno Bourgois, Group Renault, FR

9.30 AM
Innovative Technology and Digital Products Lead to Sustainable Processes in the Paint Shop
Jens Reiner, Dürr Systems AG, DE

10.00 AM
Design of Sustainable Paint Shops for the Future
Armin Staib, Drees & Sommer, DE; Jörg Onken, Onken-Consulting, DE

10.30 AM
Coffee & Contacts

SESSION II: Paint Shop of the Future and up-coming Technologies

11.00 AM
Presentation of the Workshop-Results

12.00 AM
The Paint Shop of the Future ... Now
Grzegorz Plonka, Stellantis, DE; Pier Luigi Gatti, Stellantis, IT


1.45 PM
EcoSealJet Pro -  a New Method for Sealing
Robert Schmidt, Volkswagen AG, DE; Dr. Pavel Svejda, Dürr Systems AG, DE

2.15 PM
Individualized Color Solutions with Efficient Processes
Alex Ledbury, Bentley Motors Limited, GB; Martin Steinmüller, Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG, DE

2.45 PM
Andrea Huber, Automotive Circle, DE

Program is subject to change. Status as of: June 14, 2022

The conference addresses

  • Paint shop managers
  • Division managers, department heads and those with strategic responsibility at automotive manufacturers and their suppliers
  • Service providers such as paint and chemical manufacturers, plant engineers and consultants
  • Authorities and institutes

participating companies

  • ABB AG, Unternehmensbereich Robotics, DE
  • Allnex Netherlands B.V., NL 
  • ArcelorMittal Global R&D, FR
  • Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH, DE
  • Atlas Copco IAS GmbH, DE
  • Audi AG, DE
  • Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • Axalta Coating Systems UK Limited, GB
  • BASF Coatings GmbH, DE
  • Bentley Motors Limited, GB  
  • Birla Carbon Europe GmbH, DE
  • BMW AG Werk Landshut, DE
  • Brenntag GmbH, DE
  • BYK-Chemie GmbH, DE  
  • Carlisle Fluid Technologies Germany GmbH, DE
  • Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH, DE   
  • Covestro Deutschland AG, DE
  • Donglai Coating Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., CN
  • Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE  
  • Drees & Sommer SE, DE   
  • Dürr Systems AG, DE   
  • Eftec AG, CH   
  • EFTEC Sarl, FR   
  • Fluid-Bag Ltd., FI
  • GE&PM GmbH, DE   
  • Geico S.p.A in Alliance with Taikisha Ltd., IT
  • GeicoTaikisha GmbH, DE
  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, DE   
  • Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center, JP
  • Hyundai Motor Company, KR  
  • Ingenieurbüro Onken-Consulting, DE  
  • INL International Iberian Nanotechnology, PT
  • Jaguar Land Rover Group Ltd., GB  
  • Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik    AG & Co. KG, AT
  • Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), DE
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG, DE  
  • Mercedes Benz Vans, DE
  • Merck KGaA, DE
  • Pfinder KG, DE   
  • PSA Automobiles SA, FR   
  • REHAU Automotive, DE   
  • Renault S.A.S., Le Technocentre Renault, FR
  • Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Pampus GmbH, DE
  • Sames Kremlin GmbH, DE  
  • SAR Group, DE
  • Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA, DE  
  • Sika Technology AG, CH  
  • Stellantis, IT
  • Stellantis, DE
  • Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA Technical Centre Zaventem [B], BE
  • Volkswagen AG, DE   
  • Volvo Car Corporation, SE   
  • Wandres GmbH micro-cleaning, DE   
  • Wenker GmbH & Co. KG, DE

Status as of: June 13, 2022

exhibitors and sponsors on site

Brenntag Logo

Brenntag GmbH

Your contact:

Michael Best

Water Treatment / Business Development


Your contact:

Silvia Rho

Communication & CSR Assistant



Your contact:

Sébastien Salze


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!

Information on Exhibition and Sponsoring

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Exhibition Floor Plan

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Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

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Further information on the the exhibition 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

Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof

Budapester Strasse 25 10787 Berlin Germany

+49 (0)30 2696-0

Hotel Reservation
Accommodation is available at the Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof Hotel. We kindly remind you to make your own hotel reservation as soon as possible as the hotel capacities are limited and early booked. Please make your reservation until June 3, 2022. The price is 159,00€ per night per single room including breakfast.

Please book via the hotel’s website: Hotel booking

Further hotel recommendations:

  • InterContinental Berlin (5 minutes walk)
  • Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre (5 minutes walk)
  • Hotel Palace (10 minutes walk)
  • Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz (10 minutes walk)
  • Novotel Hotel am Tiergarten (20 minutes walk)



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

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

Date & Venue

Conference: June 29-30, 2022

Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof
Budapester Strasse 25
10787 Berlin

T. +49 (0)30 2696-0

Accommodation is available at the conference hotel. We kindly remind you to make your own hotel reservation as soon as possible as the hotel capacities are limited and early booked. Please make your reservation until June 3, 2022. The price is 159,00€ per night per single room including breakfast.

Please book via the hotel’s website. The link will be provided here soon.

Participation Fee



1.795,00 €

for registrations received by March 28, 2022


1.995,00 €

for registrations received by May 31, 2022


2.095,00 €

for registrations received after May 31, 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 language is English.


Fees will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received by May 31, 2022. 50 % of the conference fees will be refunded in case notification of cancellation is received later, but not later than June 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

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, DE, March 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 our general hygienic concept for the latest information.

The regulations for Berlin apply.

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