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

Sustainability in Automotive Production

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With the general restructuring of the automobile industry towards emission-free propulsion vehicles fully underway, climate-neutral, environmentally friendly production of automobiles clearly is the next big challenge to be addressed.

The set of final goals is clear and generally agreed upon:

What is less clear is the specific routes and timelines to reach these goals.

This is what the new Automotive Circle Networking Event on Sustainability in Automotive Production aims to address, in an annual network meeting where relevant experts and key decision makers are invited to share their views on the change towards a more sustainable automotive future and to exchange technical, non-competitive information on advancements and challenges in the development and implementation of sustainability measures in the automotive industry, all this in an inspiring, discussion-stimulating setting.

The event will feature invited contributions only, by automotive OEMs, their suppliers as well as research institutions, on topics such as

Check out the full conference program under "Program" below.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Bad Nauheim, Germany this autumn!

Let's go viral by using our Hashtag:  #ACSustainability

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

8.45 am

Welcome and conference introduction

Franziska Moennig
Director Automotive Circle
Automotive Circle, DE

OEM sustainability strategies

9.15 am

Volvo Car’s sustainable materials strategy 

Dr. Linnea Petersson
Manager Sustainable Materials Strategy
Volvo Car Corporation, SE

9.45 am

The sustainable factory using the example of an automotive component plant: How the Landshut foundry reprocesses and recycles process materials

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Klinkenberg
Advisor Circularity, Maintenance and Tooling
BMW Group, DE
Klaus Sammer
Head of Maintenance, Toolmaking; Light Metal Casting Technology Center Landshut Plant
BMW Group, DE

10.15 am

Meet the Speakers & Coffee and Contacts


Battery recycling

10.45 am

Dismantling of high-voltage batteries for the recycling process in large-scale production - opportunities and risks

Subsequent in depth panel discussion with:

  • Frank Stumpf, Operations and Managing Director, Fortum Batterie Recycling GmbH, DE
  • Peter Meißner, CEO, PRIOREC GmbH / Head of Business Development BÜCHL Firmengruppe, DE
  • Rainer Wittich, Chairman of the Management Board, EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, DE


Ralf Pfitzenmaier
Head of Forming Tools Technology
EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, DE

Scope 2

11.45 am

Paint shop of the future: Holistic approach in paint shop design for increased efficiency and CO2-neutral production

Jens Oliver Reiner
Vice President R&D and Product Management, Paint and Final Assembly Systems
Dürr Systems AG, DE

12.15 pm

Meet the Speakers & Lunch break



1.30 pm

Porsche's sustainability strategy - about the necessity for constant change

Albrecht Reimold
Member of the Executive Board, Production and Logistics
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE

Material considerations

2.15 pm

Addressing sustainability challenges through materials innovation

Dr. Isotta Cerri
PhD, Head of Material Engineering
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, BE

2.45 pm

Sustainability considerations on alloying elements for automotive steels

Prof. Dr. Hardy Mohrbacher
Founder and CEO
Niobelcon B.V., BE

3.15 pm

Meet the Speakers & Coffee and Contacts


Focus on steel

4.00 pm

Steel maker’s strategies and roadmaps for defossilisation:
Presentations by

  • Dr. Peter Juchmann, Plant Manager, Team member Project SALCOS (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking), Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, DE
  • Thomas Hörnfeldt, Vice President Sustainable Business, SSAB Group, SE
  • Dr. Carmen Ostwald, Head of Business Development bluemint® Steel, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, DE

- Subsequent in depth panel discussion -



5.30 pm

Sustainability strategies – thriving in transformation

Christoph Stürmer
Partner, Head of Automotive Practice
Vindelici Advisors AG, DE

6.00 pm

Meet the Speakers & Get Together

7.00 pm

Networking Night

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Circular Economy

8.30 am

Closing the loop with recycling materials – how to secure access to strategic recycled raw materials

Alexander Maak
Managing Director
Interzero Circular Solutions Germany, DE

9.00 am

How circular economy principles lead to a compact vehicle study focussing on sustainability

Sebastian Geithner
Head of Project Circularity – Body/Exterior/Interior
BMW Group, DE
Kevin Steppat
Assistant to Project Lead Circularity
BMW Group, DE

9.30 am

Introduction of the Ford aluminum closed loop system

Ilya Popov
Research Engineer
Ford Motor Company, DE 

10.15 am

Meet the Speakers & Coffee and Contacts

Focus on Aluminum

10.45 am

Strategies and roadmaps for the sustainable use of aluminum in the automotive industry:

Presentations by

  • Dr. Patrick Böhler, Engineering Director Automotive Structures, Constellium, DE
  • Jamie Zinser, VP Global Automotive, Novelis Inc., US
  • Dr. Stuart Wiesner, Head of R&D, Aluminium Rheinfelden Alloys GmbH, DE
  • Dr. Thomas Rudlaff, CEO, Alumobility, CH [Discussion only]

Subsequent in depth panel discussion

12.15 pm

Meet the Speakers & Lunch break


Benchmarking sustainability

1.30 pm

Zero Impact Factory: Innovative KPI system for measuring and controlling environmental impacts of VW factories worldwide

Dr. Jens Warsen
Environmental Strategy and Data
Volkswagen AG, DE


2.00 pm

Scope 3 emission reduction - challenges and opportunities for automotive tier 1 suppliers

Dr. James Taylor
R&T Manager
Autoneum Management AG, CH

2.30 pm

Life cycle sustainability of composite materials in automotive

Dr. Kristian Seidel
Senior Manager Technology
Teijin Automotive Technologies Wuppertal GmbH, DE

3.00 pm

Plastic Omnium path to sustainable mobility  Garance Bussiere
Plastic Omnium S.A., FR

3.30 pm

Conclusion & farewell address

Dr. Dirk Meine
Automotive Circle, DE

3.45 pm

End of conference


Conference program is subject to change.
Status as of November 25, 2022

participating companies

  • A2MAC1 Lab Electronics & Costing, DE
  • Aluminium Rheinfelden Alloys GmbH, DE
  • Alumobility, CH
  • Audi AG, DE
  • Autoneum Management AG, CH
  • BASF Coatings GmbH, DE
  • BENTELER Automobiltechnik GmbH, DE
  • Blaser Swisslube AG, CH
  • BMW Group, DE
  • Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH, DE
  • Constellium, DE
  • Constellium France SAS, FR
  • DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, DE
  • DuPont, CH
  • Dürr Systems AG, DE
  • eacc euro advanced carbon fiber composites GmbH, DE
  • EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • eepos GmbH, DE
  • EXSTO Thermoplastics SAS, FR
  • Ford Motor Company, DE
  • Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, DE
  • Hutchinson GmbH, DE
  • Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH, DE
  • imat-uve, DE
  • Interzero Circular Solutions Germany, DE
  • Kobelco Europe GmbH, DE
  • KSM Castings Group GmbH, DE
  • KUKA Deutschland GmbH, DE
  • Mercedes-Benz AG, DE
  • Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy - Ajoneuvo- ja kuljetustekniikka C-siipi, FI
  • Niobelcon B.V., BE
  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe, GB
  • Novelis AG, CH
  • Novelis Inc., US
  • Novelis Switzerland SA, CH
  • Outokumpu Nirosta GmbH, DE
  • Plastic Omnium Auto Components GmbH, DE
  • Plastic Omnium S.A., FR
  • Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Pampus GmbH, DE
  • Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, DE
  • SSAB Group, SE
  • Stellantis Opel Automobile GmbH, DE
  • Teijin Automotive Technologies Wuppertal GmbH, DE
  • tesa S.E., DE
  • ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, DE
  • Total Materia AG
  • Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, BE
  • Vindelici Advivors AG, DE
  • Vitesco Technologies GmbH, DE
  • Volkswagen AG, DE
  • Volvo Car Corporation, SE
  • Volvo Car Gent NV, BE


Status as of November 4, 2022



The conference addresses

  • Automotive engineers and experts at OEMs and OES worldwide who are involved in sustainability-related decision making
  • Representatives of relevant academic and related institutes as well as other experts for sustainable industry solutions

Exhibitors and sponsors on site

Novelis Inc.

Your contact:

Natalia Freeman


eepos GmbH

Your contact:

Volkhardt Mücher



SSAB Europe

Your contact:

Johan Lundin



Total Materia AG

Your contact:

Neil Baumann


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 (further information will follow soon)!

Your Contact:

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

Exhibition & Sponsoring Flyer incl. booking form

PDF | 350 KB


Exhibition Floor Plan

PDF | 168 KB


Terms & Conditions Exhibiton and Sponsoring

PDF | 129.1 KB


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:


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).



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.

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 December 2, 2022

Prices, Terms & Conditions

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

T +49 511 9910-378
F +49 511 9910-379


Date & Venue

Conference: November 29-30, 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 September 9, 2022


1.895 €*

for registrations received by October 29, 2022


1.995 €*

for registrations received after October 29, 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

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. Please note that the contents of lecturers 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 October 29, 2022. Please understand that event preparation and organization involve financial and human resources. Therefore a fee of 50% of the participation fee will be charged, if the notification of cancellation is received after October 29, 2022. Should notification reach us after November 14, 2022, or in case of non-participation, 100% of the participation fee will be charged. 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

jarnoverdonk/; NicoElNino/; Hotel Dolce Bad Nauheim; 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, October 2022

Your Contacts

Franziska Moennig

Director Presidium

Dr. Sibylle Freitag


Dr. Dirk Meine


Jeanette Timner

Jeanette Timner

Senior Event Manager

We are looking forward to your registration:


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