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Joining in Car Body Engineering

The North America Network

Making change work

The only constant in life is change. This is certainly true for the automotive industry, which is currently once again reinventing itself on multiple levels – from a global shift toward vehicle electrification, to a huge increase in digitalization, to an ever-growing understanding of the necessity to produce sustainable products in a sustainable way.

All these changes may seem challenging or even daunting at times, but in the end, there is only one productive way to respond if you want to move forward, and that is to make them work.

When it comes to the body shop, a key role in making changes work is played by the joining technologies. They enable the growing number of advanced mixed material and lightweight design concepts, as well as the integration of new materials and additional components such as battery housings into the car body structure. They help meet sustainability targets and play an integral role in the growing digitalization infrastructure.

About the conference

Each year, the Automotive Circle brings together its leading network of international engineering experts at this conference, to share and discuss their latest technical progress reports and application-oriented innovations concerning all relevant joining technologies for series production in the body shop which are relevant to the North American market.

Group discounts

Save up to 15%! Benefit from our group discounts when registering 3 or more people at the same time from the same company! For further details, have a look at our “prices, terms & conditions”.

Save the Date for 2024

In 2024 the conference will take place from February 27-28 in Rochester, MI, so mark this date already in your calendar!

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Why you should attend this conference


February 14-15, 2023

Venue & Travel


Conference Agenda


  • Car body engineers, managers and employees of OEM
  • Suppliers and service providers
  • Experts from institutes

All responsible for joining projects in the areas of pre-development, development, planning and production.

  • Aisin Technical Center of America Inc., USA
  • ArcelorMittal Global R&D, USA
  • Arconic Inc., USA
  • Arnold Fastening Systems Inc., USA
  • ARO Welding Technologies Inc., USA
  • ARO Welding Technologies S.A.S., FR
  • ArtiFlex Manufacturing, USA
  • Atlas Copco Industrial Assembly Solutions LLC, USA
  • AutoForm Engineering USA, Inc., USA
  • BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC, USA
  • Bollhoff Inc., USA
  • Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH, DE
  • CenterLine Limited, CA
  • Civan Advanced Technologies, IL
  • Coherix, Inc., USA
  • Commonwealth Rolled Products, USA
  • DSW Automotive Ltd., GB
  • Dupont, USA
  • Dürr System Inc., USA
  • EJOT Fastening System L.P., USA
  • Ewellix, USA
  • Ford Motor Company, USA
  • Ford-Werke GmbH, DE
  • Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE
  • General Motors Company, USA
  • Gonzalez Production Systems, USA
  • Henkel Corporation, USA
  • Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, USA
  • Howmet Fastening Systems, USA
  • Hyundai Motor Company, KR
  • Jinhap, KR
  • KTH Parts Industries Inc., USA
  • L&L Poducts, Inc., USA
  • Laserline Inc., USA
  • Lucid USA, Inc., USA
  • Magna International of America, USA
  • Mercedes-Benz Group AG, DE
  • Mercedes-Benz, USA
  • MJ LEE Technical Insight LLC, USA
  • Novelis Corporation, USA
  • Oshkosh Corporation, USA
  • PPG Industries, Inc., USA
  • Precitec Inc., USA
  • Profil North America, USA
  • RIFAST Systems LLC, USA
  • Scansonic Tech Center, USA
  • Semblex Corporation, USA
  • Sika Corporation, USA
  • Sika Schweiz AG, CH
  • STANLEY Engineered Fastening, USA
  • Stellantis FCA US LLC, USA
  • The Ohio State University, USA
  • TOX Pressotechnik GmbH & Co. KG, DE
  • TOX Pressotechnik L.L.C., USA
  • Trumpf Inc. USA
  • TUCKER GmbH, a Division of STANLEY Engineered Fastening, DE

Status as of: January 25, 2023

International OEM Advisory board “North America”

The Automotive Circle and OEM Advisory Board of the Joining in Car Body Engineering Conference, consisting of experts from the following brands and companies:

Exhibition & Sponsoring

Exhibitors & Sponsors on site

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!

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.

Check out the various exhibition and sponsoring options!

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

T +49 511 9910-340

Participation Details


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

T +49 511 9910 – 378
T USA +1 248 331 9567
F +49 511 9910 – 379

Date & Venue

February 14-15, 2023

Royal Park Hotel
600 E University Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48307
United States

Phone: +1 248-652-2600
Toll Free: +1 800-339-2761


Accommodation is available at the conference hotel.

We kindly ask you to make your own hotel reservation at the conference hotel. Rooms are available for USD 173.00 per night (plus tax). Please use this digital lik for booking:

Hotel Reservation (online reservation will be available soon)

or call or email Royal Park Hotel at +1 (800) 339-2761, reservations@royalparkhotel.net. Please refer to: “Joining in Car Body Engineering”.

Guests may cancel reservations without penalty, ten days prior to arrival.

Participation Fee

On site participation:

 for registrations received by November 13, 2022
 for registrations received by January 13, 2023
 for registrations received after January 13, 2023

All prices net.
Students will get 50 % discount on standard prices on presentation of a valid student ID.

Benefit from our group booking rates and get a 10% discount when registering 3 or 4 people or 15% discount when registering 5 or more people from the same company at the same time. The discount refers to the respective participant fee. You can choose this option during the registration process.

The access data for the digital conference participation will be send out via E-Mail approx. one week prior the conference. The prerequisite for this is that all payments have been recieved in full.

Participation fee includes

On site participation: Fees including full conference participation, incl. conference materials and list of delegates, the authority for downloading the presentation on the internet, luncheons, catering, the participation in the evening networking event and on-demand access to the presentation videos for 2 weeks after the conference.


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 January 13, 2023. 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 January 13, 2023. Should notification reach us after January 30, 2023, 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).

If the digital event has to be canceld 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.

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.

Hannover, Germany, January 2023.

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 2-3 weeks before the conference in detail.

Documents needed for admission

No special documents needed for admission.

Social distancing
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.

Face coverings
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 December 2, 2022


Review of the Conference 2022
Review of the Conference 2018

Your Contacts


Dr. Sibylle Freitag


T +49 511 9910-316

Conference Organization

Jeanette Timner

Senior Event Manager

T +49 511 9910-378

Conference Organization

Annika Lindenberg

Senior Event Manager

T +49 511 9910-376

Exhibition, Sponsoring

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

T +49 511 9910-340


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