Joining in Car Body Engineering North America 2024




From its current global shift towards vehicle electrification to its increasingly ambitious digitalization and sustainability goals, the automotive industry keeps evolving. And joining technologies are the glue that holds everything together – often quite literally. The rising number of cast parts, the growing variety of battery housings, they all require new joining solutions. But not only are the applications for joining technologies increasing – they often play an essential role in the success of each of these developments.

About the conference

Each year, the Automotive Circle brings together its leading network of international engineering experts in Rochester, Michigan, USA 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.

Don’t miss any updates by following our Automotive Circle LinkedIn Group for Joining Technologies!


Insightful Technical Presentations

Our line up of industry experts will share their knowledge and vision, shedding light on the latest advancements and emerging trends.

Outstanding Networking Opportunities

Connect with fellow automotive engineers, industry pioneers, and decision-makers from leading automotive companies and suppliers worldwide.

Accompanying Exhibition

Gain direct access to cutting-edge products and services that are relevant for car body engineering.

Meet the Speakers

Receive access to renowned speakers and thought leaders and also have the unique opportunity to personally engage with them.

Program Excerpt

Have a look at the program excerpt featuring the technical presentation titles and companies that will be taking the stage to share their insights and expertise.

Publication of session titles and timings is planned in December 2023.


  • 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.

  • ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Americas, US
  • Coherix, US
  • DuPont, US
  • Dürr Systems, US
  • Ford Werke GmbH, DE
  • Fraunhofer IPM, DE
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE
  • Gaming Engineering, FR
  • General Motors Company, US
  • Gestamp, US
  • Gonzalez Production Systems, US
  • Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, US
  • Howmet Fastening Systems, US
  • Lessmüller Lasertechnik GmbH, DE
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US
  • Ohio State University, US
  • PPG Industries, US
  • Semblex, US
  • Stanley Engineering Fastening, DE/US
  • Stellantis, IT
  • TOX Pressotechnik LLC, US
  • Volkswagen AG, DE
  • Volvo Car Corporation, SE

International OEM Advisory board

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

Holger Schubert


Anthony Leanza

Honda Development and Manufacturing of America

Bryan Macek

Stellantis, US

Carsten Sieverling

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Dr. Blair Carlson

General Motors Company

Dr. Stephanie M. Robertson

Volvo Car Corporation

Todd Mueller

Ford Motor Company

WeiJie Zhang

Rivian, US

Christian Borowetz

Volkswagen AG

Exhibition & Sponsoring

Exhibitors and 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

More Information

Participation fee

Trust rate

Participation fee

1.999 USD*


Early Bird

Participation fee

2.099 USD*

for registrations received by January 26, 2023


Participation fee

2.190 USD*

for registrations received after January 26, 2023

*all prices net

Detailed information available under Prices, Terms & Conditions.


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 27-28, 2024

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 rates are available at $180 exclusive of tax and fees fees per night. More reservation information will be available soon.

Participation Fee

1.999 USD*
for registrations received by november 26, 2023
2.099 USD*
for registrations received by january 26, 2024
2.199 USD*
for registrations received after january 26, 2024

*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 30, 2024. 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 February 30, 2024. Should notification reach us after Febraury 13, 2024, 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.

Invitation Letters

Please contact us if you need invitation letters for visa requirements. We will be happy to assist with this after we have received your registration. There requests are usually handled by us within 2 working days and we typically send the invitation letters out as a PDF file via eMail. If you require an original letter we can send it out by regular mail. Please understand that if you need letters sent via express mail that we have to further the delivery and handling costs to you.

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, November 2024.

Your Contacts

Dr. Sibylle Freitag


+49 511 9910-316

Annika Filff

Senior Event Manager

+49 511 9910-374

Frauke Haentsch

Director Sales

+49 511 9910-340