Under the Hood 2015 :: Programme
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Day 1- 7th May 2015

08.45    Registration and refreshments


09.15    Chairman’s opening remarks



09.30    From plastics to parking sensors : developments across the automotive value chain

  • Global macroeconomic overview
  • Changing dynamics of the automotive industry: market focus
  • Changing dynamics of the automotive industry: technology focus
  • Automotive plastics: key market and pricing trends
  • Summary of the impacts through the value chain

Remko Koster, Senior Principle Analyst, Polyolefins, IHS Chemical
Eric Fedewa, Director, Global Components Forecasts and Analysis, IHS Automotive


10.00    Decreasing costs and weight with polymers under the Hood.

  • To reach future weight targets without exceeding cost targets the use of new lightweight compounds can offer can be a possible solution.
  • Examples showing how to achieve the weight target within target cost with light weight compounds
  • Improved flow behavior lead to an extended room for design solutions and design to lightweight
  • A business case model can be used to evaluate the impact on cost and weight before starting a design phase or to sell light weight solutions

Dr Thomas Knetsch, Associated Polymer Expert at PA Perfect Cost Grid, PA Consulting




10.30  An effective material concept for a new generation of battery supports within premium class cars

  • Very High quality and safety standards of modern automotive industry, imply highest demands on all the materials used.
  •  The importance of the ease of processing and design freedom of plastics.
  • The development and production of a safety-relevant part made of a filled thermoplastic material (battery support)
  • A look at the criteria for the selection of filled thermoplastic material, the injection molding process, subsequent processes and the necessary qualification tests

Melanie MennigkeBusiness Development Manager, INVISTA Engineering Polymer Solutions

Werner Posch, Plastics Material ManagementDräxlmaier Group 


11.00    Morning refreshments


11.30    Use of specific plastic materials for mechatronic parts in the engine compartment

  • Actuators for powertrain applications.
  • Possibilities to substitute metal with specific plastic materials.
  • Examples for the use of plastic materials in specific components, e.g. for turbo charger control applications.
  • Challenges in powertrain applications

Jan Schiller, Director Global Development Actuators, Woco


12.00    Joint question and answer session


12.30    Lunch


13.30  A general overview of polymers used in the engine compartment and a specific case study about an engine cover application.

  • High performance polymers used for the harsh under the hood environment - lightweight polymers and how they are eliminating the use of metal in many applications
  • A look at an engine cover application – demonstrating the latest technologies in under the hood plastics application

Davide Roncato, Plastics Specialist, Fiat

Eligio Martini, President, Groupo MAIP


14.00 High performance aliphatic long-chain polyamides (LCPA) for UTH applications

•   Becoming a leader in LCPA though recent investments & capacity increases

•   Case studies :

-       Rilsan S (PA6.10): Lower moisture uptake and superior chemical resistance compared to PA66

-       Rilsan T (PA10.10): Higher thermal and hot biodiesel resistance compared to PA12

•   Going further in thermal & chemical resistance with long-chain PPA

Uwe-Michael Jakobs, Business development manager Germany & Nordics, Arkema


14.30    Afternoon refreshments


15.00 An under the hood application of thermoplastic composites: Thermoplastic (nano composite) substitute for traditional steel /aluminum casting

  • Substitution of metals by thermoplastics offers weight savings, however their use for under-the-hood applications is restricted on account of their ‘poor’ impact performance
  • Thermoplastic nanocomposites can improve the impact performance of components without added weight penalties
  • However suitable grades of nanocomposites are not available on open market and often have to be developed based on the application at hand
  • The presentation is based on the study of development of three phase polyamide nanocomposite grades for Oil pans.

Rishi Abhyankar Centre for Automotive Transport, Cranfield University  


15.30  Joint Q&A session for the morning’s presenters


16.00    Chair summary of the day


16.15    Networking drinks reception for all attendees



Day 2 - 8th May 2015


08.45    Registration and refreshments


09.20    Chairman’s opening remarks


09.30    A glimpse into the near future: autonomous driving.  How can the plastics industry profit from the next generation of vehicles on our roads?

Driverless cars are a reality: the projections over the next 10, 20 and 50 years time

Potential advantages and obstacles to autonomous vehicles on our roads

How can the plastics industry leverage this opportunity and profit from the new age of vehicle use?

Christian Hainz, Automotive Analyst Team Leader, Ernst & Young


10.00    Design: 'Being Decent in the Dark' – how what is under the hood should emulate the power and spirit of the vehicle.

  • The world of multi-powertrain possibilities of today; from full electric to hybrid to petrol driven motors.
  • How the visual impact of the power plant is very important to the vehicle's overall Brand message.
  • What should Electric look like vs. Diesel? Capturing the product's spirit in the dark, and how it needs to be cohesive to the rest.

Dave Hilton, Consultant and Former Head of Exterior Design, Bentley / Design Director, MotorCityEurope.com



10.30    Morning refreshments



11.00    Innovative engines air intake filtration solution with synthetic media

  • Overview of the air intake for engine
  • Mecaplast synthetic solution for air intake
  • Validation made, advantage compare to paper
  • Mass production
  • 100% synthetic filter without PU seal

Philippe Pineau, R&D Engineer, Automotive Engine Parts, Mecaplast


11.30    Potential applications and challenges of fibre-reinforced thermoplastics for under the hood applications

  • Basic introduction of composite characteristics and main impact factors
  • Technologies for processing thermoplastic composite
  • Exemplary process chains
  • Conclusion with main challenges and potentials of fibre reinforced thermoplastics

Clemens Buschhoff, Research Manager, Fiber-Reinforced Plastics, Fraunhofer Institut für Produktions Technologie IPT


12.00 Joint Q&A session for the morning’s presenters


12.30 LUNCH


13.30    Developing leak-tight and heavy-duty connections under the hood

Siegfried Kaiser, Director, Kunststoff Institut



14.00 New high heat resistant thermoplastics from DSM for Air Inductions Systems in Turbo Engines

  • New polymer technologies under the hood marking a major step forward in the use of thermoplastics in automotive high-heat zones
  • A look at air inductions systems in turbo engines using thermoplastics
  • The next generation of thermoplastics under the hood – a look to the future  

Christian KilgusBusiness Development ManagerDSM Engineering Plastics


14.30    Afternoon refreshments


15.00 Delivering performance thermoplastic through leading glass fiber solutions

  • The use of glass fiber under the hood: enabling economical vehicle light weighting through new glass reinforcement solutions.
  • A look at a newly developed glass fiber that enables higher glass loadings, paving the way for new applications requiring greater performance levels.
  • A look to future use of glass fiber under the hood

Geoffrey Gendebien, Thermoplastic Product Manager, Owens Corning



15.30    Crash simulation methods for polymer parts

  • Analysis of the crash suitability of thermoplastics
  • Crash simulation of non-reinforced and reinforced thermoplastic parts
  • Material data determination for crash simulations
  • Application of optical deformation and strain measurement techniques
  • Advancement of material models in particular regarding the modelling of failure

 Jan Klein, Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV)


16.00  Joint Q & A session

16.15    Chair summary of the day and close of conference


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