8th December 2016
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Plastics in Automotive Lightweighting Conference 2016
8th December 2016
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Plastics in Automotive Lightweighting Conference 2016
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Programme - 8th December 2016

08.30 Registration and networking

09.15 Welcome and introduction
Hamish Champ, Editor-PRW, Crain Communications

09.30 Keynote 1 - OEM strategies on lightweight materials
Ian Ray, Principal Engineer - Materials Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
 
10.00 Keynote 2 - Funding Lightweight Automotive Innovation
Ian Constance, Chief Executive, Advanced Propulsion Centre
  • The importance of lightweight in low carbon advanced propulsion: The Automotive Council’s strategic technologies
  • A holistic approach to lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Understanding the Supply Chain challenges
  • How funding automotive innovation supports the low carbon agenda
 
10.30 Tactical, strategic, and business model approaches to plastics in automotive lightweighting
Peter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability - Centre for Automotive Industry Research, Cardiff Business School
  • Three different degrees of material switching: tactical, strategic, and business model
  • Three different implications for the automotive material and component supply industry
  • Vehicle manufacturers are migrating towards business model approaches
11.00 Morning refreshments and networking
 
11.20 Reclaimed EOL Carbon fibres for Automotive sector Applications
Andrew Page, Business Development Manager - Chemicals and Polymers Department, Toyota Tsusho UK Ltd.
  • Supply and demand forecast for vCF
  • Sources of supply EOL CFRP 
  • Availability EOL CFRP
  • System Benefits
  • Processing and Applications
 
11.50 Composite Manufacturing Processes for High Volume Automotive Applications
Ken Kendall, Head of Structural Composites, WMG
  • Composite manufacturing processes, suited to high volume manufacture, are the subject of current developments within the supply base to the automotive industry
  • The range of material forms available suit a wide range of applications
  • These materials and processes will be reviewed and related to current research being carried out
 
12.20–13.20 Lunch and networking
 
13.20 Crash performance of low weight vehicles using composite structures
Kevin Lindsey, Technical Director, FAR-UK
  • Low cost crash structures
  • Design for cost effective weight saving
  • Comparison of aluminium and composite crash structures
  • Crash performance of low weight vehicles
 
13.50 Opportunities for Innovators – Securing Your Position in the Supply Chain
Jason Lessard, Patent Director, HGF Limited
  • Virtually any innovation in lightweighting that provides some form of competitive advantage can be protected against copying
  • Explore some of the factors to consider when deciding when and how to secure both registered and unregistered intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, know-how, designs and copyright) in order to secure your position in the supply chain
 
14.20 Class A and Structural Carbon Fiber Composites: Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Joseph J. Laux, Director of Business Development and Advanced Engineering (EU) -Lightweight Composites, Magna Exteriors 
  • Class A and Structural Carbon Fiber Components in Serial Production Today
  • New Developments in Carbon Fiber Composites
  • Potential Applications and Components for the Future
14.50 Afternoon refreshments and networking
 
15.10 High Volume Manufacturing of Composites Components for the Automotive Sector
Nick Warrior, Head of Composites Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • Polymer composite materials, when correctly designed, can offer significant weight savings over their steel and aluminium counterparts
  • Exploring the composites design and manufacturing routes applicable to the automotive sector
  • Approaches which can be used in niche-volume through to high-volume applications to deliver weight savings at realistic costs
 
15.40 Panel Discussion - Impact of circular economy on composites
Moderator: Hamish Champ, Editor-PRWCrain Communications
Peter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability - Centre for Automotive Industry Research, Cardiff Business School
Dr. Joseph J. Laux, Director of Business Development and Advanced Engineering (EU) -Lightweight Composites, Magna Exteriors 
Other Panellists TBC
 
16.20 Topic TBC
Speaker TBC
 
16.50 The evolution of the lightweight vehicle and the future of plastics in automotive
Christian Hainz, Senior Analyst-Automotive & Transportation, EY 
  • What will future lightweight vehicles look like and what are the opportunities for plastics?
  • While the lightweight vehicle is evolving will traditional materials fall behind?
 
17.20 Closing remarks followed by networking drinks
 
*Programme subject to change
 

If you are interested in speaking at the conference please contact Rathi Mohan on +44(0) 208 253 9623 or email rmohan@crain.com

 

 

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