Conference Programme

DAY ONE: Wednesday 5 February 2020 09:00 - 18:00

Introduction Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK)

Keynote presentation: Designing for a responsible future
Amy FrascellaDesign Director Colour and Materials, Jaguar Land Rover (UK) followed by Q&A

Coverage and rationale


Why now?

The automotive industry, whether public or private, cars, buses, or goods vehicles, is facing in the next decade the most disruptive transformation in its history. The advent of autonomous driving, electric vehicles, restrictions on car use in urban areas, lightweighting, environmental regulations, end-of-life recycling, safety and in-vehicle health monitoring, the call for reductions in emissions and noise, as well as the sustainable use and re-use of materials, and associated changes in legislation are all driving revolutionary changes. A new era of urban mobility is upon us with the advent of driverless/autonomous electric vehicles and vehicle sharing as opposed to ownership. These​ will impact directly on the manufacture, use and development of textiles in this sector.

Speaker interviews


Ahead of the conference, we sat down to talk with Ford Motor Company's Light Weighting Innovations Manager, Alan Banks.

We discuss the importance of lightweight materials for the production of hybrid and electric vehicles, the need for a composites supply chain that can cope with the demands of mass production, and the importance of developing technologies and strategies for the recycling of composite automotive parts at the end of their working lives.

Presentation abstracts

Silke Brand-Kirsch Executive Partner, Schlegel & Partner (Germany)


Title of presentation: E-mobility and its impact on textiles and nonwovens

Speaker biographies

Friedrich Suchomel 
Product Development, Lenzing AG (Austria)


Who should attend

Who should attend

Senior management responsible for the strategic implications of developments in the automotive industry, and technical staff involved in existing production as well as research and development of new products.

Why attend?

The conference will deliver information relevant to current and future trends, and the opportunity to network and make new contacts. The conference programme is designed to encourage the free-flow of discussion in the session forums, which continues in the exhibitor area during the breaks, lunches and evening reception. 

The conference organiser, International Newsletters Ltd has many years' experience in developing and running international conferences relevant to all commercial and research entities. Different to an academic meeting, our conferences attract attendees from a variety of backgrounds (initial R&D, start-ups, SMEs and established global enterprises). We provide a platform for the profitable exchange of ideas and a cost-effective source for technical and business development.

The conference committee brings extensive knowledge of technical textiles and nonwovens in this and many other sectors, with the ability and experience to put together a programme which will deliver a unique event to delegates.

To register as a delegate or event sponsor, please click here. Early booking is recommended as delegate places are limited and are selling fast.

Delegate registration and sponsorship

Please find below full details on delegate fees and how to register as a delegate for the Conference on Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry, 5-6 February 2020.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited and are selling fast.

Companies that wish to promote their products to our high-level international audience can take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities we offer - please see details below.


Venue and travel information

The conference will be held at the Jaguar Experience Centre near Birmingham, UK, a hub of the global automotive industry and the centre of significant commercial developments in many of these fields.

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