Thanks for attending Textile Opportunities

The organisers would like to thank all attendees of the first conference on Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry.

We are pleased to have received such positive feedback from delegates, speakers and event supporters alike on the content and delivery of presentations and also the excellent venue.

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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.

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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

Amy Frascella
Director Colour & Materials Land Rover Design (UK) KEYNOTE

Leading the global, multi-disciplined Land Rover Colour & Materials team Amy directs programmes from Strategy to concept to production as well as Special Vehicle derivates and Bespoke & Personalisation work.

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