Conference Programme

DAY ONE: Wednesday 5 February 2020 09:00 - 17:00

Introduction Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK)

SESSION ONE: Market and technology trends

E-mobility and its impact on textiles and nonwovens 
Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive PartnerSchlegel & Partners (Germany)

Preparing for total transformation - findings from the latest TMS Automotive Textiles Report
Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK)

The Rinspeed MicroSNAP concept car
Friedrich Suchomel, Product DevelopmentLenzing AG (Austria)

Vehicles of the future - the road to effective collaboration, case studies of SMEs finding and working with partners in the automotive supply chain 
Deborah Maxwell, Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson (UK)

Forum discussion Session One 

SESSION TWO: Interior innovations for the next generation of passenger cars

Particle-inclusion technology for enhanced cabin air filtration
Matthew Tipper, Business Director, NIRI (UK)

Long-lasting performance textiles to meet requirements of car-sharing development
Mark Dohmen,
Head of Competence Centre, Archroma (Germany)

A novel finishing process for improved automobile interior hygiene by particle binding to fabric and surface interfaces
Patrick Cronin, Technical Director, Mica NanoTech (MNT) Ltd (Ireland)

HAPTIC additive 3D coatings for textiles
Thomas Schmidt,
Director of Innovation and RSL, Huafeng Textile Technology Solutions (China)

3D flat-knit fabrics suitable for car interiors
Paul Stollberger, Member of the BoardKobleder GmbH (Austria) with Thomas RademacherHead of Development, Trevira GmbH (Germany)

Forum discussion Session Two

DAY TWO: Thursday 6 February 2020 09:00 - 17:00

Textile-related tour of the manufacturing facilities on site at Jaguar Land Rover which will finish in the electrification showroom where future technologies and the I Pace will be discussed

SESSION THREE: Reducing weight and meeting the challenges of sustainable manufacturing 

The opportunities and challenges for high-volume composite solutions
Alice SwallowInnovation APC / IUK Consortium Project LeadFord Motor Company

Reducing weight and consumption of plastics with a novel sustainable technology
Christian Fischer, CEO & Co-Founder, Bcomp Ltd (Switzerland)

Recycling of mixed-fibre waste (Interreg project)
Laura Kunze, Project Manager Colour & Trim Development, imat-uve gmbh (Germany)

Challenges and benefits of upcycling polyester for automotive applications 
Speaker tba
Sinterama spa (Italy) 

Other presentations will address the following topics:

- Acoustic insulation - Fuel filters/exhaust filters - Safety features

Forum discussion Session Three

SESSION FOUR: Smart textiles and integrated electronics 

Polyolefin-coated fabric for upholstery 
Mirela Tury PastoriniEmerging Business ManagerBorealis Polyolefine GmbH (Austria)

Textile-based sensor integration 
Ross Ward,
New Business Development Manager, NIRI (UK)

Electroactive fibres for smart automotive interiors
Miguel Ribeiro, R&D ManagerCentre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) (Portugal)

Novel textiles for thermal comfort and sensing aimed at the automotive sector
Raquel Ledo BañobreHead of Materials Innovation AreaCTAG – Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (Spain)

Other presentations will address the following topics:

- Composite reinforcements - Structural components - Battery/fuel cell components - Tyre components - Integrated sensors and displays

Forum discussion Session Four

Conference closing remarks
Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair







The conference programme incorporates a tour of the manufacturing facilities at Jaguar Land Rover, West Bromwich on the morning of the second day of the conference. The facilities are co-located with the conference venue at the Jaguar Experience Centre. The textile-related tour will finish in the electrification showroom where future technologies and the I Pace will be discussed.

Programme correct as of 2 December 2019. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to amend the programme as necessary.