Conference Programme

The first set of confirmed speakers will deliver the following presentations:

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

3D flat-knit fabrics suitable for car interiors
Paul Stollberger, Member of the BoardKobleder GmbH (Austria) with 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: Novel products and applications (one) 

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

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

Reducing weight and consumption of plastics with a novel sustainable technology
Ebba Carlson, CMO & CFO, Bcomp Ltd (Switzerland)

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)

Other presentations will address the following topics:

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

Forum discussion Session Three

SESSION FOUR: Novel products and applications (two) 

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 an hour-long 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 14 October 2019. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to amend the programme as necessary.