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

SESSION ONE: Business and markets

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

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

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) followed by Q&A

SESSION TWO: Acoustic and thermal insulation

Acoustic modelling and material characterisation 
Kathy Beresford, Group R&D ManagerAutins Group plc (UK)

Thermal, acoustical solutions (smart fabrics) 
Jean-Marc Senecot, Global Head of R&D, Porcher Industries (France)

Forum discussion Session Two

Lunch and networking


Particle-inclusion technology for enhanced cabin air filtration
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)

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)

Polyolefin-coated fabric for upholstery
Georg Grestenberger, Application Marketing Manager Automotive InteriorBorealis Polyolefine GmbH (Austria)

Forum discussion Session Three

18:00 - 19:00 Drinks and canapes in the main reception area

DAY TWO: Thursday 6 February 2020 from 08:20 - 16:50

Textile-related tours 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 FOUR: 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
Marek Jancik, Automotive Manager, 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 
Alberto Lora Lamia, Business Director Automotive Division, Sinterama spa (Italy) 

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

Forum discussion Session Four

Lunch and networking

SESSION FIVE: Smart textiles and integrated electronics 

In coating electronics: printed heaters and sensors in leather coatings
Mark Catchpole, Commercial Director, Conductive Transfers (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)

Smart textiles for automotive applications
Virginia GarcíaDirector Functional Textile Technological Unit, EURECAT- Mataró (Spain)

Forum discussion Session Five

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 4 February 2020. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to amend the programme as necessary.