Presentation abstracts

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


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

  • Most observers of the transportation markets predict a high market penetration for electrically powered vehicles by 2030, but what key trends are driving this change and what obstacles are still to be overcome?
  • How will this market re-alignment impact on the various applications of coated and laminated textiles, particularly with respect to the interior designs and acoustic properties of vehicles.
  • How important is the need for vehicles to be made lighter in weight?
  • What are the new opportunities for coated textiles and how should manufacturers prepare for these disruptive changes?

Friedrich Suchomel Product Development, Lenzing AG (Austria)


Title of presentation: The Rinspeed concept car

  • What are the key design principles behind the evolutionary concept car called microSNAP?
  • How do textiles contribute to fulfilling the needs of this design?
  • Is it possible to design textile interiors that provide high levels of comfort for the occupant while reducing the impact of manufacturing on the environment?
  • What will be the next steps in this development?

Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK)


Title of presentation: Preparing for total transformation - findings from the latest TMS Automotive Textiles Report 

  • What new opportunities are arising as a result of the drive towards electrification of vehicles?
  • What will disappear with the internal combustion engine?
  • Who are the leading manufacturers and who are their customers?
  • What is going where, how much and why?
  • What are the key trends in the markets for automotive textiles?

Deborah Maxwell Senior Associate, Potter Clarkson LLP (UK)


Title of presentation: Vehicles of the future – the road to effective collaboration

  • What must smaller suppliers do to protect their interests when they collaborate with larger companies?
  • How can small and medium enterprises (SMEs) maximise the benefits of their collaborations?
  • What makes a good partner and how can they be found?

Ross Ward New Business Development Manager, NIRI (UK)


Title of presentation: Particle-inclusion technology for enhanced cabin air filtration

  • What are the limitations of existing cabin-air filters?
  • How can they be made cheaper and more efficient?
  • Can filters be made without adhesives?
  • Is the manufacturing process compatible with existing technologies?

Mark Dohmen Head of Competence Centre, Archroma (Germany)


Title of presentation: Long-lasting performance textiles to meet requirements of car-sharing development

  • Why will car-sharing become more prominent in the future?
  • How can textiles help to keep the interiors of shared vehicles clean and hygienic?
  • How else can these textiles contribute to the safety of the occupants?
  • Are such materials durable and economic to use?

Patrick Cronin Technical Director, Mica NanoTech (MNT) Ltd (Ireland)


Title of presentation: A novel finishing process for improved automobile interior hygiene by particle binding to fabric and surface interfaces

  • Why is shared ownership of cars becoming more common and which manufacturers are developing models designed for sharing?
  • How does shared ownership impact on the design of interiors and how vital is good hygiene?
  • What technologies exist for application to the surfaces of textiles to keep them permanently germ free?
  • How can this be achieved without the need for binders?

Thomas Schmidt Director of Innovation & Creation, Huafeng (China)


Title of presentation: HAPTIC additive 3D coatings for textiles

  • What is haptic technology?
  • How can three-dimensional coatings be used to improve the appearance and function of interior surfaces?
  • How can the technology contribute to costs savings reduce the consumption of raw materials?
  • What are its potential uses in automobiles?

Paul Stollberger Member of the Board, Kobleder GmbH (Austria) with Thomas Rademacher, Head of Development Filament, Trevira GmbH (Germany)


Title of presentation: 3D flat-knit fabrics suitable for car interiors

  • Why is the automotive industry attracted by a new technology for making three-dimensional (3D) flat-knitted fabrics?
  • How is it possible to produce anatomically contoured seat covers in a single step?
  • How are novel yarns, binders and finishing processes combined to meet the stringent demands of automotive manufacturers?
  • Is the process really waste-free?
  • Is it possible to use only recycled polyester in the yarns?

Laura Kunze Project Manager Colour & Trim Development, imat-uve gmbh (Germany)


Title of presentation: Recycling of mixed-fibre waste (Interreg project)

  • How can mixed fibre waste be effectively recycled?
  • Can the recycled textiles meet the high demands of the automotive industry?
  • Why is the automotive industry interested in using recycled materials?

Marek Jancik Automotive Manager, Bcomp Ltd (Switzerland)


Title of presentation: Reducing weight and consumption of plastics with a novel sustainable technology

  • How did nature inspire a natural fibre reinforcement grid for composites?
  • Where can the technology be applied?
  • How does it help save on weight and the consumption of plastics in automotive components?
  • How can it also produce superior, cheaper parts? 

Raquel Ledo Bañobre Head of Materials Innovation Area CTAG – Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (Spain)


Title of presentation: Novel textiles for thermal comfort and sensing aimed at the automotive sector

  • How and where are heatable textiles deployed to contribute to the comfort of electrically powered car users?
  • What impact do these fabrics have of the range of such vehicles?
  • How can textile-based sensors improve the performance?
  • What other roles can be developed for smart textiles in cars?

Kathy Beresford, Group R&D Manager, Autins Group plc (UK)


Title of presentation: Acoustic modelling and material characterisation

  • How can suppliers of acoustic insulation to the automotive sector use acoustic modelling to tailor their solutions?
  • What are the advantages for automotive OEMs of characterising the acoustic properties of insulation materials?
  • Can we arrive at better acoustic insulation solutions more quickly for electric vehicles by using these methods?

Georg Grestenberger, Application Marketing Manager Automotive Interior, Borealis Polyolefine GmbH (Austria)

Title of presentation: Sustainable coated fabrics designed for recycling and zero-waste manufacture 

  • Why are coated fabrics harmful to health and difficult to recycle?
  • How should new products be designed to counter these problems?
  • What is the solution proposed by Borealis?
  • What remains to be done to commercialise this coated fabric for use in automobiles?

Miguel Ribeiro, R&D Manager, Centre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) (Portugal)
Title of presentation: Electroactive fibres for smart automotive interiors 

  • What are the automotive applications for sensors embedded in fabrics?
  • How can sensors and and actuators be applied to fibres and yarns?
  • What are the advantages of this approach?
  • What are the challenges of spinning piezoelectric polymers to make fibres and how are they being overcome?

Alberto Lora Lamia, Business Director Automotive Division, Sinterama spa (Italy) 
Title of presentation: Challenges and benefits of upcycling polyester for automotive applications 

  • What challenges does industry face in developing a reliable supply chain for upcycled polyester?
  • Why will it be necessary to develop global partnerships to achieve this and how can these networks be developed?
  • What are the current and anticipated regulations that will affect these changes? 
  • What are the key benefits, challenges and critical aspects of these changes from the perspective of an individual suppler?

Alice Swallow, Innovation APC / IUK Consortium Project Lead, Ford Motor Company (UK)
Title of presentation: The Opportunities and Challenges for High Volume Composite Solutions

  • How viable is high-volume manufacturing of vehicles using composites?
  • Why are composite components so desirable?
  • What are the environmental disadvantages of introducing technologies such as electric power and autonomous systems, and how can the use of composites compensate for these?
  • Can composites by used in a sustainable manufacturing process?
  • How is Ford addressing these issues