In addition, the annual Automotive Interiors Expo Awards, presented on Day One of the show, recognised some of the industry’s most exciting innovations, with Jaguar, Renault and Opel/Vauxhall among the 2013 winners.
Commented Elizabeth Wetzel, interior design director for the Opel/Vauxhall ADAM, which scooped the award for best interior design in a production car, “The individualisation of the interior is one of the ADAM’s many outstanding traits. The Expo Award is a wonderful tribute to the whole Opel/Vauxhall design team.”
Next to the prestigious Awards Ceremony, Automotive Interiors Expo 2013 provided the perfect opportunity for new product launches, as well as company announcements.
ALT Technologies exhibited for the first time. “The show has been really successful! It’s been a great entry into the automotive interiors market for us,” reported Ingmar van der Linden, market development manager. “We introduced a new product line in printed electronics, based on copper printing technology. The product can be printed on plastic flexible substrates, and it is adaptable to different forms and locations. It’s also more environmentally friendly than conventional etching technologies,” van der Linden explained.
Another exciting new product on display was the Smart Flexible Trim concept, demonstrated by ERT’s innovation manager, Fernando Merino. “It combines fabric with a smartphone to provide information. Our prototype has two places in the dashboard where there are flexible antennas embedded in the material. If the user touches these areas with the phone, the phone will interact. For example, if there is an accident, the emergency services can find out technical information such as how to dismantle the car.” Merino added, “Manufacturers such as Volvo, Daimler and GM have all shown interest, which is very good.”
Hitaltech showcased the latest advances in its fibre-optic technology. “We can integrate the technology into car carpets and we can make a star sky,” said the company’s key account manager, Marc De Geest. “This is new – although it’s been done with flexible PCB before, it’s never been integrated into our fabric. In addition, we only need 2W to illuminate the whole star sky.”
The innovations on show found favour with visitors such as Helmut Weiland, sales consultant for Compauto GmbH. “I come here to meet new clients, and renew and update existing contacts,” he said. “It’s also great to see new products that might have an effect on the work that I do.”
"MacDermid Autotype and Industrial Solutions needed a platform to reach out to automotive design engineers that had not yet had the opportunity to see our new automotive interior finishes. We decided to exhibit at Automotive Interiors Expo 2013 as the visitor demographics appeared to meet this need. From the opening of the show to the close we were pleasantly surprised about the quantity and quality of visitors to our stand. We will definitely be considering the 2014 show as part of our promotional campaign mix."
Alan Gardner, Global Marketing Manager, MacDermid Autotype and Industrial Solutions
"The show proved to be successful; we had numerous high-profile visitors at our booth, interested in learning more about our innovative technology."
Jochen Oebels, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Tecnocad Progetti SpA
"We had an outstanding show because we really reached our target. I mean that we had a lot of promising contacts with OEMs and Tier 1. And despite being our première at Automotive Interiors Expo, I believe we managed to express the innovation effect of ERT to the numerous visitors."
Fernando Merino, Innovation Manager, ERT Têxtil Portugal, S.A.
"Automotive Interiors Expo was a very well organized exhibition. The persons who visited our booth were high-quality. We will now continue the new contacts from Automotive Interiors Expo in order to start business relationships. There is an intention to join Automotive Interiors Expo in 2014."
Horst Sapper, Sales Manager, Carl Stahl GmbH & Co. KG
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Automotive Interiors Expo will host the world’s leading manufacturers of vehicle interiors components and systems. From seat manufacturers to precision plastic components companies, Automotive Interiors Expo will bring together car designers and manufacturers, styling houses and studios, and the full spectrum of car interiors suppliers – all under one roof.
The show that goes from concepts and colours to interiors parts machining and finishing. A wide range of interiors accessories including headlinings, carpets and insulating materials, switches, finishes and illuminated textiles will be on show. For makers of interiors components as well as for OEMs.
With presentations from key speakers including industry-leading OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 manufacturers, suppliers, research institutions and styling houses.
Categories of equipment and technologies that will be on show:
• Fastening solutions
• Floor mats
• Noise insulation materials
• Fire-retardant materials
• In-car entertainment systems
• Speaker systems
• Satellite navigation systems/telematics
• Infotainment software providers
• MP3/4 compatibility
• Wood veneers
• Carbon-fibre veneers
• Lightweight materials
• Rear-view mirrors
• Vanity mirrors
• Sun visors and sun blinds
• Interior lighting
• Door panels
• Seatbelts/restraint systems
• Door sill mouldings
• Information displays
• Roof linings
• Cockpits and dashboards
• Parcel shelves
• Boot linings
• Loadspace systems
• Cup holders
• Hinges (gloves boxes, etc)
• Wiring looms
• Electronic fasteners
• Interior door releases
• Switches and toggles
• Springs and latches(for switchgear)
• HVAC systems
• Power outlets
• Screens and monitors
• Electric motors (motorized monitors and sun screens)
• Hydraulic struts
• Grab handles
• Blanking plates for covering fastenings
|Tuesday 24th June||09.30 - 17.00|
|Wednesday 25th June||09.30 - 17.00|
|Thursday 26th June||09.30 - 15.00|