Automotive Interiors Expo 2017, 20-22 June 2017, Messe Stuttgart, Germany
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2017 Interiors Innovation & Design Forum


Day 1

Tuesday 20 June


Hall 5

10:30 - Innovative seat quality robotic measuring
Günther Battenberg, managing director, Battenberg Robotic GmbH & Co KG, GERMANY
Günther will present how to integrate CAD coordinates of measuring points of seats into the measuring robotic. The new Battenberg seat measuring robotic performs highly precise measurements to analyse key seat comfort factors. The semi-automated measuring robotic saves valuable working time in teaching and testing.

10:50 - Interior surface heating using printed foils
Dr Alain Schumacher, material development manager, IEE SA, LUXEMBOURG
SafeHeat is IEE’s self-limiting heating system using positive temperature coefficient (PTC) resistance ink. PTC technology makes an electronic control unit (ECU) or thermostat unnecessary, and the costs and integration effort of offering this comfort feature are reduced. It’s never been easier or more cost-effective to include a heater in a vehicle.

11:10 - Niebling's high-pressure forming (HPF) – made in Germany
Udo Weustenhagen, director sales & marketing, Niebling GmbH, GERMANY
The advantages of Niebling's isostatic high-pressure forming at a glance: low material stretching – reliable repeatability of distortion and precision – important for graphical prints; retention of gloss levels, surface structures and surface feel (e.g. on matt or textured films) as of contactless process; excellently suited to the forming of films with chemically resistant and scratch-resistant surfaces or effect films ('high gloss'); forming films with conductive structures (e.g. capacitive sensors). Along with classic options of painting, printing or electroplating, the decoration of plastic parts using in-mould processes has established itself as FIM (film insert moulding).

11:30 - Superchrome PVD Coating: market roll-out started
Gary Vergason, CEO and chairman, Vergason Technology Inc, USA
With approvals from European OEMs, the first serial production of a Superchrome PVD Coating System in Europe started in 2017. Superchrome PVD Coating is a replacement for traditional electroplating. Recent decisions from ECHA for short review periods further increase the demand for PVD coatings such as Superchrome. The coating requires no clear topcoat and has excellent adhesion on thermoplastic substrates. This makes it a preferred alternative for decorative plating on plastic automotive trim pieces. In addition to providing substantial cost savings, Superchrome PVD Coating offers new design possibilities with multifunctional properties.

11:50 - Interior design for supercars
Steve Crijns, senior designer, McLaren Automotive Ltd, UK
Using the new McLaren 720S interior as an example, Steve Crijns, the lead interior designer, will talk about the opportunities and challenges when designing a supercar interior. There will be a behind-the-scenes view of the design process, with an insight into the unique McLaren design philosophy. The presentation will show the thinking behind what makes the interior of the new 720S such a special place to be, and at the end there will be a glimpse of what the future holds. The presentation will also feature many sketches and images that have never been seen before.

12:10 - Curved display process, materials and supply chain
Takeshi Mori, general manager, FUK Co Ltd, JAPAN
The presentation will be a message to all automotive interior designers, product planners and engineers looking for solutions to bring curved displays to their car interior designs. It will focus on where the materials and processes are in terms of realising curved displays, how much freedom the industry currently can give to such curved designs, and the supply chain situation.

12:30 - CCC certification for the Chinese market for automotive suppliers
Christoph Graffius, managing director, MPR China Certification GmbH, GERMANY
Chinese regulations and requirements for CCC of vehicles and automotive parts are detailed and numerous. Deadlines must be strictly observed, product tests are rigorous, audits are thorough and the change management needs to be strategically prepared for. The presentation will give an overview of the necessary steps involved in getting CCC certification without problems.

12:50 - Future role of seat climatisation in electric and autonomous driving
Holger Hildsberg, director business development and marketing Europe, Gentherm GmbH, GERMANY
Vehicle electrification and autonomous driving require new climate strategies: individual passenger climate comfort in contrast to complete vehicle climatisation. The seat is the largest contact zone to the body, and therefore has the biggest impact on body comfort.

14:00 - 15:00 - Automotive Interiors Expo Awards 2017
Hall 5

Day 2

Wednesday 21 June


Hall 5

10:30 - Polymer optical fibres (POF) based ambient lighting in vehicle interiors
Benjamin Mohr, researcher, Institut für Textiltechnik RWTH Aachen University (ITA), GERMANY
Concept and design of vehicle interiors can decisively influence the buying decision of customers, since the interior can be considered as the interface between driver/passenger and vehicle, where processing quality, functionality and convenience are directly experienced. In particular, ambient interior lighting in vehicles has recently become a matter of growing interest in the automotive industry. Side-emitting optical polymer fibres provide properties such as low cost and weight compared with robustness, which makes them perfect candidates for lighting applications. Due to their textile processibility, they can be formed into many shapes. They keep their textile flexibility, which makes them suitable for shape-changing applications. They open up many design possibilities, which will lead to new ways of application, particularly in the context of illumination. This talk will outline the basics of the textile integration of POF into vehicle interiors and introduce the latest research on POF-based ambient lighting at the Institut für Textiltechnik RWTH Aachen University.

10:50 - Electronocal functions in plastic parts produced with IML technology
Volker Schuster, CEO, Back Stickers GmbH, GERMANY
IML technology has established itself as an indispensable surface technology in the vehicle interior. It is characterised by design diversity and high surface quality, and the technology is competitive in pricing for high and medium quantities. Developments in IML in recent years show that this technology is more than just a pure decorative surface technology. Functional elements are increasingly integrated into the film technology. The presentation deals with exactly these functional elements, showing which functions are already integrated and which are currently being developed. The advantages in terms of costs, space and weight savings are highlighted.

11:10 - IMD and printed electronics – trends, facts and case studies
Jakob Altaylar, managing director, IMR Europe GmbH, GERMANY
Although IMD is already being used for various interior design purposes, many design engineers don't know much about this technology. This presentation will offer an insight into the latest manufacturing trends in the field of printed electronics and IMD (in-mould decoration). Attendees will also learn how to improve their current designs by the use of printed electronics combined with IMD. A financial overview and case study will mark the end of the presentation.

11:30 - Exploring automotive decorative aluminium opportunities in 3D
Catherine Athènes, marketing director and sustainability leader, Constellium, FRANCE
This won't be a traditional presentation but a demonstration of our new 3D module that enables us to present aluminium light-weighting and decorative solutions for automotive applications. We will go through the various parts and explain what aluminium and Constellium can bring. Some insight into our virtual reality module will also be given.

11:50 - Injection Molded Structural Electronics for multifunctional smart surfaces
Prof Antti Keränen, CTO, TactoTek, FINLAND
TactoTek Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) is a revolutionary technology that changes the way automotive interiors are designed and built. It is a solution that integrates printed electronics (circuitry, sensors and antennas) and discrete electronic components (LEDs, ICs, etc.) inside thin 3D plastic structures. Encapsulating lighting, sensors, antennas and controls directly within high-visual-quality 3D structures considerably reduces the thickness and weight of parts, delivers excellent touch and antenna performance, and simplifies vehicle integration. IMSE brings unique design opportunities for the next generation of car interiors, while simplifying assembly and reducing total cost of ownership.

12:10 - Flexible displays in automotive – who will be the winners?
Simon Jones, commercial director, FlexEnable Ltd, UK
A revolution in the HMI is coming, as displays evolve significantly beyond the instrument panel and the centre console. Any curved or shaped surface in the car interior can now become an active display – bringing compelling new user value in automotive car interiors in the near future. The presentation will review key challenges regarding the adoption of flexible displays in automotive, and will highlight an approach for meeting these challenges with plastic LCDs manufactured using existing factory capacity. It will suggest who are likely to be the winners as this radical change takes hold in the automotive display industry.

12:30 - Substitution of conventional painting for high-quality surface components
René Kruidenier, engineering development, Trinseo, NETHERLANDS
Philipp Lachner, product and technology manager, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, GERMANY
The ColorForm technology is developed by KraussMaffei and is based on an intelligent combination of injection moulding and PUR/PUA processing. The thermoplastic basic body is coated while it is still in the mould, eliminating the need for painting or coating in what is otherwise a conventional second processing step. Trinseo’s PC/ABS PULSE AX50 substrate and Panadur’s polyurea enable KraussMaffei to produce decorative elements more economically and with better quality, using only one machine and one tool.

12:50 - Printed electronics for structural electronics for 3D automotive applications
Dr Margreet de Kok, senior scientist, Holst Centre / TNO, NETHERLANDS
Electronics are becoming increasingly miniaturised and formable, which allows them to be integrated more unobtrusively in more applications, including automotive. Holst Centre is developing printed electronics on plastic, stretchable and formable substrates. For human-machine interactions in automotive interior, this allows input (sensor) and output (action) to be combined into 3D products such as dashboards, consoles and doors. Technology must allow reliable, high-resolution functionalities that can be (thermo)formed and/or moulded and comply to the automotive specifications and cost expectations. Holst Centre will share its recent technology developments and prototypes.

13:10 - 13:30 - Break

13:30 - Smart user interfaces with transparent conductive films
Dr Wolfgang Clemens, head of product management, PolyIC GmbH & Co KG, GERMANY
The HMI in automotive interiors is in a period of significant change. Touch and gesture applications are rapidly replacing the electromechanical inputs. We present smart HMI solutions for capacitive buttons, sliders, touch pads, touchscreens and gesture control based on transparent conductive films. These films are based on silver metal mesh patterns on thin and flexible polyester substrate, which allows high conductive, thin, flexible smart user interfaces. Together with Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG, PolyIC enables smart HMI solutions with state-of-the-art design options. We also present different options for integration and application.

13:50 - Developing touch-sensitive surfaces by functional film insert moulding (FFIM)
Dr Konrad Kiefer, project engineer (surface technology and molded parts), Kunststoff-Institut Luedenscheid, GERMANY
A functionalised demonstrator part has been developed representing the obtained results in a joint project at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid. This talk will give an overview of the institute's latest activities in the area of screen-printed electronic circuits on polymer foil substrates. Possibilities and challenges will be presented, evaluated by testing a wide selection of materials after performing the main FFIM process steps: printing, forming and film insert moulding. New methods, e. g. for drying inks, have been applied and questions, e. g. how to handle a tail connector in the mould, have been answered.

14:10 - DecoJect – a superior alternative to injection moulding
Dr Erhard Barho, director of research & development, Benecke-Kaliko AG, GERMANY
With DecoJect, Benecke-Kaliko offers a cost-efficient superior alternative solution to injection moulding for a functional and decorative upgrading of the vehicle interior. The foil impresses with its enhanced scratch resistance, and offers an exclusive appearance as well as a comfortable feel. Using a broad variety of colours, printed decor or effect coatings opens up a wide range of design options. The gloss level and feel can be adjusted as desired, decor can be changed easily and quickly and the color can be changed without process waste.

14:30 - Lightex – a breakthrough for surface lighting
Roch de Préneuf, business development director, EFI Lighting, FRANCE
Interior ambient lighting is confirmed as a growing trend in automotive. Indeed, with LED lighting possibilities, OEM designers have found a new way of expression to better work on brand identity while combining light with other functions within the vehicle. Serial solutions offer spot or linear lighting while vehicle interior surfaces remain unexploited. Lightex, a thin woven fabric embedding side-emitting optical fibres, offers the possibility to illuminate large surfaces with a limited number of LED modules. Lightex can therefore be integrated in door panels, dashboards, centre consoles or headliners to uniformly and brightly illuminate vehicle interiors.

14:50 - HMI components and materials – quantifying human touch without humans
Dr Matthew Borzage, head of business development, SynTouch Inc, USA
Touch is the most powerful and least understood of the human senses. The way a product feels creates strong impressions about its quality, desirability and value. However, the underlying features that make one product feel better than another have been elusive. Specifications for the feel of materials were subjective, defining HMI components like buttons using outdated technologies that can't capture what humans perceive. Understanding precisely how the materials and functional components in automotive interiors feel enables you to optimise them for customers' delight, speed up your product development cycles, and reduce costs and costly errors.

15:10 - High-end solutions for interior plastic parts
Andreas Wenzel, director sales, Nanogate Goletz Systems, GERMANY
High-end coatings require special solutions in design and production. The conflicts between design, moulding and surface treatment have to be considered regarding mechanical properties of the surface and the appearance as well as functionality. These questions can only be solved through close cooperation. Nanogate provides the whole value chain for a successful solution.

15:30 - Light is interior design – visualisation with LEDs
Michael Godwin, director marketing automotive interior LED, Osram Opto Semiconductors, GERMANY
With the pace of semiconductor lighting innovation and the high demand placed on tiers to deliver the carmakers the quality and craftsmanship of interiors, there is an increasing need to consider the performance and quality of the lighting solutions early in the design process. Osram Opto Semiconductor’s LED light deliver a spectrum of infinite possibilities and with the proper LED selection can influence A- Materials and textiles selections to create a new lighting effects and possibilities B- Enhance the perception with personalized light with digitally controlled and choreographed effects Lighting and the specification of LEDs is an important process to consider early in the design process. Osram Opto Semiconductors is a leader in automotive interior lighting and will highlight critical lighting attributes with the introduction of its latest products and solutions that are thinner, better and brighter for tomorrow’s future automotive interiors.

15:50 - Interiors in motion – emotional interiors 2017
Prof Andrea Lipp, professor Transportation Interior Design, Reutlingen University, GERMANY
Prof Michael Goretzky, dean School of Textiles & Design, Reutlingen University, GERMANY
What would the world be without masterminds? Where innovations are arising, new materials, forms and products need to redesigned. As the interface between the consumer and the vehicle, the vehicle interior plays a particular role. This requires profound research, intelligent approaches and emotionally convincing concepts. Furthermore, social and technological developments require an examination of new concepts of mobility. Students on the Transportation Interior Design programme at Reutlingen University will present their visionary concepts of future transportation interior design solutions.

16:10 - Technical feasibility in the early design phase
Stefan Wimmer, process manager, 3CON, AUSTRIA
Design is one of the best ways to differentiate one car from another. The interior design is increasingly becoming part of this strategy. This leads to more and more complex geometries and challenges in the manufacturing processes. 3CON will present its approach to working together with OEMs and also Tier 1s in the early design phase to prove feasibility in an early stage and work out an individual manufacturing concept that offers all the advantages of state-of-the-art technologies. This will be presented along a typical development cycle in the branch.

Day 3

Thursday 22 June


Hall 5

Moderator
Dr George Kellie, director, Kellie Solutions Ltd, UK

10:30 - High performance and light-weighting for automotive interiors with powerRibs
Sophie de Rijk, manager industries, Bcomp Ltd, SWITZERLAND
Bcomp will present the developments and findings on its one-shot process to manufacture lightweight interior components using its powerRibs. The one-shot process also includes the integration of decoration layers directly in the single compression moulding step. The weight reduction for various interior applications will be shown, plus the very large design potential of the one-shot process, as well as some interesting properties obtained on common points of interest, such as impact resistance or VOC emissions.

10:50 - How low VOC and fogging TPE help achieve vehicle interior air quality requirements
John Voyce, industry manager - transportation, PolyOne, LUXEMBOURG
TPEs are helping OEMs meet the challenge of weight reduction by providing functional alternatives to thermoset elastomers. These materials help further within the interior by providing bespoke visual and haptics, which designers are using to pique the senses and ignite consumers’ emotion to buy. The latest challenge for the automotive manufacturer is how to improve vehicle interior air quality without losing the 'new car smell' that consumers associate with high quality. One interesting solution is to specify new low VOC and fogging TPEs. These can be used for interior application, with direct and indirect air.

11:10 - Hot-melt adhesive systems: the future of bonding top-class automotive interiors
Guido Schuermann, market manager automotive (EMEA), ITW Dynatec GmbH, GERMANY
Flawless decoration of automotive interiors requires perfect gluing. Although water-based adhesives are still common, the desire to increase productivity can be better fulfilled by switching to modern hot-melt systems. For providers of laminated automotive textiles, there are various hot-melt application systems available that allow bonding wide roll-to-roll substrates, either with breathable adhesive structures or closed films. For discontinuous materials (leather). modern hot-melts, in combination with precision application heads and robots, offer a future of economic and environmentally friendly bonding. This presentation is intended to provide an overview of existing and future solutions of hot-melt bonding, for top-class automotive interior products.

11:30 - Speciality composite non-woven materials for acoustic and thermal performance
Dr George Kellie, director, Kellie Solutions Ltd, UK
The presentation will cover work by Dr Kellie and his associates in the fast-growing area of speciality composite materials based on non-wovens. These advanced materials are designed to improve acoustic performance for automotive interior and speciality exterior applications. Changes in legislation, and the development of complex powertrains with acoustic profiles, are just some of the factors driving this sector.

11:50 - Aluminium foil with Cool Touch in automotive interior
Sofia Messara, marketing manager, Amcor Flexibles, SWITZERLAND
As more and more real metal trim parts in car interiors will be designed in future, there is a lightweight solution for the need to have real haptic of metal aside from visual performance. Amcor's Cool Touch material in 200 µm thickness offers a high level of formability, design in color and brush for back injection, along with luxury appearance. This presentation shows the technical possibilities for design and lean manufacturing.

12:10 - Enhance quality control using advanced material identification and fog testing
Scott Pratt, senior application specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA
Although the historic goal of using our Thermo Scientific Fog Testing System has been to ensure or enhance automotive safety by lessening the SVOC film that collects on windscreens, it also has a parallel goal related to quality control. By using our Thermo Scientific Hand Held Material Identification Analyzer, defective or incorrect materials can be detected prior to further testing, improving quality control while also saving time and money.

12:30 - A lighter approach to cockpit comfort
Bert Suffis, innovation manager, JSP, FRANCE
Weight savings, which are critical for fuel economy, are not always compatible with structural or safety requirements. Furthermore, they tend to come at the cost of the overall aerodynamic or acoustic performance. Case studies will illustrate how less weight and fewer parts contribute to improving passenger comfort.

12:50 - Innovative chromium-free solutions for automotive plastic components
Maria João Braz Lopes, researcher, CeNTI, PORTUGAL
The automotive sector has made efforts to obtain high-quality chromium-like/-free coatings and plastic components to replace metal parts in car interiors. Chromium-free solutions have been in demand in recent years due to European requirements regarding removal of hazardous substances in vehicle production. Currently, alternative solutions without hexavalent chromium can be found. Nevertheless, there are still gaps, particularly related to brightness effect similar to chromium and the cold touch typical in metals. The present work intends to overcome these limitations by focusing on visual appearance and metallic/cold sensation to deliver innovative, sustainable and high-performance chromium-like plastic components.

13:10 - Integration of optical fibre in textile strap for interior customisation
Caroline Kong, sales engineer, Joubert Productions, FRANCE

13:30 - Cromatipic: ecological way to metallise plastics for different finishes
Chinmay Trivedi, senior process engineer, IHI Hauzer Techno Coating BV, NETHERLANDS
This presentation introduces Cromatipic – an environmentally friendly technology to metallise plastics. It will discuss about the adaptability and durability of Cromatipic technology, highlighting the simple two-layer decorative coating design based on a lacquer and thin PVD (physical vapour deposition) layer. The automotive industry is an important market for this technology, and the specific requirements and performance of the coating for these applications will be discussed. Based on latest market trends, processes to achieve not only bright but also matte and satin surface finishes will be shown.

13:50 - Tanning strategies for sustainable automotive leather
Dr Heinz-Peter Germann, head of product development, Wet-Green GmbH, GERMANY
The Wet-Green tanning system based on an aqueous olive leaf extract enables production of high-quality leathers suitable for applications in all kinds of areas, especially automotive, furniture for the residential and commercial/public sectors, leather goods and clothing. At the same time, the use of environmentally and health-relevant conventional chemical tanning agents like chromium(III) salts or glutaraldehyde is waived. This sets new standards regarding sustainability. The olive leaves are obtained in great quantities as a residue in connection with olive harvesting in the Mediterranean. Wet-Green tanning agent has been awarded the Cradle to Cradle gold certificate.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 1

Tuesday 20 June


Hall 5

10:30 - Innovative seat quality robotic measuring
Günther Battenberg, managing director, Battenberg Robotic GmbH & Co KG, GERMANY
Günther will present how to integrate CAD coordinates of measuring points of seats into the measuring robotic. The new Battenberg seat measuring robotic performs highly precise measurements to analyse key seat comfort factors. The semi-automated measuring robotic saves valuable working time in teaching and testing.

10:50 - Interior surface heating using printed foils
Dr Alain Schumacher, material development manager, IEE SA, LUXEMBOURG
SafeHeat is IEE’s self-limiting heating system using positive temperature coefficient (PTC) resistance ink. PTC technology makes an electronic control unit (ECU) or thermostat unnecessary, and the costs and integration effort of offering this comfort feature are reduced. It’s never been easier or more cost-effective to include a heater in a vehicle.

11:10 - Niebling's high-pressure forming (HPF) – made in Germany
Udo Weustenhagen, director sales & marketing, Niebling GmbH, GERMANY
The advantages of Niebling's isostatic high-pressure forming at a glance: low material stretching – reliable repeatability of distortion and precision – important for graphical prints; retention of gloss levels, surface structures and surface feel (e.g. on matt or textured films) as of contactless process; excellently suited to the forming of films with chemically resistant and scratch-resistant surfaces or effect films ('high gloss'); forming films with conductive structures (e.g. capacitive sensors). Along with classic options of painting, printing or electroplating, the decoration of plastic parts using in-mould processes has established itself as FIM (film insert moulding).

11:30 - Superchrome PVD Coating: market roll-out started
Gary Vergason, CEO and chairman, Vergason Technology Inc, USA
With approvals from European OEMs, the first serial production of a Superchrome PVD Coating System in Europe started in 2017. Superchrome PVD Coating is a replacement for traditional electroplating. Recent decisions from ECHA for short review periods further increase the demand for PVD coatings such as Superchrome. The coating requires no clear topcoat and has excellent adhesion on thermoplastic substrates. This makes it a preferred alternative for decorative plating on plastic automotive trim pieces. In addition to providing substantial cost savings, Superchrome PVD Coating offers new design possibilities with multifunctional properties.

11:50 - Interior design for supercars
Steve Crijns, senior designer, McLaren Automotive Ltd, UK
Using the new McLaren 720S interior as an example, Steve Crijns, the lead interior designer, will talk about the opportunities and challenges when designing a supercar interior. There will be a behind-the-scenes view of the design process, with an insight into the unique McLaren design philosophy. The presentation will show the thinking behind what makes the interior of the new 720S such a special place to be, and at the end there will be a glimpse of what the future holds. The presentation will also feature many sketches and images that have never been seen before.

12:10 - Curved display process, materials and supply chain
Takeshi Mori, general manager, FUK Co Ltd, JAPAN
The presentation will be a message to all automotive interior designers, product planners and engineers looking for solutions to bring curved displays to their car interior designs. It will focus on where the materials and processes are in terms of realising curved displays, how much freedom the industry currently can give to such curved designs, and the supply chain situation.

12:30 - CCC certification for the Chinese market for automotive suppliers
Christoph Graffius, managing director, MPR China Certification GmbH, GERMANY
Chinese regulations and requirements for CCC of vehicles and automotive parts are detailed and numerous. Deadlines must be strictly observed, product tests are rigorous, audits are thorough and the change management needs to be strategically prepared for. The presentation will give an overview of the necessary steps involved in getting CCC certification without problems.

12:50 - Future role of seat climatisation in electric and autonomous driving
Holger Hildsberg, director business development and marketing Europe, Gentherm GmbH, GERMANY
Vehicle electrification and autonomous driving require new climate strategies: individual passenger climate comfort in contrast to complete vehicle climatisation. The seat is the largest contact zone to the body, and therefore has the biggest impact on body comfort.

14:00 - 15:00 - Automotive Interiors Expo Awards 2017
Hall 5

*This program may be subject to change

Day 2

Wednesday 21 June


Hall 5

10:30 - Polymer optical fibres (POF) based ambient lighting in vehicle interiors
Benjamin Mohr, researcher, Institut für Textiltechnik RWTH Aachen University (ITA), GERMANY
Concept and design of vehicle interiors can decisively influence the buying decision of customers, since the interior can be considered as the interface between driver/passenger and vehicle, where processing quality, functionality and convenience are directly experienced. In particular, ambient interior lighting in vehicles has recently become a matter of growing interest in the automotive industry. Side-emitting optical polymer fibres provide properties such as low cost and weight compared with robustness, which makes them perfect candidates for lighting applications. Due to their textile processibility, they can be formed into many shapes. They keep their textile flexibility, which makes them suitable for shape-changing applications. They open up many design possibilities, which will lead to new ways of application, particularly in the context of illumination. This talk will outline the basics of the textile integration of POF into vehicle interiors and introduce the latest research on POF-based ambient lighting at the Institut für Textiltechnik RWTH Aachen University.

10:50 - Electronocal functions in plastic parts produced with IML technology
Volker Schuster, CEO, Back Stickers GmbH, GERMANY
IML technology has established itself as an indispensable surface technology in the vehicle interior. It is characterised by design diversity and high surface quality, and the technology is competitive in pricing for high and medium quantities. Developments in IML in recent years show that this technology is more than just a pure decorative surface technology. Functional elements are increasingly integrated into the film technology. The presentation deals with exactly these functional elements, showing which functions are already integrated and which are currently being developed. The advantages in terms of costs, space and weight savings are highlighted.

11:10 - IMD and printed electronics – trends, facts and case studies
Jakob Altaylar, managing director, IMR Europe GmbH, GERMANY
Although IMD is already being used for various interior design purposes, many design engineers don't know much about this technology. This presentation will offer an insight into the latest manufacturing trends in the field of printed electronics and IMD (in-mould decoration). Attendees will also learn how to improve their current designs by the use of printed electronics combined with IMD. A financial overview and case study will mark the end of the presentation.

11:30 - Exploring automotive decorative aluminium opportunities in 3D
Catherine Athènes, marketing director and sustainability leader, Constellium, FRANCE
This won't be a traditional presentation but a demonstration of our new 3D module that enables us to present aluminium light-weighting and decorative solutions for automotive applications. We will go through the various parts and explain what aluminium and Constellium can bring. Some insight into our virtual reality module will also be given.

11:50 - Injection Molded Structural Electronics for multifunctional smart surfaces
Prof Antti Keränen, CTO, TactoTek, FINLAND
TactoTek Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) is a revolutionary technology that changes the way automotive interiors are designed and built. It is a solution that integrates printed electronics (circuitry, sensors and antennas) and discrete electronic components (LEDs, ICs, etc.) inside thin 3D plastic structures. Encapsulating lighting, sensors, antennas and controls directly within high-visual-quality 3D structures considerably reduces the thickness and weight of parts, delivers excellent touch and antenna performance, and simplifies vehicle integration. IMSE brings unique design opportunities for the next generation of car interiors, while simplifying assembly and reducing total cost of ownership.

12:10 - Flexible displays in automotive – who will be the winners?
Simon Jones, commercial director, FlexEnable Ltd, UK
A revolution in the HMI is coming, as displays evolve significantly beyond the instrument panel and the centre console. Any curved or shaped surface in the car interior can now become an active display – bringing compelling new user value in automotive car interiors in the near future. The presentation will review key challenges regarding the adoption of flexible displays in automotive, and will highlight an approach for meeting these challenges with plastic LCDs manufactured using existing factory capacity. It will suggest who are likely to be the winners as this radical change takes hold in the automotive display industry.

12:30 - Substitution of conventional painting for high-quality surface components
René Kruidenier, engineering development, Trinseo, NETHERLANDS
Philipp Lachner, product and technology manager, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, GERMANY
The ColorForm technology is developed by KraussMaffei and is based on an intelligent combination of injection moulding and PUR/PUA processing. The thermoplastic basic body is coated while it is still in the mould, eliminating the need for painting or coating in what is otherwise a conventional second processing step. Trinseo’s PC/ABS PULSE AX50 substrate and Panadur’s polyurea enable KraussMaffei to produce decorative elements more economically and with better quality, using only one machine and one tool.

12:50 - Printed electronics for structural electronics for 3D automotive applications
Dr Margreet de Kok, senior scientist, Holst Centre / TNO, NETHERLANDS
Electronics are becoming increasingly miniaturised and formable, which allows them to be integrated more unobtrusively in more applications, including automotive. Holst Centre is developing printed electronics on plastic, stretchable and formable substrates. For human-machine interactions in automotive interior, this allows input (sensor) and output (action) to be combined into 3D products such as dashboards, consoles and doors. Technology must allow reliable, high-resolution functionalities that can be (thermo)formed and/or moulded and comply to the automotive specifications and cost expectations. Holst Centre will share its recent technology developments and prototypes.

13:10 - 13:30 - Break

13:30 - Smart user interfaces with transparent conductive films
Dr Wolfgang Clemens, head of product management, PolyIC GmbH & Co KG, GERMANY
The HMI in automotive interiors is in a period of significant change. Touch and gesture applications are rapidly replacing the electromechanical inputs. We present smart HMI solutions for capacitive buttons, sliders, touch pads, touchscreens and gesture control based on transparent conductive films. These films are based on silver metal mesh patterns on thin and flexible polyester substrate, which allows high conductive, thin, flexible smart user interfaces. Together with Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG, PolyIC enables smart HMI solutions with state-of-the-art design options. We also present different options for integration and application.

13:50 - Developing touch-sensitive surfaces by functional film insert moulding (FFIM)
Dr Konrad Kiefer, project engineer (surface technology and molded parts), Kunststoff-Institut Luedenscheid, GERMANY
A functionalised demonstrator part has been developed representing the obtained results in a joint project at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid. This talk will give an overview of the institute's latest activities in the area of screen-printed electronic circuits on polymer foil substrates. Possibilities and challenges will be presented, evaluated by testing a wide selection of materials after performing the main FFIM process steps: printing, forming and film insert moulding. New methods, e. g. for drying inks, have been applied and questions, e. g. how to handle a tail connector in the mould, have been answered.

14:10 - DecoJect – a superior alternative to injection moulding
Dr Erhard Barho, director of research & development, Benecke-Kaliko AG, GERMANY
With DecoJect, Benecke-Kaliko offers a cost-efficient superior alternative solution to injection moulding for a functional and decorative upgrading of the vehicle interior. The foil impresses with its enhanced scratch resistance, and offers an exclusive appearance as well as a comfortable feel. Using a broad variety of colours, printed decor or effect coatings opens up a wide range of design options. The gloss level and feel can be adjusted as desired, decor can be changed easily and quickly and the color can be changed without process waste.

14:30 - Lightex – a breakthrough for surface lighting
Roch de Préneuf, business development director, EFI Lighting, FRANCE
Interior ambient lighting is confirmed as a growing trend in automotive. Indeed, with LED lighting possibilities, OEM designers have found a new way of expression to better work on brand identity while combining light with other functions within the vehicle. Serial solutions offer spot or linear lighting while vehicle interior surfaces remain unexploited. Lightex, a thin woven fabric embedding side-emitting optical fibres, offers the possibility to illuminate large surfaces with a limited number of LED modules. Lightex can therefore be integrated in door panels, dashboards, centre consoles or headliners to uniformly and brightly illuminate vehicle interiors.

14:50 - HMI components and materials – quantifying human touch without humans
Dr Matthew Borzage, head of business development, SynTouch Inc, USA
Touch is the most powerful and least understood of the human senses. The way a product feels creates strong impressions about its quality, desirability and value. However, the underlying features that make one product feel better than another have been elusive. Specifications for the feel of materials were subjective, defining HMI components like buttons using outdated technologies that can't capture what humans perceive. Understanding precisely how the materials and functional components in automotive interiors feel enables you to optimise them for customers' delight, speed up your product development cycles, and reduce costs and costly errors.

15:10 - High-end solutions for interior plastic parts
Andreas Wenzel, director sales, Nanogate Goletz Systems, GERMANY
High-end coatings require special solutions in design and production. The conflicts between design, moulding and surface treatment have to be considered regarding mechanical properties of the surface and the appearance as well as functionality. These questions can only be solved through close cooperation. Nanogate provides the whole value chain for a successful solution.

15:30 - Light is interior design – visualisation with LEDs
Michael Godwin, director marketing automotive interior LED, Osram Opto Semiconductors, GERMANY
With the pace of semiconductor lighting innovation and the high demand placed on tiers to deliver the carmakers the quality and craftsmanship of interiors, there is an increasing need to consider the performance and quality of the lighting solutions early in the design process. Osram Opto Semiconductor’s LED light deliver a spectrum of infinite possibilities and with the proper LED selection can influence A- Materials and textiles selections to create a new lighting effects and possibilities B- Enhance the perception with personalized light with digitally controlled and choreographed effects Lighting and the specification of LEDs is an important process to consider early in the design process. Osram Opto Semiconductors is a leader in automotive interior lighting and will highlight critical lighting attributes with the introduction of its latest products and solutions that are thinner, better and brighter for tomorrow’s future automotive interiors.

15:50 - Interiors in motion – emotional interiors 2017
Prof Andrea Lipp, professor Transportation Interior Design, Reutlingen University, GERMANY
Prof Michael Goretzky, dean School of Textiles & Design, Reutlingen University, GERMANY
What would the world be without masterminds? Where innovations are arising, new materials, forms and products need to redesigned. As the interface between the consumer and the vehicle, the vehicle interior plays a particular role. This requires profound research, intelligent approaches and emotionally convincing concepts. Furthermore, social and technological developments require an examination of new concepts of mobility. Students on the Transportation Interior Design programme at Reutlingen University will present their visionary concepts of future transportation interior design solutions.

16:10 - Technical feasibility in the early design phase
Stefan Wimmer, process manager, 3CON, AUSTRIA
Design is one of the best ways to differentiate one car from another. The interior design is increasingly becoming part of this strategy. This leads to more and more complex geometries and challenges in the manufacturing processes. 3CON will present its approach to working together with OEMs and also Tier 1s in the early design phase to prove feasibility in an early stage and work out an individual manufacturing concept that offers all the advantages of state-of-the-art technologies. This will be presented along a typical development cycle in the branch.

*This program may be subject to change

Day 3

Thursday 22 June


Hall 5

Moderator
Dr George Kellie, director, Kellie Solutions Ltd, UK

10:30 - High performance and light-weighting for automotive interiors with powerRibs
Sophie de Rijk, manager industries, Bcomp Ltd, SWITZERLAND
Bcomp will present the developments and findings on its one-shot process to manufacture lightweight interior components using its powerRibs. The one-shot process also includes the integration of decoration layers directly in the single compression moulding step. The weight reduction for various interior applications will be shown, plus the very large design potential of the one-shot process, as well as some interesting properties obtained on common points of interest, such as impact resistance or VOC emissions.

10:50 - How low VOC and fogging TPE help achieve vehicle interior air quality requirements
John Voyce, industry manager - transportation, PolyOne, LUXEMBOURG
TPEs are helping OEMs meet the challenge of weight reduction by providing functional alternatives to thermoset elastomers. These materials help further within the interior by providing bespoke visual and haptics, which designers are using to pique the senses and ignite consumers’ emotion to buy. The latest challenge for the automotive manufacturer is how to improve vehicle interior air quality without losing the 'new car smell' that consumers associate with high quality. One interesting solution is to specify new low VOC and fogging TPEs. These can be used for interior application, with direct and indirect air.

11:10 - Hot-melt adhesive systems: the future of bonding top-class automotive interiors
Guido Schuermann, market manager automotive (EMEA), ITW Dynatec GmbH, GERMANY
Flawless decoration of automotive interiors requires perfect gluing. Although water-based adhesives are still common, the desire to increase productivity can be better fulfilled by switching to modern hot-melt systems. For providers of laminated automotive textiles, there are various hot-melt application systems available that allow bonding wide roll-to-roll substrates, either with breathable adhesive structures or closed films. For discontinuous materials (leather). modern hot-melts, in combination with precision application heads and robots, offer a future of economic and environmentally friendly bonding. This presentation is intended to provide an overview of existing and future solutions of hot-melt bonding, for top-class automotive interior products.

11:30 - Speciality composite non-woven materials for acoustic and thermal performance
Dr George Kellie, director, Kellie Solutions Ltd, UK
The presentation will cover work by Dr Kellie and his associates in the fast-growing area of speciality composite materials based on non-wovens. These advanced materials are designed to improve acoustic performance for automotive interior and speciality exterior applications. Changes in legislation, and the development of complex powertrains with acoustic profiles, are just some of the factors driving this sector.

11:50 - Aluminium foil with Cool Touch in automotive interior
Sofia Messara, marketing manager, Amcor Flexibles, SWITZERLAND
As more and more real metal trim parts in car interiors will be designed in future, there is a lightweight solution for the need to have real haptic of metal aside from visual performance. Amcor's Cool Touch material in 200 µm thickness offers a high level of formability, design in color and brush for back injection, along with luxury appearance. This presentation shows the technical possibilities for design and lean manufacturing.

12:10 - Enhance quality control using advanced material identification and fog testing
Scott Pratt, senior application specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA
Although the historic goal of using our Thermo Scientific Fog Testing System has been to ensure or enhance automotive safety by lessening the SVOC film that collects on windscreens, it also has a parallel goal related to quality control. By using our Thermo Scientific Hand Held Material Identification Analyzer, defective or incorrect materials can be detected prior to further testing, improving quality control while also saving time and money.

12:30 - A lighter approach to cockpit comfort
Bert Suffis, innovation manager, JSP, FRANCE
Weight savings, which are critical for fuel economy, are not always compatible with structural or safety requirements. Furthermore, they tend to come at the cost of the overall aerodynamic or acoustic performance. Case studies will illustrate how less weight and fewer parts contribute to improving passenger comfort.

12:50 - Innovative chromium-free solutions for automotive plastic components
Maria João Braz Lopes, researcher, CeNTI, PORTUGAL
The automotive sector has made efforts to obtain high-quality chromium-like/-free coatings and plastic components to replace metal parts in car interiors. Chromium-free solutions have been in demand in recent years due to European requirements regarding removal of hazardous substances in vehicle production. Currently, alternative solutions without hexavalent chromium can be found. Nevertheless, there are still gaps, particularly related to brightness effect similar to chromium and the cold touch typical in metals. The present work intends to overcome these limitations by focusing on visual appearance and metallic/cold sensation to deliver innovative, sustainable and high-performance chromium-like plastic components.

13:10 - Integration of optical fibre in textile strap for interior customisation
Caroline Kong, sales engineer, Joubert Productions, FRANCE

13:30 - Cromatipic: ecological way to metallise plastics for different finishes
Chinmay Trivedi, senior process engineer, IHI Hauzer Techno Coating BV, NETHERLANDS
This presentation introduces Cromatipic – an environmentally friendly technology to metallise plastics. It will discuss about the adaptability and durability of Cromatipic technology, highlighting the simple two-layer decorative coating design based on a lacquer and thin PVD (physical vapour deposition) layer. The automotive industry is an important market for this technology, and the specific requirements and performance of the coating for these applications will be discussed. Based on latest market trends, processes to achieve not only bright but also matte and satin surface finishes will be shown.

13:50 - Tanning strategies for sustainable automotive leather
Dr Heinz-Peter Germann, head of product development, Wet-Green GmbH, GERMANY
The Wet-Green tanning system based on an aqueous olive leaf extract enables production of high-quality leathers suitable for applications in all kinds of areas, especially automotive, furniture for the residential and commercial/public sectors, leather goods and clothing. At the same time, the use of environmentally and health-relevant conventional chemical tanning agents like chromium(III) salts or glutaraldehyde is waived. This sets new standards regarding sustainability. The olive leaves are obtained in great quantities as a residue in connection with olive harvesting in the Mediterranean. Wet-Green tanning agent has been awarded the Cradle to Cradle gold certificate.

*This program may be subject to change

 
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