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4th Automotive Painting & Advanced Coatings Summit

  • 20th – 21st May 2021
  • Italy flag Italy Milan
  • Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel Malpensa Terminal 1, Strada Statale 336, 21010

The Vonlanthen Group is excited to host the fourth annual B2B event that is custom fit to your needs and aims to provide you with insight into market trends, applications, and technologies in automotive paint, coating, and surface innovations.

Gain valuable knowledge throughout a broad spectrum of topics, including emerging trends and rising challenges in the mechanical performance of automotive paint systems. The special focus will be on Industry 4.0 and digitalization.

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About

This Summit brings together experts from varied professions, organisations and industries who have profound knowledge and experience in automotive paint and coating. Besides sharing best practices, this event offers a valuable opportunity for networking and partnering. The Summit covers a wide spectrum of topics, including emerging trends in automotive paint and coating, automotive paint systems, digitalisation, challenges in mechanical performance of automotive paint systems, critical performance factors, influence of paint material and thickness on ADAS and environmental aspects of automotive paint technologies. A special focus will be on Industry 4.0 and digitalisation. It is an honour and a privilege to invite you to participate in this Summit. We look forward to welcoming you in Milan!

Who Should Attend

Chief Executives, Directors, Vice Presidents, Department Heads, Leaders and Managers, Researchers, Scientists, Engineers, Technologists, Chemists specialising in:

  • Research & Development
  • Chemical Research
  • Materials Development
  • Applied Technology
  • Technical Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Automotive OEMs
  • Coats & Paintings
  • Chemical Companies
  • Consultancies
  • Automotive Design
  • Innovations
  • Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Applications
  • Development Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Automotive Tiers
  • Digitalisation
  • Virtual Solutions
  • Quality Control
  • Robotics
  • Technology
  • Marketing 

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Key Practical Learning Points

  • Emerging trends in automotive paint and coating
  • Automotive paint systems development and its challenges
  • Colour development, evaluation and quality control
  • Surface quality in styling and design
  • Industry 4.0 and digitalisation: key industry interests
  • How to improve the quality through the Industry 4.0 tools
  • AI and future 5.0
  • Pollution crisis in a painting process
  • Functional and smart coatings innovations and challenges
  • Adhesives, sealants, elastomers and anti-corrosion coatings
  • Paintings and corrosion protection systems
  • Influence of paint material and thickness on ADAS assistance systems
  • Improved LiDAR detection by intelligent pigment selection

Dirk Michels, DE

Project Manager

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering & Automation IPA

Dirk Michels studied chemical engineering at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld, Germany. Since September 2000, he has been a member of the scientific staff at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart. From 2006-14, he held various positions with responsibility in projects and personnel in various companies in the paint processing industry as well as in consulting. Since 2014, he has been working as a project manager in the department of coating systems and paint­ing technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA). His major topics are the development and planning of innovative coating processes as well as the optimisation of existing coating plant concepts.

Patrick Magnier, FR

Paint Process Engineer - Senior Expert

Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior

Auto Exterior based in France. He is a worldwide Plastic Omnium paint network manager and is dedicated to premium customers including JLR, Volvo, VW, Daimler, and BMW. He studied to become an industrial engineer and has 36 years of experi­ence in plastic painting parts within the automotive sector. He is a green belt in 6 sigma, an internal (PO) master trainer, and is skilled in waterborne and solventborne paint technology. He has started up several plants and is a tutor for young students.

Dr. Meiko Hecker, DE

Managing Director

AOM-Systems

Richard Caetano, FR

Paint Process Expert for Oven & Paint Booth

Groupe PSA

Richard Caetano is a paint process expert for ovens and paint booths, and he has a PhD in fluid mechanics. His experience includes a three-year tenure at AEC and five and a half years at DÜRR Systems. He has served as an expert for PSA since 2006 and his responsibilities include paint booths, ovens, VOCs, air filtration and process energy management.

Jan Winterberg, DE

Engineer / Consultant

Allianz Center for Technology

After graduating from high school in 2007, Jan completed an apprentice- ship as a motor vehicle mechatronics technician at the Porsche Centre in Solingen. From 2010-2015 Jan studied automotive engineering at FH Köln with a practical semester in the R-D department at Porsche AG in Weissach. After starting at Allianz Deutschland AG in Cologne in 2015 as a motor vehicle expert and accident analyst, he joined Allianz Versicherungs AG in 05/2017 as a consultant. He is co-responsible for paint system as to all activity fields. Supports national and international key accounts. Jan is responsible for paint database and calculation tool. He is a part of different project groups.

Hande Kilic, TR

Senior Corrosion Expert

MAN Truck & Bus

Dr. Paul Brown, CH

Global Innovation Manager – Organic Pigments

BASF Colors & Effects

Paul Brown has a degree in chemistry and subsequent doctorate in sterically substituted organotin compounds from Bath University in 1989. He joined the coatings industry with IDAC (ICI & DuPont Automotive Coatings) in April 1989 (various roles from ecoat technical manager to customer lab team leader). He then joined International Coatings in December 1995 and subsequently Akzo Nobel in 1999, after which in 2000 he moved to Germany as international product development manager – transportation coatings. Paul joined the pigment industry at Ciba Spezialitäten Chemie in Basel in February 2004 and subsequently BASF (2009)/BASF Colors & Effects (2016) in the role of global innovation manager - organic pigments.

Dr. Dietmar Chmielewski, DE

General Manager PC P&W

EFTEC AG

Daniel Pittaluga, USA

Senior Manager – Paint Group, Production Engineering

Toyota Motor North America

A native of Argentina, Daniel Pittaluga also lived in Brazil before relocating to the United States in 1979. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. His automotive career began in 1984 with Ford Motor Company in Atlanta. As a process engineer in paint he focussed on waste reduction – a personal passion – before being promoted to engineering manager at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. His productivity advances there eventually led him to a career with Toyota in 2002. Daniel began with Toyota at the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky. There he managed the paint engineering group and expanded its role across North America. In 2010, he joined supplier engineering development, supporting suppliers through quality and capacity improvements. Daniel spent two years at Toyota’s Design Center in Michigan developing a simultaneous engineering group before being promoted to senior manager. He returned to production engineering in 2017. His current responsibilities include productivity improvement projects for Toyota Mississippi plant and new paint shop construction in Alabama, a joint venture with Mazda and Toyota. Daniel holds a BSc in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as an MSc in business administration from Georgia State University.

Ralph Meier, DE

Head of Paint Shop Application Technology Europe

FANUC Europe GmbH

Ralph Meier has 30 years of experience in paint applications, including over 15 years in developing paint application systems. He has worked for a global paint line builder in several management positions and has a degree as a mechanical engineer. Since April 1, 2018, he has been working for FANUC Europe Paint Group.

Dr. Carlos Vignolo, DE

Applied Colorimetric & Data Management

BASF Coatings

Carlos Vignolo graduated in 1991 with a PhD in Physics from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD at GSI TU University in Darmstadt, Germany. He has over 25 years of international experience as a Physicist at BASF in Color and Quality Labs. He started in 1992 as Head of Quality and Color Labs at BASF in Argentina. In 2000 he came to Europe as Head of Color Management. Carlos is currently Project Manager at BASF Coatings for Applied Colorimetric, Methods and Data for Automotive Coatings including Color Management and Harmony 4.0. Carlos’ research has yielded several patents including Index for Determining a Quality of a Color.

Andrea Anfuso, IT

Sales Executive – Information Solutions

Rockwell Automation

Andrea has spent 15 years supporting Manufacturing Companies in their Digital Transformation. Ensuring continuous improvement and value realization through the implementation of different IT solutions: Manufacturing Op- erations Management (MOM/MES), Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). After a working experience in LATAM as Founder and Managing Director of a consulting company, has joined Rockwell to work with strategic customers in EMEA. His mission is to bring Industry 4.0 to life, unveiling the benefits of the new technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Ian Thompson, US

Chief Engineer Head of Innovation & New Technology

Grove Automotive

Professional Automotive engineer with over 34 years of experience in the industry. Areas of expertise includes complete vehicle interiors, body structures and materials technologies. A graduate of University of Hertfordshire in the UK with a Masters in Automotive Design, Manufacture and Management. Has worked in both the OEM and Tier supplier sides of the business and also in US, Europe and Asian markets. Worked in both the high volume, mass market vehicles, with the likes of Jeep, Peugeot and Ford brands and also in the low volume niche vehicle market with Lotus, Aston Martin, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Karma. Current role is designing and developing a new range of luxury high end hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and also leading innovation and new technology initiatives within the organization.

Nicola Roda, IT

Global Head Of Automotive Business Development

Solvay

Nicola started to work 20 years ago in the Specialty Polymers Business of Solvay (Solvay Ausimont/Solvay Solexis/Solvay Specialty Polymers) covering mainly Business & Sales Development roles for European and Asian markets mainly for Fluoropolymers. He was then appointed Global Product Manager for Fluoroelastomers and Perfluorelastomers in 2013 and he covered that role until 2018. During that period he led various Capacity Expansion programs in Europe, China and North America as well as launching new products for the Automotive market. Since 2018 he is the Global Head of the Automotive Business development team for Solvay Specialty Polymers with the aim to position and grow the business across the entire portfolio of the company (HPPA, PPA, PPS, PEEK, PSU, PAI, Fluoropolymers).

Nicolas Batailley, FR

Automotive Sales Development Manager

Solvay Specialty Polymers

Nicolas started his career in the automotive industry 20 years ago, working for ma­jor Tier 1 and chemical companies (Electricfil Industrie/Unifil Electronic/Sintertech/ Federal Mogul) in France, Turkey and Brazil. He held various increasing positions in project management and sales and marketing. Nicolas was appointed by Solvay En­gineering Plastics in 2007 to develop the thermal management segment. He became application development manager in 2009 prior to holding the position of automotive business development manager for EMEA in 2011. In 2016, Nicolas took the posi­tion of global e-mobility leader to develop the emerging market of electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles. In November 2018, Nicolas was appointed automotive sales development manager by Solvay Specialty Polymers to develop e-mobility and automotive market with innovative solutions based on ultra-polymers, high perfor­mance polymers and fluoropolymers.

Phil Collins, UK

Director – Advanced R&D

Global Inkjet Systems

Dirk Michels, DE

Project Manager

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering & Automation IPA

Patrick Magnier, FR

Paint Process Engineer - Senior Expert

Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior

Dr. Meiko Hecker, DE

Managing Director

AOM-Systems

Richard Caetano, FR

Paint Process Expert for Oven & Paint Booth

Groupe PSA

Jan Winterberg, DE

Engineer / Consultant

Allianz Center for Technology

Hande Kilic, TR

Senior Corrosion Expert

MAN Truck & Bus

Dr. Paul Brown, CH

Global Innovation Manager – Organic Pigments

BASF Colors & Effects

Dr. Dietmar Chmielewski, DE

General Manager PC P&W

EFTEC AG

Daniel Pittaluga, USA

Senior Manager – Paint Group, Production Engineering

Toyota Motor North America

Ralph Meier, DE

Head of Paint Shop Application Technology Europe

FANUC Europe GmbH

Dr. Carlos Vignolo, DE

Applied Colorimetric & Data Management

BASF Coatings

Andrea Anfuso, IT

Sales Executive – Information Solutions

Rockwell Automation

Ian Thompson, US

Chief Engineer Head of Innovation & New Technology

Grove Automotive

Nicola Roda, IT

Global Head Of Automotive Business Development

Solvay

Nicolas Batailley, FR

Automotive Sales Development Manager

Solvay Specialty Polymers

Phil Collins, UK

Director – Advanced R&D

Global Inkjet Systems

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What our
participants
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"Great discussions and insights on current and next-generation surface technologies and paints for automotive. Lower VOC, addressing e-mobility needs and better corrosion protection - to mention just a few topics."

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Dr. Stefan Picker

Henkel

"Automotive painting community needs each other in a cozy environment to share our subjects. I think this kind of events is an interesting activity."



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Raquel Machado

Faurecia

"It was a very good networking"



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Edith Sollbauer

Sirmax Deutschland GmbH