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5th Automotive Plastics & Advanced Composites Summit

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

Are you interested in the latest advances in the solid union of design and engineering? Eager to explore new trends in lightweight uses, laser technology updates, 3D applications? What technologies and applications in automotive plastics should you acknowledge?

The annual Plastics & Advanced Composites Summit will explore what the future of automotive plastics has in store for autonomous and green cars.

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About

This 5th annual B2B event will enable participants to learn about the latest market trends, applications and technologies in automotive plastics.

Besides sharing best practices, this event offers a valuable opportunity for networking and partnering with businesses of diverse sizes and types.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics including emerging trends in automotive plastics, latest advances in the solid union of design and engineering, trends in lightweight uses, laser technology updates, 3D applications and what the future of automotive plastics has in store for autonomous and green cars. It is an honour and a privilege to invite you to participate in this Summit.

Who Should Attend

Chief Executives, Directors, Vice Presidents, Department Heads, Engineers, Leads, Managers, Scientists and Suppliers specialising in:

  • Plastics
  • Lightweight
  • Design
  • Composites
  • Structures
  • Marketing
  • R&D
  • Body Engineering
  • Brake System
  • Coating
  • Electronics
  • Powertrain
  • Batteries
  • E-mobility
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Simulation
  • Manufacturing
  • Welding
  • Testing
  • Recycling
  • Laser Technology
  • Material
  • Chemicals
  • Product Development
  • Business Development

REQUEST A BROCHURE

To request an agenda for this Summit, please complete the details below. We will send you the agenda via email.

Key Practical Learning Points

  • Automotive plastics overview and emerging innovations
  • Advanced composite lightweight solutions
  • Interior/exterior plastics design
  • From the view of OEMs: multi-material and hybrid designs
  • Computer simulations, typology optimisation and virtual prototyping
  • Design, layout and manufacture of bonded components
  • Plastics and electronics/sensors
  • E-mobility and new challenges
  • Recycling initiatives
  • Nanomaterials/nanocomposite/coatings
  • 3D-printing polymer applications
  • Biobased and sustainable polymer solutions

Dr. Jeffrey Helms, USA

Global Automotive Sales Director

Celanese

About Speaker

Daniel Tyrkas, DE

Director of Automotive Solutions

Mitsubishi Chemical Europe

About Speaker

Friedbert Schmitt, DE

Managing Director

Weber Fibertech

About Speaker

Luca Gili, IT

Materials Specialist

FCA Fiat Research Center, Group Materials Lab, Plastics Department

About Speaker

Dr. Reiner Nett, DE

Managing Director

Kegelmann Technik

About Speaker

Raquel Ledo Banobre, ES

Head of Materials Innovation Area

CTAG

About Speaker

Lasse Staal, DK

CEO

AddiFab

About Speaker

Dr. Nicolas Dufaure, FR

Global Business Development Manager Transportation

Arkema

About Speaker

Dan Jones, UK

Automotive Technology Development Manager

Gurit

About Speaker

Dr.-Ing. Timo Huber, DE

Vice President

Advanced Composite Technology Center ACTC Hengrui Corp. HRC

About Speaker

Dr. Christof Kujat, DE

New Business Development Manager - Pigments for Plastics

BASF Colors and Effects GmbH

About Speaker

Giacomo Parisi, IT

Global Marketing Leader Auto E&E

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers

About Speaker

Nicola Roda, IT

Global Head Of Automotive Business Development

Solvay

About Speaker

Laurent Gervat, FR

Technical Polymers and Composites Expert / Leader of the Upstream Strategy Material Team

Groupe Renault

About Speaker

Nicolas Batailley, FR

Automotive Sales Development Manager

Solvay Specialty Polymers

About Speaker

Ian Thompson, US

Chief Engineer Head of Innovation & New Technology

Grove Automotive

About Speaker

Matthew Defosse, DE

Industry Development Manager Automotive

PolyOne Corporation

About Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Helms, USA

Global Automotive Sales Director

Celanese

Dr. Helms received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1984 and his Ph. D. in chemistry in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Dr. Helms received his MBA from Michigan State University through the Executive MBA program in 2000. Dr. Helms has been employed by Celanese Corporation in the Engineered Materials business since November 2008, where he is the global automotive corporate accounts director. In this role, Dr. Helms is responsible for driving and coordinating the growth of Celanese product lines at the OEM level for Celanese priority global OEMs. Prior to November 2008, Dr. Helms had been employed by Ford Motor Company since October 1988. He held several positions in the Ford Research Laboratory including: plastics technical specialist, plastics research team leader, and manager of the materials research and advanced engineering. Over this time, he led or managed projects including lightweight materials, corrosion, coating technologies, fuel cell systems, materials characterisation, biomaterials, and manufacturing technologies. Following his tenure in the Ford Research Organisation, Dr. Helms held the position of manager, team value management, Ford North American product creation, manager of the paint material development and release activity in the Ford Global Paint Engineering Organisation, and chief engineer of materials engineering, testing and standards in the Ford Product Development Organisation. Dr. Helms is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.

Daniel Tyrkas, DE

Director of Automotive Solutions

Mitsubishi Chemical Europe

Daniel Tyrkas is director of automotive solutions at the regional headquarter EMEA of Mitsubishi Chemical. He drives collaboration, innovation and solutions across all business units of Mitsubishi Chemical EMEA to meet customers’ needs across multiple automotive segments and material classes. Daniel received his master’s in mechanical engineering/ Dipl.-Ing. from the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. His studies focussed on plastics, composites, processing, manufacturing and design engineering. Previously, Daniel worked as business development manager automotive at the carbon fibre and com­posites division of Mitsubishi Chemical focussing on materials and processes that enable high volume manufacturing of CFRP-composite parts. Before joining Mitsubishi Chemical, Daniel has held various technical and commercial positions within the plastics/composites/ automotive industry ranging from technology consulting to sales and marketing director, engineering, application and business development, contributing to the success of com­panies like Altran, General Electric Plastics and SABIC. Daniel has gathered more than 16 years of experience in composites and other high performance materials and components, mainly in the automotive industry.

Friedbert Schmitt, DE

Managing Director

Weber Fibertech

Friedbert Schmitt received a degree in aerospace engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He previously worked for Schefenacker AG and freeglass GmbH & Co. KG in Schwaikheim, Germany, developing plastic glazing for the automotive industry. In ZAT Automobiltechnik and Robust Plastics GmbH, he was a managing director, responsible for polymer processing with four sites and 500 employees. Now Friedbert is a managing director for Weber Fibertech.

Luca Gili, IT

Materials Specialist

FCA Fiat Research Center, Group Materials Lab, Plastics Department

Luca graduated in Industrial Chemistry at University of Turin. Joined CRF Polymers team in 2015 with a master thesis in green materials and technologies. Today he manages materials engineering and innovation activities for aesthetic and high performances plastics with focusing on bio and recycled materials. Luca is also managing the CRF activities within EU funded projects.

Dr. Reiner Nett, DE

Managing Director

Kegelmann Technik

Dr. Reiner Nett, aged 49, graduated in Automotive Engineering and re­ceived a doctor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering both at Technical University of Berlin. He is working for more than 22 years in the field of Automotive Safety taking responsibilities in research, numerical simula­tion, crash testing, regulatory affairs and product development. In TAKA­TA, he has established the European business unit of Child Safety Seats. He is responsible for engineering, marketing and sales of this growing business unit. The latest premium-positioned products and applied tech­nologies are implemented and sold by major European automotive man­ufacturers and by newly added selective retailers throughout Europe.

Raquel Ledo Banobre, ES

Head of Materials Innovation Area

CTAG

Raquel Ledo Banobre holds a master’s in telecommunication engineering, a degree in research proficiency and advanced studies, and a master’s in automobile enterprises management from the University of Vigo. With over 14 years’ experience, she is currently working as head of the materials innovation department in CTAG (Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia).

Before joining CTAG, Raquel worked as a project manager for a Tier 1 automotive firm. Afterwards, she worked in PSA Peugeot Citröen for three years. Over the last nine years, Raquel has been using her project management experience for R&D project management in CTAG, where she has been directly involved in over 10 EU projects (FP7 and H2020). She has also worked with the European Commission as an expert evaluator in H2020, SME Instrument and FET Open programmes.

Lasse Staal, DK

CEO

AddiFab

Dr. Nicolas Dufaure, FR

Global Business Development Manager Transportation

Arkema

Dan Jones, UK

Automotive Technology Development Manager

Gurit

Dan graduated from mechanical engineering and then a PhD in filament wound composite pressure vessels from Nottingham University UK. He has now worked in composite materials for over 25 years first designing composite parts and then process and material development. With Gurit he was worked in technical support then material, process, and manufacturing technology development. Over the last 5 years he was worked developing automotive materials and overseeing the implementation of prepreg compression moulding for automotive body panels. This work led to the development of a new short fibre prepreg material which he is going to present today.

Dr.-Ing. Timo Huber, DE

Vice President

Advanced Composite Technology Center ACTC Hengrui Corp. HRC

From 2001-07, Dr. Timo Huber studied mechanical engineering with the main focus on motor vehicle technology and polymer science at the University of Stuttgart. In 2007, he started at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Pfinztal, Germany, in the field of polymer engineering, where he initially worked as principal investigator (PI). In 2009, he headed the working group on injection moulding and extrusion. In 2011, he headed the research group thermoplastic processing focusing on high-volume production processes for thermoplastic composite parts. In 2014, he finished his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT. In 2015, he worked as deputy director of the department polymer engineering at the Fraunhofer ICT. Since 2019, Timo has been working for Hengrui Corporation HRC as vice president heading the Advanced Composite Technology Center ACTC, which focusses on collaboration with national and international partners from industry and R&D for high-volume composite lightweight solutions.

Dr. Christof Kujat, DE

New Business Development Manager - Pigments for Plastics

BASF Colors and Effects GmbH

Dr. Christof Kujat studied chemistry at the University of Hannover (Germany) and Stanford University (California, USA). He received his PhD in organic chemistry in March 2007, title: “Studies towards the total synthesis of Ripostatin A & B.” Since June 2007, Dr. Kujat has worked for BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The first 5 years of his career at BASF, he worked in the field of nanotechnology, focusing on surface modification and compounding of nanoparticles, later on focusing on printed electronics. Afterwards, he was responsible for global pigment development for industrial and decorative coatings. As of April 2018, Dr. Kujat began his current position as New Business Development Manager, Pigments for Plastics within BASF Colors and Effects.

Giacomo Parisi, IT

Global Marketing Leader Auto E&E

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers

Giacomo Parisi works as a Global Marketing Leader in Auto E&E Segment at DuPont, focusing on Power Train electrification, Autonomous & Connected car. Previously, he worked in different marketing and application development functions for specialty materials in auto and electrical sector. He received his MBA degree in 2011 from SDA Bocconi in Italy and Master’s Degree in Material Engineering in 2004 from Politecnico of Milan.

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).

Laurent Gervat, FR

Technical Polymers and Composites Expert / Leader of the Upstream Strategy Material Team

Groupe Renault

Since 2011, Laurent Gervat has been serving at Renault, an international automobile manufacturer headquartered in France, in the capacity of Expert for Technical Polymers and Composites. He also leads the Upstream Strategy Material Team, which is composed of buyers and engineers. Prior to that, Dr. Gervat had worked for over 20 years for Arkema, a global chemical company with operations in over 40 countries. He held various positions, both technical and marketing, for many of the polymers of the group. Earlier in his career, he was a Scientist at ESPCI (Paris), where he obtained his Ph-D, specializing in mechanical properties and processing of semi-crystalline polymers.

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.

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.

Matthew Defosse, DE

Industry Development Manager Automotive

PolyOne Corporation

Matt joined PolyOne in 2011 in a corporate marketing role, and since 2018 serves as industry development manager, automotive. PolyOne’s Color & Additives division develops polymer-based solutions that help manufacturers reach their goals for quality, cost management, and sustainable operations. Matt’s presentation will highlight real-world examples, and he will bring parts and samples for attendees to inspect.

Dr. Jeffrey Helms, USA

Global Automotive Sales Director

Celanese

Daniel Tyrkas, DE

Director of Automotive Solutions

Mitsubishi Chemical Europe

Friedbert Schmitt, DE

Managing Director

Weber Fibertech

Luca Gili, IT

Materials Specialist

FCA Fiat Research Center, Group Materials Lab, Plastics Department

Dr. Reiner Nett, DE

Managing Director

Kegelmann Technik

Raquel Ledo Banobre, ES

Head of Materials Innovation Area

CTAG

Lasse Staal, DK

CEO

AddiFab

Dr. Nicolas Dufaure, FR

Global Business Development Manager Transportation

Arkema

Dan Jones, UK

Automotive Technology Development Manager

Gurit

Dr.-Ing. Timo Huber, DE

Vice President

Advanced Composite Technology Center ACTC Hengrui Corp. HRC

Dr. Christof Kujat, DE

New Business Development Manager - Pigments for Plastics

BASF Colors and Effects GmbH

Giacomo Parisi, IT

Global Marketing Leader Auto E&E

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers

Nicola Roda, IT

Global Head Of Automotive Business Development

Solvay

Laurent Gervat, FR

Technical Polymers and Composites Expert / Leader of the Upstream Strategy Material Team

Groupe Renault

Nicolas Batailley, FR

Automotive Sales Development Manager

Solvay Specialty Polymers

Ian Thompson, US

Chief Engineer Head of Innovation & New Technology

Grove Automotive

Matthew Defosse, DE

Industry Development Manager Automotive

PolyOne Corporation

What our
participants
are saying

"Thanks, Vonlanthen for providing the opportunities!
The opportunity to present the concept of the Smart Paint Factory was great - but not the biggest positive in my point of view.
The greatest positive for me was the opportunity to meet a huge number of very nice people to exchange information and opinions, and learn a ton in just 2 days! The only pity: I was not able to get in touch with everybody, thus missing opportunities...
Thanks again, and congrats for getting such an interesting bunch of speakers and delegates together in one place!"

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Dr. Ulf Stalmach

ORONTEC

“Vonlanthen Group staff organization of Automotive Painting & Advanced Coating Summit was excellent in all aspects. Thanks a lot to them for their careful planning and hospitality. Special thanks go to Ivan Kucharuk for his omnipresent, energetic and positive style!”



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Tolga Diraz

Korozyon Doktoru

"Really interesting experience! High level of networking and so kindly meeting, new ideas, and sharing advance technology’s items!"



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Chiara Annesi

Automobili Lamborghini