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Following on from the successes in 2015, 2016 was another record year for the UK new car market. Registrations hit yet another high, exceeding the expectations of many and maintained steady growth throughout the year. In step with this trend Automotive Engineering continues its growth as the UK’s dedicated event for manufacturers and the automotive industry supply chain, covering all areas of the industry, from R & D, through design, test, and production.

Please note, as with all live events, the conference programme is subject to change.



Testing Intelligent, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Gunwant Dhadyalla, Principal Engineer - Energy and Electrical Systems Group, WMG, University of Warwick


Materials Information Management for Automotive Product Design and Development

Introducing a new material into the automotive supply chain demands full understanding of the performance envelope for mechanical and physical properties. Data are required well beyond those found in specifications or material producers’ information packs. This is challenging for structural materials, especially for crash safety, where we must understand the material and develop new models to accurately describe its behaviour.

This presentation shares experience from materials information specialist Granta Design in working with Automotive OEMs to manage the full materials data lifecycle, from test to simulation. This includes generating a consistent set of material definitions for CAD, CAE, and PLM.

Andy Reilly, EMEA Sales Director, Granta Design


Curated and presented by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Phase-change in Air - A New Source of Zero Carbon Energy For A New Generation Of All-purpose Engines

Tony Dye, MD, Epicam


Why waste heat when you can store it? The Possibilities for Heat Storage in Automotive Applications

Bob Austin, Manager - Global Automotive Business, Sunamp


Additive Manufacturing for Future Powertrains: Integration, Innovation and Industrialisation

Andrew Jones, ‎Design Engineer, HiETA


Future Mobility

The automotive industry is faced with changing needs and requirements for future mobility solutions.  The sharing economy, new mobility concepts, future legislation and connectivity developments are continually challenging the technology boundaries for tier one suppliers.

Ian Simmons, VP Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R & D, Magna International


KEYNOTE: UK Automotive Driving the Future

Lawrence Davies MBE, CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation, DIT


Brief Introduction

Roz Bird, Commercial Director, Silverstone Park


Pim van Baarsen, Chief Executive, Silverstone Technology Cluster

How Major Corporations Harvest Technology from the their Supply Chains

The talk will briefly describe the challenges for major corporations and SME suppliers in the transfer of technology.  Examples of good and bad practices will be described.

Stephen Ball, STC Ambassador

All Change Please!

Why so much stuff is in the process of change, who are the actors delivering the lines, and when will it all switch from concept to reality? A perspective on how the electric vehicle proposition is being accelerated by some fundamental shifts.

Roger Atkins, Founder, Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd


Extreme Heat Transfer - Unlocking the Science to Optimize the Design and Manufacturing Next Generation Automotive Systems and Devices

Like many others, the automotive industry is being faced with increasing demand for information processing and are including evermore high technology electronic components and packages in their automobile designs. The current trends, including the computerization of transport, autonomous vehicles, high power LEDs, advanced thermal comfort and the pending proliferation of electric vehicle are changing the landscape of automotive thermal management.

A particularly critical issue is the escalating power density of electronic components. As heat fluxes exceed 100 W/cm2, conventional air cooling technologies are no longer viable.

In the near future, heat fluxes 10 times this level are projected and illustrates the obvious fact that if advanced cooling technologies are not engineered in pace with the advancement of electronics components, thermal management will inhibit progress of new age automobiles.

In this this talk, some promising emerging technologies for extreme heat transfer will be discussed and future trends and outlook will be outlined.

Professor Anthony Robinson, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin.


SPLICE – Specialist Polymer Lightweight Springs: Innovative Processing using Conventional Equipment

Dr Richard Dignall, Technical Director,  Institute of Spring Technology


Warranty 3 years, life 10 years, production is in 1 year; how do you test?

Probably the most important attribute of any product, such as a car, is its durability. Obviously a products performance is essential, such as acceleration, handling, carrying capacity, comfort or fuel efficiency, but this is only a small part of the equation. Ask yourself if you would buy your next car if it only lasted a short time and you couldn’t sell it on to a second owner.

This gives an interesting dilemma to the test engineer. The design or marketing requirement is to have a long life, warranties now exceed 3 years, user life in excess of 10 years. But there is a huge pressure from companies to reduce the design and development period, often now less than a year.

How then do we prove a product to be durable? Can we accelerate any testing inside the one year development cycle, but still include all the correct inputs from a 10 year life? More importantly to also prove all of the production will be durable?

This presentation will outline a little of the history of accelerated durability testing, and some of the modern processes being used for the accurate acceleration of the development and testing of new products.

David Ensor, Engineering Integrity Society


Curated and presented by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Working with the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

Dr Andy Sellars, Chief Business Development Officer, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult


Using Wide Bandgap Transistors in Real World Converters – Opportunities and Challenges

Dr Iain Mosely, Managing Director, Converter Technology Ltd


Driving Down the Cost of Silicon Carbide Devices

Jill Shaw, CEO, Anvil Semiconductors


RFID tags and sensors for the Connected Intelligent Tyre

  • Tyre Supply Chain and lifecycle
  • Tyre as its own power source
  • The Connected Tyre and the Autonomous vehicle

Marcus Taylor, CEO, Silent Sensors Ltd



Dr Viv Stephens, Programme Director of the NVN

Powertrain development for a Small Efficient Recreational Vehicle

The presentation explains how, with NVN support, OakTec, Rage Motorsport and GOTec Vehicle Systems built a prototype leisure buggy incorporating a novel efficient Pulse-R gas engine and a novel intelligent CVT transmission in a lightweight Rage buggy chassis so demonstrating a unique solution for small highly efficient leisure vehicles.

Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of OakTec, Inventor of the Pulse-R engine technology

Carbon/flax micro-sandwich laminates to reduce part cost, weight and NVH

The CF-MicroLam project, supported by Niche Vehicle Network, aimed to reduce the weight, cost, NVH and environmental impact of carbon fibre body structures by replacing a proportion of the carbon layers with natural flax fibre. Demonstrator panels were manufactured and implemented on the Riversimple Rasa hydrogen-powered car.

Brendon Weager, Technical Director, Composites Evolution Ltd


Assessing the Readiness of your Supply Chain

This session discusses the supply chain challenges of upscaling in the manufacturing sector. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels
  • Gain knowledge on how to assess the maturity of your supply chain
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study from the UK electric vehicle sector

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Senior Lecturer, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University


Advanced Tooling Prepregs: Increasing Efficiency, Reducing Cost

Graham Roberts, Business Development Manager, Formula One and High End Automotive, TenCate Advanced Composites


ToPCaT - Thermoplastic Carbon Chassis Structure

Kieron Salter, Managing Director, KW Special Projects


Global Analysis of Advanced Lightweight Technologies within the Automotive Sector

Richard Collins, Technology Analyst, IDTechex


Panel Session - Q&A



Breakthrough Battery Technology – Using Highly Conductive Polymer Plates to make Batteries more Powerful and Affordable

  • Highly Conductive Polymer recently created for electronic component screening in the aviation and automotive industries has been developed for battery plates making them lighter, more powerful and less expensive.
  • Bipolar batteries, with their double energy can now be, reliable, inexpensive and mass producible.
  • Using Lead-Carbon chemistry these bipolar Ultimate batteries can deliver the same power as a starter battery but save at least 10kg in weight.
  • With a similar chemistry the Ultimate battery can replicate characteristics of a Lithium-ion battery at 1/3 of the cost.

Malcolm Earp, Chief Commercial Officer, The Ultimate Battery Company


PCBFC™: The High-Performance, Low-Cost, Mass-Manufacturable Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Dr Tom Mason, CEO, Bramble Energy


Future proof your business - from risk to resilience

In the current turbulent climate, business need to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental changes and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper. At BSI we have looked at the role standards can play in organisations in order to help them prepare for future changes. We would like to share our model that based on a series of questions to determine the organizations needs and requirements and areas for improvement.

Robert Brown, Global Automotive Product Champion at BSI


Curated and presented by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Graphene Enhanced Composites for Automotive Applications

Graphene reinforce thermoplastic and thermoset composites have shown increase in strength of up to 25% while also giving the materials enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity. This talk with summarise result from recent project in CPI on structural composites.

Dr Tom Taylor, Director of Future Business, CPI


High Quality 2D materials for Automotive Applications

Paul Ladislaus, Advanced Materials Research Leader, Thomas Swan


New Graphene-Based Pressure Sensor Technology for Automotive Applications

Atomic Mechanics Ltd is a new spin-out business of the University of Manchester. It has been created to develop, manufacture and commercialise an innovative range patented sensor and touch interface technologies. The first type of sensor that Atomic Mechanics will manufacture is a highly sensitive, MEMS pressure sensor capable of maintaining accuracy over a wide range of temperatures and mechanically, thermally and chemically challenging operating environments. As well as measuring pressure, other sensors using graphene and other 2D materials can be incorporated onto the same MEMs chip giving the device true multi-functionality. This will enable the device to also measure; temperature, humidity, pH, light intensity and various chemical reactions.

Dr Christian Berger, CTO, Atomic Mechanics Ltd


Exploitation of Graphene Enhanced CFRP Materials in High Performance Automotive

The multi-award winning BAC Mono is the world’s only road-legal single seater supercar, and delivers a road-legal Formula racing experience. The British designed, hand built car combines purist driving with unparalleled bespoke tailoring and the very latest in motorsport technology.

Neill Briggs, Co-Founder and Director of Product Development, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Ltd


Support SME Innovation in the UK

Nina Walsh - Project Delivery Lead at APC

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Sam Cockerill, Chief Exec, Libertine

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Mike Edwards, Meteor Power


Panel Session - Q&A


Brief Introduction:

Roz Bird, Commercial Director, Silverstone Park
Pim van Baarsen, Chief Executive, Silverstone Technology Cluster

The Sports Aero Solution Wind Tunnel

Rob Lewis, Managing Director, TotalSim Ltd

Digital and Advanced Manufacturing

Kieron Salter, Managing Director, KW Special Projects Ltd


KEYNOTE: Advanced Petrol Engine Technologies leading to Fuel Consumption Gains

Legislation on CO2 emissions had previously encouraged a reliance on diesel vehicles to help achieve fleet average targets. However, air-quality issues and real-world driving legislation is forcing a re-think and the potential contribution of diesel engines towards fleet-average CO2 will be significantly reduced. In parallel, whilst there are very strong movements towards electrification of passenger car powertrains, the energy density and recharge rates of battery storage systems make such systems suitable only for relatively short commutes with plenty of charging time in between journeys.

Practical transportation solutions require that gasoline engines continue to be developed to their ultimate efficiency potential.

This presentation draws on a recent concept engine development project undertaken by Cosworth, and identifies methods whereby gasoline engines can rival the fuel efficiency of diesel engines. It details the development of a 2.0 litre GDI engine delivering 105kW/litre, yet capable of less than 300g/kW.h BSFC at 2000/2.0bar BMEP using technologies available for high-volume production.

Paul Freeland, Principal Engineer / Project Manager, Cosworth Limited


Grabbing The Bull by its Parts!

How aftermarket capability innovation is transforming parts & equipment manufacturers to enhance growth, competitiveness and customer value.

Adrian Botham, Director, Servispart Consulting


City Car Carbon Fibre Crash Structures - Designing and Testing an ultra-light Electric City Car to meet the Crash Test

Lyndon Sanders, Director & General Manager, Far Composites


High Fidelity Simulation in Immersive Virtual Automotive Prototypes

STRIVE project created a new ‘digital’ supply chain for the automotive sector. STRIVE developed an integrated solution of high fidelity simulation, immersive virtual prototypes and processes for application for automotive industry. The result are significantly reduced timescales for the development of new vehicles and enhanced build quality.

Jacques Delacour, President, CEO & Founder, OPTIS


Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications

Bringing together composites and thermoplastic injection moulding capabilities into an efficient automotive solution.

Matt Sellens, Business Development Manager, Formaplex


The Need for Consistent Testing: Connecting Industry and Standardisation with Reality!

When testing materials and structures, it is essential to be sure that we are testing what we think we are. Of nearly equal importance is the ability to compare results with others, be they collaborators, suppliers, or competitors. For these reasons, both formal and informal standards in testing have an enormous effect on our work as engineers and scientists.

In this talk we will discuss some origins of standardisation, the challenges of creating comparable data, and some examples of how experimental effects can create unexpected pitfalls in mechanical testing.

Peter Bailey, Engineering Integrity Society


Composites in Automotive - Chris Hare, Coventive Composites, part of the NetComposites Group

Composites Solutions For Automotive Application

Jimmy Hori, Sales Development Manager, Toho Tenax


Design of a lightweight Composite Suspension System

David Vickerman, Business Development Manager, GRM Consulting


Manufacturing Lightweight Composites at Automotive Volumes

Peter Quigley,  Engineering Manager, CCP Gransden


Panel Session - Q&A

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