Automotive Engineering Forum


Conference Program - Automotive Engineering Forum

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.

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DAY 1 - Wednesday 31 October 2018


10:00 - 10:30


The automotive strategy

Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

10:30 - 10:45

Technology focus: laser cleaning 

Yang Jin, Production Director, Advanced Laser Technology


10:45 - 11:15

UK automotive industry: The Automotive Council & the UK supply chain

Mike Mychajluk, Supply Chain Projects & External Engagement Manager, Production Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover

Future of composites in automotive, hosted by Paul Gallen, Automotive Sector Manager, NCC

11:15 - 11:30



11:30 - 11:45



11:45 - 12:00



12:00 - 12:15



Supply chain transformation through the large-scale composites project

Paul Gallen & Hannah Tew, Automotive Sector Manager & Partnership Lead, National Composites Centre & Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre


Liquid thermoplastics for automotive applications

Sophie Cozien-Cazuc, Technical Manager, Far-UK Ltd


PS200 - Biobased prepregs for electric vehicle battery protection

Nick Smith, Technical Director, SHD Composites Materials Ltd


Characterising composite properties for automotive applications

Ian McEnteggart, Composite Market Manager, Instron UK

Silverstone Technology Cluster Presents, hosted by Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster

12:15 - 12:20



12:20 - 12:32



12:32 - 12:45




Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster


The industrial solution: 3D printing plastic parts

James Reeves, Managing Director, voxeljet UK Ltd


Data democracy for SMEs – removing the technical barriers to universal use of business intelligence software

Paul North, Managing Director, Illuminis Insight Software

EIS Presents

12:45 - 13:00


High temperature/high pressure environmental testing and control

Vicki Wilkes, Commercial Director, Phoenix Materials Testing Ltd

Autonomous Vehicles

13:00 - 13:10



13:10 - 13:20



13:20 - 13:30


The rapidly evolving market for autonomous vehicles

Aman Atak, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx


Hydrogen fuel cells and autonomous vehicles, guidance and standards

Tony Hicks & Andrew Syddell, Head of Business Development & Business Development Executive, The IET: The Institution of Engineering and Technology


Joint Q&A


13:30 - 14:00

 UK manufacturing and Brexit – an overview of the latest insights and intelligence

Fergus McReynolds, Director of EU Affairs, EEF

The automotive supply chain

14:00 - 14:20



14:20 - 14:40


Industry disruption – seize the skills opportunity

Josh Bunyan, Business Development Manager, Redware Limited


Developing your supply chain management approach for competitive advantage

Mike Dickinson, General Manager - Automotive, SMMT Industry Forum Limited

Niche Vehicle Network

14:40 - 15:10


LEAP 2 – An Innovative Automotive Body System

Laurence Parkins, System Engineer, Potenza Technology



AUTOMAN - Automated Reconfigurable Panel Manufacture for Rapid Delivery of Low Volume Pressed Forms

Steve Nesbitt, Chief Engineer Programme Management, The MTC


15:10 - 15:30

Future proofing the UK supply chain

Lawrence Davies MBE, Chief Adviser, DIT Automotive Sector, Department for International Trade

Focus on technology: 3D printing and additive manufacturing

15:30 - 15:45



15:45 - 16:00


3D printing in production - real case studies from auto, aero & marine sectors

James Reeves, Cameron Coyle & Gareth Darch, Managing Director, Sales Associate & Regional Sales Manager, Voxeljet UK Ltd


Large scale additive manufacture of engineering components using WAM

Stewart Williams, Professor of Welding Science and Engineering, Cranfield University

Focus on technology: joining technologies for hybrid materials

16:00 - 16:15



 16:15 - 16:30



Joining dissimilar materials for future automotive structures

Andre Oliveira, NSIRC PhD Student, Laser and Sheet Processes (TWI) - BCAST (Brunel)


Micro keyhole welding; a new laser process for joining thin and dissimilar materials

Mark Thompson, Director of Sales & Service, IPG Phototonics

DAY 2 - Thursday 1 November 2018

Industry overview

10:00 - 10:10

Opportunities for the industry

10:10 - 10:30


Technological advances and opportunities for growth

Andrew Ashby, Vice Chairman, Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN)

EIS Presents

10:30 - 10:45


The fundamentals of data capture & data analysis

 Adrian Lincoln, Signal Processing Technology Manager, Prosig     



Silverstone Technology Cluster Presents, Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster

10:45 - 10:50



10:50 - 11:07



11:07 - 11:15



Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster


Developing for the future: E-Motorsport

David Sadler, Sales and Marketing Assistant, OBP


Is our manufacturing IT up to tech?

Dorian Smellie, CEO, Total Control Pro

Technology focus: heat transfer

11:15 - 11:30


High tech heat exchangers for high tech electronics

Professor Tony Robinson, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Motorsport engineering

11:30 - 11:45


From motorsport to manufacturing

Dan Burge, Commercial Director, JRM Group

Focus on electrification

11:45 - 12:00



12:00 - 12:15



 12:15 - 12:30



 12:30 - 12:45


Electric vehicles: the melodrama of the coming 20 years

Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx


Extending the lifetime of EV batteries

Christopher Birkl, CEO, Brill Power


3M and automotive electrification: enabling tomorrow’s vehicles

Jeff Kapp, Advanced Application Engineer, 3M


Race to the clouds – from the record breaking VW I.D. R Pike Peak Car to the road

Jason King, Chief Engineer, Integral Powertrain



Niche Vehicle Network

12:45 - 13:15


 An introduction to the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme

Josh Denne, Advanced Propulsion Centre 




13:15 - 13:45


Worldwide harmonised light vehicle test procedure (WLTP) and the demands on product configuration and data management

Joy Batchelor, Technical Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover

Future of Composites in Automotive, hosted by Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels & Structures

13:45 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:15



14:15 - 14:30



14:30 - 14:45



Moving forward with composites in automotive

Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels and Structures


Thermoplastic overmoulding for automotive applications – a case study

Alasdair Ryder, Special Projects Engineer, Surface Generation


Lightweight composite suspension design and manufacture for ford

David Vickerman, Business Development Manager, GRM consulting


Braided composites for high volume

Steve Barbour, Managing Director, Composite Braiding Ltd

Simulation and testing

14:45 - 15:00


Overcoming test challenges of eCall/ERA-GLONASS

Thomas Leifert, Wireless Expert, Keysight

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