Automotive Engineering forum

The UK's largest annual exhibition and conference for advanced manufacturers & supply chain professionals

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Seminar programme

Take a look at the free-to-attend Automotive Engineering forum, including topics such as, Electrification and Hybrid, Autonomy, Lightweighting, Sustainable Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing

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Wednesday 30 October


10:00 - 10:25

10:00 - 10.05

10:05 - 10:10


10:10 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:20


10:20 - 10:25

Pecha Kucha - Exhibitor Pitches

Advanced Manufacturing; How to Share Best Practice and Productivity and Connect the Supply Chain for Mutual Benefit

Dolores Sanders, Strategic Director, Total Control Pro Ltd

Gearing up for litigation in the automotive industry

Darren Mitchell, UK and European Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson

The Innovation Imperative

Mike Price, Founder & Director, MPA

Delivering Effective New Product Introduction (Manufacturing/Research and Development)

Robin Talwar, Principal Consultant – NPI and Lifecycle Management, Industry Forum

High temperature and high performance polymer masterbatches for advanced engineering

Derek Hepburn, Technical Director, Colloids


10:30 - 11:00


Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System

Alan Banks, Lightweight Innovation Structures Supervisor, Ford Motor Company


11:00 - 11:30

Get ready for Brexit: Aluminium Federation in partnership with HM Government

Fiona Hitchiner, Senior Policy Advisor, EU Exit & Trade Policy, Infrastructure and Materials, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Tom Jones, CEO, Aluminium Federation


11:30 - 12:00

HVMC Session

Engineering Sustainability

Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult


12:00 - 13:00

Autonomous Vehicles

Creating High Performance Engineers – Formula Student AI

Terry Spall, President Elect – ImechE, Commercial Director, MIRA

How will the lidar technology and business landscape evolve?

Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Advancing Lidar Technology with Simulation

Zhaoying Li, Applications Engineer, COMSOL


13:00 - 13:30


Delivering Intelligent Solutions

Dan Burge, Commercial Director, Lotus Engineering & Technology


13:30 - 14:30

Composites for Automotive

Glass fibre composites for automotive

Mark Hudson, Sales Manager, Nippon Electric Glass

System V and Organic Design – Scaling up to High-Volume Automotive

Frederic Sicard, Jaguar Land Rover

InterCOMP – Integrated Compression Moulding Process

Rachel Weare, Lead Engineer - Structural Composite Manufacturing, WMG

Sustainability and Recycling of CFRP within the Automotive Sector

John McQuilliam, Chief Engineer, Prodrive


14:30 - 15:15

Silverstone Technology Cluster Presents

A brief introduction to the STC

Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster

Achieving Automotive Production Volume with 3D Sand Printing

James Reeves, Managing Director, voxeljet UK Ltd

Accelerating Design Development with Realtime Design Review

Nicholas John, Industrial Design & Visualisation Manager, Symetri Ltd


15:15 - 15:30

The DIT Presents

UK Government Support for the Automotive Industry

Lawrence Davies MBE, Chief Adviser to DIT Automotive Team, Department for Internation Trade


15:30 - 15:50

The Automotive Supply Chain

National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels

Andy Spence, General Manager, Industry Forum


15:50 - 16:10

Trinity Session

New cooling technology for electronics in automobiles

Professor Tony Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


16:10 - 16:30

Elastomers in Automotive

Carbon Nanotubes for Improved Performance in Automotive

Izaak Watson, Technical Manager, Martins Rubber


16:30 - 17:00

Right Material, Right Place; Optimised Solutions for Automotive Composites

Even Niche Car Makers Can Have Multi-Material Bodies

Lyndon Saunders, Director and General Manager, Far-UK

Shattering Preconceptions - Tough Structural Composites for Arduous Applications

Will Battrick, Carbon Three Sixty

Thursday 31 October


09:40 - 10:00

The EIS presents

Optical Measurement for Finite Element Simulation Verification

Rob Wood, Sales Engineer, EIS/GOM UK


10:00 - 10:20

The IET presents

IET supporting businesses through partnerships

Nidhi Shukla, Partnership Account Manager, The IET

10:20 - 10:40

Crash Safety

Design of carbon fibre car bodies for crash safety

Luke McEwen, Principal Engineer, Gurit Composite Engineering

10:40 - 11:00

Motorsport Engineering

Powering BEVs in Extreme Environments

Chris Muir, Senior Design Manager, Williams Advanced Engineering

11:00 - 12:00

Big Data

Reimagining engineering with AI

Richard Ahlfeld, Founder, Monolith AI

Data Driven Services - How data is driving the smart the factory

Nishant Raj, Industry 4.0 Lead, Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions


12:00 - 13:00

CAV Automation: The Journey to Full Autonomy

Tom Robinson, Technical Director, Conigital

Ass Prof Parmjit Chima, Head of Engineering, Agritech, Harper Adams University

George Filip, KTN


13:00 - 14:00


Lightweighting Energy Storage

Malcolm Earp, Chief Commercial Officer, The Ultimate Battery Company

Market and Technology Outlook for Electric Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles

Dr David Wyatt, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Intelligent battery management to drive the electric revolution

Christoph Birkl, CEO, Brill Power,

14:00 - 15:00

Focus on Materials

Advanced joining technologies in automotive applications

Dr. Mehran Maalekian, CTO, Mat-Tech

Performance, Delivered: Nanomaterial Enhanced Elastomers for Automotive Applications

Thomas Greaves, Senior Project Manager, Haydale

Graphene in a UK commercial automotive paint primer

Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director, Applied Graphene Materials

Increasing the Performance of Electric Motors with Aluminium Matrix Composites

Richard Thompson, Commercial Director, Alvant Ltd


15:00 - 16:00

Additive Manufacturing

How can 3D optical metrology support Additive Manufacturing?

Kevin Hawley, Sales Manager, GOM UK Ltd

Process Control of Laser Powder Bed Fusion in a Service Bureau

Dr Simon Bubb, RA in Additive manufacture, Ulster University