Automotive Engineering forum

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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

09:30 - 10:00

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


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

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 Group

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

SMMT Session

UK automotive – sector update and views on the future

Alice Seabrook-Martina, Senior Regional Engagement Manager, SMMT


11:30 - 12:00

HVMC Session

Engineering Sustainability

Rosa Wilkinson, Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult


12:00 - 13:00

Autonomous Vehicles

Terry Spall, 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

Supporting the UK’s Automotive Composites Supply Chain

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

Glass fibre composites for automotive

Mark Hudson, Nippon Electric Glass

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

Dr Nuno Lourenço, Senior Manager – Body CAE, 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 - 15:30

Silverstone 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

Martins Rubber

Carbon Nanotubes for Improved Performance in Automotive

Izaak Watson, Technical Manager, Martins Rubber


16:30 - 17:00

Niche Vehicle Network Session

Right Material, Right Place; Optimised Solutions for Automotive Composites

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 BEV’s in Extreme Environments

Chris Muir, Senior Design Manager, Williams Advanced Engineering

11:00 - 12:00

Big Data

Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Quality: Case Studies in the Automotive Industry

Mo Abuali, IoTco

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


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, Brillpower,

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

The Metal Matrix

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