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Wednesday, March 13 • 09:45 - 10:15
Keynote Automotive Composites Circles: Recent Developments & Trends in Composites for Automotive

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Over the past few decades, our cars have transformed into technological marvels, becoming safer, cooler, and more exciting to drive, while improving efficiency and sustainability. During this march of innovation, it may not have been so noticeable that the use of plastics has skyrocketed. Today’s cars are comprised of about 50 percent plastics by volume. BUT because plastics are typically lighter than other materials, plastics comprise only ten percent of today’s cars by weight. Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities—acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency—can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials. Those “advanced” materials—such as polymer composites, carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, 3-D printed plastic parts —are enabling remarkable improvements in safety, design, and performance and may usher in a whole new era in vehicle manufacturing and sustainability. Discover the latest trends & innovations in Composite Technologies and how it can contribute to an efficient mobility, through the eyes of Dr Henning, Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology.

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Director Polymer Engineering & Deputy Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology
Prof. Dr. Frank Henning has been a Fellow in the Society of Plastics Engineers since 2013. Since 2016, he has been Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Manufacturing in Ulsan, Korea and since 2011 of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Research in London... Read More →

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Automotive Composites Circle Sponsor

Wednesday March 13, 2019 09:45 - 10:15 CET
Agora (Hall 5 / F99)