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Wednesday, March 13 • 10:15 - 11:00
Composite Solutions for the Future of Mobility: Less is the Way!

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As providers of mobility products and services, OEMs are constantly in search of innovative answers to the question: What will move us forward into the future?
Car manufacturers and suppliers are putting ever-increasing efforts into developing cutting-edge, sustainable tech components. The constant need for lightweighting, engine downsizing, and vehicle electrification are expected to drive demand and adoption of composites in automotive applications.
Discover the opportunities and challenges for composites in new mobility solutions!

avatar for Patrick BLANCHARD (Ford Motor Company)

Patrick BLANCHARD (Ford Motor Company)

Global Technical Leader – Composites, Ford Motor Company
Patrick Blanchard is a Technical Leader for Lightweight Materials at Ford Research & Advanced Engineering. He completed his graduate studies and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Since joining Ford in 1999, he has focused on the... Read More →
avatar for Friedbert SCHMITT (Weber Fibertech)

Friedbert SCHMITT (Weber Fibertech)

Managing Director, Weber Fibertech
Friedbert Schmitt joined Weber Fibertech as Managing Director in September 2017. In this role, he is responsible for the definition of the company strategy and objectives as well as developing and manufacturing new long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic parts with his team. He started... Read More →
avatar for Karl-Heinz FUELLER

Karl-Heinz FUELLER

Responsible for material innovations and BIW concept development, Daimler
Dr. Füller studied mechanical engineering at the University Stuttgart (Germany, 1988-1994) and at the George-Washington University (USA, 1991-1992). After his industrial PHD program on ceramic braking systems he joined the Daimler AG as a project manager for manufacturing engineering... Read More →
avatar for Philipp RUEZ (Elring Klinger)

Philipp RUEZ (Elring Klinger)

Director Global Business Development – Lightweight, Elring Klinger
2007-2014: Sales for Injection Molding Tools and Lightweight Porcesses at Hummel-Formen GmbH2014-Today: Global Business Development Manager - Lightweight at ElringKlinger AG2014-2017: Studying General Management (MBA) at Donau University in Krems (part-time)As one of the world's leading... Read More →


Expert Leader “Polymers, Characterics and Processing”, ALLIANCE RENAULT NISSAN MITSUBISHI
Gerard Liraut is "Expert Leader on Polymers” for the Renault Group.He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, specialty materials science. This training was supplemented by a PhD always at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon with Michelin on "Fretting Wear of tire carcasses."Gerard then... Read More →

Hosts, Moderators & Interviewe...
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Senior Vice President, Automotive Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
avatar for Wolfgang SEELIGER (Leichtbau BW)

Wolfgang SEELIGER (Leichtbau BW)

Managing Director, Leichtbau BW
Leichtbau BW GmbH is a non-profit Economic Development Corporation for the promotion of lightweighting. It represents a network of more than 2.000 companies and over 270 research, being the largest network of its kind in the world. In 2013 Dr. Seeliger became Managing Director of... Read More →

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Automotive Composites Circle Sponsor

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:15 - 11:00 CET
Agora (Hall 5 / F99)