Plenary Lectures

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Dr. Dirk Lukaszewicz

BMW Group, Concepts, Architectures and Integration, Verification Responsible X-family, Germany

Hybrid Composite Materials for Automotive Applications

BMW has been at the forefront of CFRP Automotive Technology since the introduction of the i3 in 2013. In 2015 the 7 series launched as the first mass produced vehicle with a revolutionary Carbon Core concept. This presentation will look at the existing CFRP technology at BMW and explore some current findings for future composite applications with a focus on crash and metal/hybrid composite application.


Dr. Brunetto Martorana

CRF Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, PR Group Materials Labs, Italy

Composite Materials: Opportunities for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures in Automotive Sector 

The global automotive industry is currently facing great challenges, such as responsibility for increasing CO2 emissions, lack of strong decarbonisation targets, and safety issues. It is also widely viewed as being the industry in which the greatest volume of advanced composite materials will be used in the future to produce light vehicles. The study of novel composite materials, including nano-composites, and their potential applications in automotive industry, will be strategic for developing new lightweight and multifunctional structures for the automotive sector.


Prof. Frank Henning

Managing Director of Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Manufacturing, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT – Department of Polymer Engineering, Germany

Thermoplastic Composites for structural applications in large scale production 

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Prof. Cing-Dao (Steve) Kan

Director of the Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA)-George Mason University, USA


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