30th November - 1st December 2017
Hotel Palace, Berlin, Germany
Advances in decorative and functional automotive surfaces
30th November - 1st December 2017
Hotel Palace, Berlin, Germany
Advances in decorative and functional automotive surfaces
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DAY ONE 30th November 2017


8.30 Registration and refreshments

9.15 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Jörg Günther, Board of Directors, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid



9.30 What does a surface communicate? Psychophysical features – iconicity – semantics
Speaker: Michael Haverkamp, Specialist Cross-Sensory Harmonization, Ford Motor Company

  • A principle overview and understanding of the various aspects of surface perception
  • How this knowledge is important for design and customer-focused development of the vehicle interior
  • A look to future developments in the automotive sector and its implications


10.00 Employing CMF (Color, Material and Finish) to build a special bond with consumers
Speaker: Denis Keller, European Head of Marketing, Color & Additives, PolyOne

  • To successfully design and market new vehicles, designers and engineers know they need to consider touch, appearance, smell and even sound.
  • A look at how a custom analysis of customer expectations, societal trends, and colour strategy can help increase brand appeal
  • How unique sensory innovations (natural, textile & flecked, marble, cold and heavy touch) build that special connection with consumers.



10.30 Hard coated Plastic Film for Flat and Curved Display Surfaces
Speaker: Shintaro Ozaki, New Development (IT & Electronics Business Group), Rikentechnos Japan

  • A look at the characteristics of Japanese hard coated transparent plastic film “Repty DC100” for flat display grade and curved display grade
  • How flat display grade has “9H” pencil hardness and curved display grade has “3H” pencil hardness with formability for film insert molding process
  • How custom surface coating such as anti-glare and anti-fingerprints functions are available.

11.00 Morning refreshments and networking

11.30 Novel optical multifunctional films for automotive HMI
Speakers: Masayuki Murase, Manager, Display Materials Research Lab, NOF Corporation
Ryosuke Taniuchi, Assistant Manager, Electronics Business Dept. No.1, Sumitomo Corporation

  • Unique precision thin layer wet coating process and material formulation to optimise optical characteristics
  • Providing anti-glare, anti-reflection, and anti-fingerprint performance for displays or control panels in only one film product
  • A variety of films for flat panel lamination and 3D designs by Film Insert Molding
  • Challenging enhanced surface durability requirements, optical performance, and 3D design expectations by future new film products


12.00 Fulfilling design trends in IMD / FIM technology with visual depth utilizing transparent plastics 
Speaker: Hans-Peter Erfurt, Manager IMD/FIM Technology, Research & Development, Pröll KG

  • Possibilities and limitations by screen printing inks
  • Textured protective lacquers for display and panel decoration
  • Non-conductive IMD/FIM ink systems for interference-free capacitive electronics applications


12.30 High hardness easy clean surfaces for automotive interiors
Speaker: Martin Herbert, Project Development Manager, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions

  • How applications for displays and touch interfaces within automotive control panels are increasing.
  • Why wear of these surfaces from frequent driver and passenger interaction must be minimized during the lifetime of the vehicle.
  • A look at the latest range of surfaces deliverable by Film Insert Moulding (FIM), and how these show significant improvements in surface hardness and abrasion resistance combined with “easy clean” without the need for use of detergents or other wet cleaning materials.
  • Other properties such as formability, optical performance, chemical, solvent and humid aging resistance, and how these are maintained in the construction giving a truly multi-functional coated layer

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and networking

14.00 Welcome to the new world of colouring
Speaker: Hendré Vos, Director / CEO, TripleDatt B.v.b.A

  • TripleDatt. B.v.b.A.
  • Introduction to colouring plastic with masterbatches; a look at the technology
  • Introduction to migration technology
  • USP's about the new art of colouring against previous pigmented status of colouring.
  • Video presentation of the whole process


14.30 High performance migrating anti-scratch solutions for polyolefins
Speaker: Martin Read, Applications Team Leader, Croda

  • An introduction to a novel automotive offering
  • A look at data generated on “2nd Generation” scratch additives using the “Erichsen Cross-hatch” scratch test and fogging testing
  • A discussion as to the sources and methods to alleviate instability, visible bloom, volatiles, stickiness and odour


15.00 Afternoon refreshments and networking

15.30 High Pressure Forming (HPF) - the precise way of forming
Speaker: Udo Weustenhagen, Director Sales & Marketing, Niebling GmbH

  • Decorative and functional surfaces in plastics
  • Less distortion - high precision - high repeatability
  • High volume production due to high level of automatisation with latest surface designs (chrome-, carbon-, wood-optics)


16.00 Panel discussion - In Mould Electronics.  How soon will it be reality?
Martin Herbert, Project Development Manager, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
Antti Keränen, CTO and Co-Founder, TactoTek

Other panellists to be confirmed


16.30 The effect of copper cations in the corrosion mechanism of decorative Nickel-Chromium multilayered systems
Speaker: Eva García Lecina, Scientific and Technological Coordinator, CIDETEC Surface Engineering 

  • Decorative multilayer nickel/chromium coatings
  • Accelerated corrosion tests: CASS test
  • Copper effect in the corrosion mechanism using electrochemical tests and characterisation techniques
  • Exploring the use of localised techniques  in the study of the corrosion mechanism


17.00 Chair summary of the day

17.30 Networking drinks reception for all attendees



DAY TWO 1st December 2017

8.30  Registration and refreshments

9.00 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner Automotive, Ernst & Young GmbH


9.15 Trends in the surface decoration of plastic components
Speaker: Jörg Günther, Board of Directors, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

  • Trend reports of the IAA and IFA 2017
  • Comparison of design and material trends
  • How surface technology correlates closely with industry 4.0


9.45 Autonomous vehicles – the most disruptive innovation in a generation?
Speaker: Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner, Automotive Team, Ernst & Young

  • Two large trends to impact on the interior of vehicles: car sharing and autonomous vehicles
  • A look at the latter and how things are developing / will develop in the short and longer terms
  • When fully autonomous driving technology proves viable and safe and results in the proliferation of highly customized, personalized vehicles catering to families’ or individuals’ specific needs.
  • The substantial changes to the interior and surfaces that will inevitably be brought by autonomous vehicles:
     - Expectations of interiors and electronics may change when vehicle owners can take their eyes off the road and begin to rethink comfort,  entertainment, and productivity.
    - New types of interior content for personally owned autonomous vehicles may emerge, along with new design and fabrication competencies.


10.15 Beyond the Surface - let's get Phygital 
Speaker: Efrat Friedland, Founder, materialscout

  • Autonomous ideas for autonomous driving
  • Overcoming the adoption cycle of reduced user experience
  • Preserving the joy of driving with alternative feedback

10.45 Morning refreshments and networking

11.15 When materials meet electronics for innovative future vehicles
Speaker: Luca Belforte, Responsible for Optoelectronic Materials Lab, Fiat

  • The increasing demand for more comfort, quality and appeal in the automotive interior segments
  • Economic and environmental aspects that are strongly requiring a weight reduction of components
  • How these factors are promoting the development of smart surfaces in which a lot of functions are deeply integrated
  • Interior plastic parts can become “smart”: they can include electronics functions like touch sensors, back-lighting, haptic feedbacks, actuators, in a seamless, smooth, complex-shape component


11.45 Injection molded structural electronics for multifunctional smart surfaces
Speaker: Antti Keränen, CTO and Co-Founder, TactoTek

  • IMSE; integrating printed electronics (circuitry, sensors and antennas) and discrete electronic components (LEDs, ICs, etc.) inside of 3D plastic structures
  • How this is changing the 100 years old picture of electronics as “components in a box” into thin, light and durable 3D smart plastic surfaces.
  • IMSE solutions notably reduce space and weight and simplify assembly while creating design differentiation opportunities.
  • A look at IMSE examples in automotive industry: instrument clusters, overhead controls, steering wheels, etc.


12.15 Developing touch-sensitive surfaces by functional film insert molding (FFIM)
Speaker: Konrad Kiefer, Project Engineer (Surface Technology and Molded Parts), Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid

  • Surface functionalization by Film Insert Moulding; the big trend to replace conventional operating functions (in terms of separate components) by integrated touch fields.
  • Screen printing of silver circuits on film substrates
  • Limits: material, method and process
  • A look at a functionalized demonstrator part that has been developed in a joint project at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid. Results, possibilities and challenges.


12.45 – 13.45 Lunch and Networking



13.45 Contemporary automated cleaning and preparation solutions for quality surfaces
Speaker: Steffen Kalisch, Key Account Manager, Cold Jet GmbH

  • Where and why do we need surface preparation?
  • Traditional cleaning and surface preparation methods
  • Dry ice technology as an effective tool to prepare surfaces
  • From simple customization to full-automation – efficient integrated cleaning systems for fast & uniform deburring and deflashing without damage to the surface

14.15 Decorative large format Film-Insert-Molding
Speaker: Mike Böing-Messing, Managing Director, BÖ-LA Siebdrucktechnik GmbH

  • A look at the challenges for the FIM technology driven by new trends in the automotive interior.
  • Focussing on “two-in-one-designs” creating modern and innovative designs with a daytime design and a different night-design; including latest high resolution screen printing technology with illuminated wood and carbon designs.
  • The idea of “symbol in symbol” – giving the opportunity to illuminate two different symbols, in two different colours but in the same place and behind a black-panel.
  • Large format FIM trim part
  • Large format 3D-formed TFT-display cover with our 3D-capacitive-touch, in different designs, surfaces and textures

14.45 Afternoon refreshments and networking

15.10 Novel light stabilizer reducing surface degradation, blooming and stickiness
Speaker: Gregor Huber, Head Competence Center Automotive, BASF

  • Overall trends, consequential requirements and challenges for material suppliers and converters in the automotive industry
  • Surface defects: migration, sweat-out/blooming and stickiness – drivers to introduce a new light stabilizer chemistry
  • Novel light stabilizer: Tinuvin® 880 – application data
  • Conclusion and outlook

15.40 The ultimate advances in sputtering PVD - aesthetic, innovative and robust decorative solutions on injected plastics parts
Speaker: Naoufel Menadi, General Director, Commercial Branch, Safe Demo

  • Examining advances in sputtering PVD metallization combined with adapted coatings to achieve aesthetic, innovative and robust decorative and functional solutions for interior and exterior automotive surfaces
  • Presentation of local solutions with a global footprint
  • A look at the anti-silo approach. Why is it Innovative? Why is it Robust?

16.10 Chair summary of the day and close of conference


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