Supporting UK Composites

Automotive Sector Showcase

Composites UK is working jointly alongside the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) on its next Automotive Sector Showcase event, which takes place on 11th May 2017 at WMG’s International Digital Laboratory.


09:00     Registration and Refreshments

09:30     Welcome - Composites UK

09:35    Welcome to WMG - Archie MacPherson, WMG Catapult

Composites in Automotive in the UK

09:40    Keynote - Gero Kempf, Jaguar Land Rover

10:00    Composites: A Challenge to High Volume Automotive Manufacturing Industry - Shanta Desai, Nissan

10:30    Automotive and the UK Composites Strategy - Faye Smith, Avalon Consultancy Services

10:50    Panel Discussion    

11:00    Refreshments and Networking

Composites Processing

11:30     What is the Right Way of Preforming? - Thomas Joachim, Frimo

11:45     Clever Machine Solutions for Composite Production - Peter Egger, Engel

12:00     Structural Thermoplastic Composites, Process Development for Automotive Applications (ENLIGHT Project) - Neil Reynolds, WMG
12:15     Hybrid Thermoset Compression Moulding of an Automotive Suspension Component (CLASS Project) - Helena Simmonds, WMG

12:30     Panel Discussion

12:40     Lunch and Networking | International Manufacturing Centre Tours and Demonstrations

Composites Processing (cont...)

13:55    Using ShapeTex™ Aligned Fibres to Optimise Lightweight Structures and Reduce In-Process Waste - Glen Pascoe, SHAPE Machining

14:10    Cost Effective ATL Machines for Mid-Volume Automotive Composite Preforms - Joe Summers, North Thin Ply Technology

14:25    High Productivity Manufacture of Complex Components - Tim Birch, Foseco International

14:40    The Effects of Textile Structure on Class A Painted Body Panels - Robert Wilder, Chomarat

14:55    Panel Discussion

15:05    Tea break

Composites in Automotive - A Wider View

15:30     Composite Materials in the Automotive Chassis - Paul Zandbergen, Ford Motor Company

15:50    Compression Moulding Technology with Prepreg/SMC and Towpreg - Ken Ito, Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites  

16:05     ToPCaT R&D Project - Kieron Salter, K W Special Projects

16:20     Panel Session

16:30     Closing Remarks & Close

Exhibition and sponsorship

All table-top exhibition space has currently sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list should any become available.

Other sponsorship options are available at this event.

Table-top exhibitor list:

Automechanika Birmingham Formaplex
bigHead Bonding Fasteners Forward Composites
CCP Gransden FRIMO
Ceramicx Ltd Impact Technical Services
Chomarat Textile Industries National Composites Centre
CRC Limited Oxford Advanced Surfaces
Composites Engineering Show PJ Hare
Composites in Manufacturing Magazine R-Tech Services Ltd
Creative Composites Sigmatex
Elastopoli Oy Thomas Swan and Co. Ltd


There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the composites research and development facilities available at WMG at lunch time.

Who should attend?

Any company which is already contributing to the automotive industry and are looking for a route into supplying the large automotive OEMs. Those who are new to the industry would also benefit from the knowledge shared.


Registration is open below at a cost of £95 + VAT for Composites UK members, £125 + VAT for partner organisation members (MIA | SMMT - contact us for the discount code if you're unsure of this) and £145 for everyone else.

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The event takes place the day after the Composites UK 2017 Annual Conference which will look at the current state of the UK composites industry and its strategy going forward.

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