The automotive industry has two very distinct parts: the large volume sector and the specialist area producing modified or complete vehicles in small numbers. The challenges of each are different and this is reflected in the way car manufacturers approach the use of composites.
This event aims to showcase what is currently being achieved by companies within the UK working with fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) in the automotive industry.
Composites in Automotive
The main advantages composites offer the automotive applications are in cost reduction, weight reduction and recyclability. Composites offer many structural and weight advantages over traditional steel and injection moulded automotive parts. Compared to thermoset based composites, thermoplastic materials offer the automotive industry key advantages: zero solvent emissions, reduced material scrap, improved work safety conditions, elimination of painting steps (through use of high-molecular weight polymer surface films), elimination of tedious production steps via automation, and finally greatly improved recyclability.
The day will begin with overview presentations from ten companies working with composites in automotive applications, with an opportunity for delegates to speak to the companies further in the afternoon at table-top exhibition displays.
Overview of the challenges faced for composites in the automotive sector and where the UK fits
Faye Smith, Avalon Consultancy Services
What do we want from the composites industry?
Roger Darlington, Jaguar Land Rover
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- Altair Engineering
- bigHead Bonding Fasteners Ltd
- Brazil Business Hub
- Chemical Release Company
- Creative Composites
- epm:technology group
- National Composites Centre
- Oxford Advanced Surfaces
- Siemens PLM
- TenCate Advanced Composites
- URT Limited
- Composites UK Members: £25 (ex. VAT)
- Partner Organisation Members: £35.00 (ex. VAT)
- Non-Members: £50 (ex. VAT)
Optional tours of WMG are available. Please indicate when booking whether or not you would like to participate in this.
Our apologies, but this event is now at capacity and we are unable to take any further registrations.