The automotive industry is facing the most disruptive transformation in its history. The advent of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, restrictions on car use in urban areas, lightweighting, environmental regulations, end-of-life recycling, safety and in-vehicle health monitoring, and other changes will impact directly on the manufacture, use and development of textiles and nonwovens in this sector.
Suppliers of woven and knitted fabrics, smart textiles, nonwovens and composites will all need to address these trends and satisfy radically new demands for interior and exterior applications on vehicles.
Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry – the 1st international conference – will address these issues, bringing together the key players in the industry, from OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to raw material manufacturers, as well as builders of textile manufacturing equipment.
Presentations will examine in detail how these trends are already reshaping the automotive industry and its supply chain, and will continue to do so in the next decade and beyond.
The conference will be held at the Jaguar Experience Centre near Birmingham, UK, a hub of the global automotive industry and the centre of significant commercial developments in many of these fields. Home to the iconic Jaguar brand, the conference venue offers world-class facilities and is 15 minutes from Birmingham International Airport. The conference will incorporate a tour of the manufacturing facilities on site.