7:15AM Morning Refreshments & Networking Introductions

7:40AM Chairs Opening Remarks

7:45AM Developing Future-Ready Seating Systems That Enable Added Functionality

  • How to reduce complexity whilst achieving ‘smart’ individualism
  • Analysing the key trends & market dynamics in next-generation advanced automotive seating
  • Investigating customer preferences and understanding their changing functional and technology expectations
  • Identifying the parameters and technologies driving next-generation advanced automotive seating systems
  • Defining the standards and requirements for future, safe, connected, versatile, predictive, intelligent seating systems

8:00AM Re-Thinking Seat Utility: Redesigning Seats & Interiors To Meet A New Set Of Customer Needs

  • Strategies for seating in a semi and fully autonomous future – is there more to it than just next-generation reconfiguration?
  • Strategies to provide flexibility in seating systems for autonomous car users
  • Seating system development concepts
  • The challenges of different and changing seat positions – rotating, reclining, folding, removable and retractable seats
  • When and how occupants might take/relinquish control of a vehicle, be permitted to change position or be compelled to return to a straight-ahead position

8:25AM The Cockpit Of The Future: New Intelligent Seating Ecosystems

  • Today a seat needs to keep you comfortable and safe, but tomorrow passengers will be expecting it to do much more
  • Active Wellness Concepts’ and ‘Smart Seats’ – what are they, and when will we see them in the mass market?
  • Integrating contactless sensors, infrared cameras and bluetooth to collect data on drivers physical and mental condition
  • Analyzing physiological data and applying counter measures to mitigate sickness, stress, discomfort, drowsiness and readiness to operate controls.
  • The Future of AI in Automotive Seating Systems – Translating driver condition into personalised automations

8:45AM Advanced Safety Solutions For Next-Generation & Autonomous Vehicles: Flexible Vehicle Interiors Centered Around Reconfigurability

  • Flexible seating and reconfigurability challenges traditional safety systems – “Dynamic Safety Repositioning” and “Adaptive Safety” as a solution? Addressing the challenges of different, and changing seat positions and seat structures
  • How to achieve safety in all seated positions – New safety systems solutions for seat belts/restraints and airbags
  • Reviewing seat development and interior configuration concepts for autonomous vehicles
  • Safety as a top priority: When and how occupants might relinquish control of the vehicle or be permitted – or prevented from changing position
  • New challenges for seat track systems for moving seats
  • Visualisation and Simulation: Best solutions in design, manufacturing, testing and simulation

9:05AM The Drive To Cut Weight: How To Achieve The Best Material Optimisation and Value Optimisation: Combining Optimization and Modern Product Development Methods To Achieve A Lightweight Design

  • Reviewing new materials, multi-material mix, and manufacturing processes for advanced next-generation lightweight seat structures
  • Increasing usage of lightweight and Composite Materials such as Aluminum, Magnesium, High Strength Steel (HSS) and Carbon Fibre to reduce the overall weight of seating system
  • Opportunities for metal replacement with multi-material systems
  • Reducing the number mechanisms – whilst increasing functionality
  • Examples of how OEMs have recently taken advantage of material innovation
  • How further multi-material design can unlock the limitations of conventional design

9:25AM [Case Study] The IStream Lightweight Automotive Seat

Gordon Murray, Design & Transcal

  • How can a 30% weight saving be achieved? Taking examples from the iStream
  • Analysing the economic and environmental benefits of the iStream
  • Exploring further automotive and non-automotive designs and applications for the seat

9:45AM Networking Break & Morning Refreshments

10:15AM Edison2: The Effects Of Autonomous Cars On Interior Design

Oliver Kuttner, Founder & CEO, Edison2

  • Changing established market segments through different  market expectations.
  • New “shared use” business models effect on interior layout expectations.
  • Effect of Climate change on the industry.
  • Opportunities arising from shared autonomous cars.

10:35AM Seat Structures – Light Weighting And Cost Effectiveness of Advanced High Strength 3rd Gen Steels

  • Which advanced steel options offer the best choices for seating structural systems?
  • The evolution of lightweight seat structure designs: best practice in transitioning from Internal Combustion to Electric and Autonomous seating configurations
  • Cost of light-weighting versus cost increase in technology and of battery for EV range increase
  • The mass saving premium for the various light-weighting options for automotive seat structures
  • The light weighting and cost effectiveness offered by Advanced High Strength 3rd Gen Steels applied to seat structures

10:55AM Mass Production of Thermoplastic Composite Seat Shells using One Step Hybrid Moulding Process

Pal Swaminathan, Technical Marketing & Business Development, TEPEX Automotive | Lanxess Corporation

  • Organsheet with Ultra-thin wall thickness
  • Lightweight design
  • One step hybrid moulding process
  • Cycle time less than 60 seconds

11:15AM The Future Of Magnesium In Lightweight Seating

International Magnesium Association

  • Where are the opportunities for replacing conventional material choices with Magnesium- [Case Study] success stories
  • Features and advantages of magnesium alloys
  • Broad prospects for the development of lightweight structure materials

12:15AM Testing, Inspection And Certification: Seating And Interiors Validation Opportunities

Element Materials Technology

  • Identifying and resolving gaps in testing standards
  • Closing the gap between simulation and testing

12:35PM Composites: Replacing Metal 

Dr. Fabio Bressan Ph.D, Virtual Engineering Manager, Solvay

  • Optimising weight advantages – things to know when replacing metal with plastic parts
  • Performance seats are exemplifying the technology where composite back shells are glued to metal structural components
  • Performance seats now incorporate ultra-stiff, ultra-light rim composite technology: Case Study

1:00PM Luncheon In The Networking Exhibition Area

1:45PM Gaining The Ergonomic Edge With Interface Pressure Technology

  • Mitigating passenger stress factors through physiological data analysis
  • Use of latest technology integration to collect and act on data to increase passenger safety and comfort.

2:05PM Innovative joining technologies enable future lightweight seats 

Dr.-Ing. Markus Wagner, Component Design / Business Unit Joining, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Germany

  • Lightweight design approach for future automotive seat structures
  • Multi-Material lightweight designs
  • Steel-aluminum design
  • Metal-composite design
  • Lightweight designs with steel
  • Laser welded patchwork structures
  • Local Laser-Strengthening
  • Conclusions

2:25PM Will The Entire Seat Of The Future be Glued Together (Adhesive Bonding)

Dr. Holger Fricke, Head of Department for Adhesive Bonding Technology, DVS-EWF-European Adhesive Engineer (EAE), Auditor according to DIN 6701, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM – Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces

  • Ensuring reliability, flexibility, insulation and sealant tolerances with adhesive bonding
  • Which professionally designed bonding processes offer the most seamless integration into series production? 
  • Benefits of bonded over welded joints

2:45PM Lightweight Foam Advancement: Weight, Durability, Sustainability

  • The future lightweighting opportunities of foam: next-generation automotive seating
  • Achieving the right blend of comfort, safety and sustainability
  • Where will we see the next innovations in foam solutions? 
  • Environmental performance: Foam that eliminates harmful emissions from foam production
  • Recyclability: New geometries of materials that do not require the same traditional foams – foam alternatives
  • Low profile foam and advanced materials

3:05PM Lightening Up Through Topology Optimisation

Richard Yen, Senior vice president, Strategic Solutions Team and Global Automotive Business, Altair

Anthony Norton, Vice president, Americas, Technical Operations, Altair

  • Tools for structural design and optimisation to help with topology optimisation
  • Innovative design, materials, engineering, and manufacturing approaches
  • How topology optimisation works with additive manufacturing how topology optimisation works with additive manufacturing

3:30PM The Future Vehicle Layout – Second And Third Row Seats

3:55PM Standardising vs Innovating Metal Structures And Mechanisms

  • How to better leverage existing structures and mechanisms for the future?
  • Transferring advanced materials into mass production
  • Metals, Forming and Joining
  • How do you reinvent rather than carry over design: exploring new innovation in seat structure design
  • Exploring the opportunity of replacing two mechanisms with one mechanism
  • Casting innovation for seat frames: Magnesium High pressure die-casting
  • Two Mechanisms- replaced with one mechanism
  • Front-Row Architecture: Block height of the Hpoint
  • Rear Seat systems and Architecture

4:20PM Implementation Of Industry 4.0 Protocol For Automotive Seat Manufacturing

  • Successfully translating comfort requirements into an Industry 4.0 environment
  • Which new technologies are enabling a previously unachievable design? 
  • Big Data analysis and feeding it back into design, engineering and production
  • Automation of operations, predictability and reduced scrap rates
  • Derive the most value for the opportunities that Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Promises
  • Incorporating digitalisation into your manufacturing roadmap – what are the opportunities for key players in the value chain and how does it offer a complete path to fulfilling customer expectations?
  • Collect end-consumer data and flow it back to one piece of equipment or equipment in combination with a given material
  • Automation of operations and the predictability of operations
  • Reducing scrap rates, tied to a certain link of equipment, material, supplier, time period
  • How to achieve greater flexibility to react quickly to new developments and changing requirements

4:45PM Afternoon Networking Session & Refreshments

5:10PM Trim and Fabrics: A “Zero Wrinkle Initiative” Reducing Thickness Whilst Maintaining Quality And Durability

  • Exploring material solutions for cost vs quality vs weight vs thickness including thickness of inserts
  • How to increase durability and comfort without increasing cost
  • How to better towards preventing mid-project Value Optimisations
  • Removable trim covers – a feature that could become more common: especially with predictive increase in ride-sharing
  • How to match the proper lightweight frame, leather finish, pattern and grain with a vehicle segment and platform
  • Just-in-Time (JIT) assembly for automotive seat Manufacturing
  • Luxury vs seat system performance Aligned lamination, surface material, and innovation strategies to ensure best practices in product quality

5:35PM Providing The Best Solutions Comfort, Quality, Durability At An Affordable Cost

  •  Comfort, Compact Form Factor, Safety, Digital Convenience & Aesthetics: The Primary Criterions for Innovation

6:00PM Increasing Movement Whilst Reducing The Number Of Mechanisms

6:25PM Stringent Safety Regulations: Developing Next-Generation Safe and Reliable Automotive Seats

  • Standards And Requirements Of Future, Safe, Connected, Intelligent Seating Systems

6:45PM Overcoming Challenges In Second- And Third-Row Seats To Enable Modern Lifestyles And The Future next-gen and autonomous Vehicle Layout Capabilities

6:45PM Chairs Closing Remarks

6:50PM All Attendee Networking Drinks Reception