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Tuesday 10 October

Pre-Conference Activities

Choose from one of the options below...

  1. Site Visit: BMW Group Werk Landshut

    In the BMW Group Plant you will get an exciting look behind the scenes of automobile manufacturing. 

    Approximately 7,700 employees from over 50 countries work at this site, 850 being trainees. As a part of the BMW Group’s worldwide production network, the BMW Group Landshut Plant builds more than 950 cars and more than 3,000 engines a day. 

    As representative of all of the BMW Group’s international production facilities, the BMW Group Landshut Plant offers guests a direct insight into state-of-the-art automobile manufacture. The tour through BMW’s original plant offers an exciting insight into all areas of automobile production. The experts guiding the tour naturally focus on the guests’ specific requests and questions. In its concept and route, the BMW Group plant tour follows specific content-related criteria, giving guests access to all automobile production technologies at BMW Group Plant Landshut: light metal foundry, CFRP, cockpit and equipment, plastics exterior, electric drives and special engines. The tour takes approx. 2.5 hours.

    The site visit costs just €69* and includes entrance to the tour, travel to/from the site as well as lunch and refreshments.

    Please note that in order to attend the site visit, you must have booked onto the 2-day GOCarbonFibre conference and if you book to attend the site visit, you will be unable to attend the workshop. Places are limited so we advise booking as early as possible to avoid missing out. BMW reserves the right to cancel the tour due to operative reasons - a full refund will be provided if this occurs.

  2. How to design and build a carbon fibre line

    Suitable for business managers new to carbon fibre, and seasoned producers experts alike, this 3-hour workshop will furnish you with all the knowledge you need to decide if carbon fibre is for you. From precursor synthesis, through fibre production and curing, to building your line and managing the energy, materials and by-product flows, our specially selected line up of speakers have many great years of combined experience to share with you.

    You’ll learn from the experts the financial impact, skill base, staffing requirements and infrastructure requirements involved in setting up a new line, as well as many other factors you probably haven’t yet thought about.

    The workshop will cover: 

    • A brief introduction to the industry and where we are now
    • First principles – polymerisation, spinning, creel, oxidation, carbonisation, surface treatment, washing, drying, sizing and collection, building, export licensing
    • Economics and designing for energy efficiency
    • Optimizing surface treatment, sizing, drying and collection
    • Implementing effective waste gas treatment
    • Integrating the whole line and maximising production efficiency
    • Questions and answers

    The workshop takes place before the conference on Tuesday 10 October 2017 from 1.30pm-5.30pm and tickets are just €299. Places are limited so we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

    Please note, you must have booked a 2-day GOCarbonFibre 2017 conference ticket in order to be eligible to attend the workshop and if you book to attend the workshop, you will be unable to attend the site visit.

Wednesday 11 October

Wednesday 11 October

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

Emerging markets and outlook for the future

  1. Market landscape, trends and future investments

    Dan Pichler | CEO of CarbConsult

  2. Mergers and acquisitions

    Adrian Williams | Co-Founder and Managing Director of Future Materials Group


    Richard Taube, Technical Lead, Ford Motor Company of Australia (Invited)

  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. Deakin University innovation – How will this affect the industry?

    Derek Buckmaster | Director of Carbon Nexus

Emerging technologies and new developments

  1. Distinguishing features of a carbonisation line designed for heavy tows

    Bill Stry | Senior Process Technology Engineer of Harper International

  2. Fibre sizing fundamentals and emerging technologies

    Steven Bassetti, Global Marketing Director and Giles LeMoigne, Global Marketing Manager, Michelman

    • While the choice of fibre and polymeric matrix play an important role in the performance of the final composite, many times the sizing  - the material that provides the adhesion between the fibre and polymer – is overlooked
    • Sizing technology and development has played an important role in the continuous improvement of composite mechanical properties
    • Michaelman is a global leader in the development and production of sizing emulsions used to treat various types of fibres – glass fibre, carbon fibre, aramid fibre, etc.
    • Given our deep understanding of the surface interface and how sizing works, we will discuss the fundamentals of sizing chemistry and physics along with new technologies that have been developed to address the emerging needs ot the market 
  3. Carbon fibre precursor production: An overview of existing proesses and proposals for new developments

    Franco Francalanci | Managing Director of Astris Carbon

  4. How development in modern environments work in carbon fibre applications

    Tilo Hauke | Leads Central Innovation Department of SGL Group

  5. Networking Lunch

Recycling and re-use

  1. Carbon fibre recycling: An industry whose time has come

    Frazer Barnes | Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre

  2. Reinforcement of epoxy resin with recycled carbon fibres using wet-laid process

    Jasmin Mankiewicz | PhD Student of Hochschule Niederrhein (University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein)

    • Material properties of carbon fibre and expoxy
    • Modification of this system (dispersing agend, bonding agend, fibre volume content)
    • Possible applications for this composite
  3. Reuse of recycled carbon fibers in CFRP for maximum performance

    Martin Hengstermann | Research Associate of Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM)

  4. Carbon composites on the way to mass production – Results of the leading edge cluster MAI carbon

    Tjark von Reden | MAI Carbon Clustermanagement GmbH of Active Director

    • Results of 5 year leading edge Cluster MAI Carbon
    • Reduction of production costs up to 70% for different processes
    • Solutions for the recycling of CFRP
    • Sustainability of VFRP and case studies concerning primary energy consumption
  5. End of life concepts for carbon composites

    Volker Warzelhan | Chairman of the West Regional Department of Carbon Composites

  6. Networking Drinks Reception

Thursday 12 October

Thursday 12 October

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair's Opening Remarks

OEM applications, material challenges and developments

  1. The future materials challenge at Airbus

    Christian Weimer | Head of Domain Composites Materials & Processes of Airbus

  2. ORNL Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

    Merlin Theodore, Director of carbon fibre facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  3. A new dimension in manufacturing in carbon fibre

    Tom Wasley | Research Engineer of The Manufacturing Technology Centre

    • Brief introduction to Additive Manufacturing
    • Focus on additive manufacturing fibre composites
    • Benefits/limitations of composite additive manufacturing
    • Commercially available processes and materials
    • Identified use cases for this technology
    • The future
  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. Carbon fiber-reinforced B4C matrix composite

    Anwar Ahniyaz | Senior Researcher of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

  6. Panel discussion: Standardization – is it time to create a standard for carbon fibre?

    Panellists include: 

    • Greg Lipoczi, Key Account Manager, STRUCTeam
    • Balazs Zsigmond, Consultant, Freelancer
    • Derek Buckmaster, Director, Carbon Nexus
  7. Networking Lunch

  8. Quantifying the business case for high volume automotive composites

    Steven Hancock | Co-Founder of InCA Technologies

    • Presentation will cover the development of an automotive composite floor structure for high volume production as part of the Light-weighting Excellence program (LX) and will include:
    • A cost comparison of different high volume composites processes and their sensitivity to a range of production scenarios
    • Analysis of the cost breakdown and business case for full scale production of the floor structure
    • Insight on the economic viability of composites in high volume automotive applications
  9. Composites: The mainstream automotive challenge

    Paul McMullan, Global Commerical Manager, Sigmatex

    • An updated look at the challenges faced in the automotive sector for the manufacture of high volume composite components at effective costs
    • How Sigmatex can support the customer from material selection for component design, through prototyping in to serial production
  10. Advanced carbon fibre materials and processing of composites for high volume automotive applications

    Daniel Tyrkas | Business Development Manager Automotive of Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites

  11. Chair Closing Remarks