Pre-Conference Workshop: “What is on the Road Today? - an overview of new carbon fibre applications & solutions in the automotive industry" / An exclusive Site Visit Tour to the Cannon Group Company

Tuesday 8 October 2019 | 9:00am - 17:15pm

This year's pre-conference workshop, taking place on Tuesday 8 October before the main conference, will  provide attendees with an overview of new carbon fibre applications & solutions in the automotive industry.

Experts from MiTAC Precision Technology Corporation (MPT), Ford Motor Company,  ELG Carbon Fibre, Forward Engineering, Mitsui & Co. and more will lead the workshop.


09:00 - 09:30  Welcome & registration

09:30 - 09:40  Chair's welcome

Chair:  Frazer Barnes, Managing Director, ELG Carbon Fibre

09:40 - 10:05   Application of Hybrid Molding Process on the Manufacture of Laptop Housings


Speaker: Peter Chu, Senior Director, MiTAC Precision Technology Corporation (MPT) - Taiwan


10:05 - 10:30  Closed Loop Recycling of Carbon Fibre Waste into Automotive Parts. 

Speaker:  Ben Andrews, Field Technical Services Engineer, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd - UK


10:30 - 10:55    Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System


Speaker:   Alan Banks,  Lightweight Structures Supervisor, Innovation and Research Department, Ford Motor Company – UK (to be confirmed)


10:55 - 11:20  Networking & refreshement break


11:20 - 11:45  A Joint presentation: The Use of 3D Printing for Structural Thermoplastics in the Automotive Sector.


Eng. Alejandro Castro Linares, EMEA Carbon Fibre Product Manager, Mitsui & Co. Italia SpA.  - Italy
Eng. Georg Kaesmeier, Managing Partner, Forward Engineering GmbH - Germany



11:45:  A wrap up panel discussion session: “What Are the Greatest Demands for Carbon Fibre in the Automotive Industry?”

Chaired by:  Frazer Barnes, Managing Director, ELG Carbon Fibre -UK

Panellists: MiTAC Precision Technology Corporation (MPT); Ford Motor Company; ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd; Mitsui & Co. Italia SpA; and Forward Engineering GmbH



12:30 - 13:00  Introduction of the Cannon Group Company

  • Cannon technologies dedicated  to composites mass production in automotive, aerospace and wind power generation: relevant achievements in impregnate & form, place & form and heat & form
  • Introduction of the Italian Cannon plastics processing technologies production plants

Speaker:  Francesco Abbà, Sales & Marketing Manager, Cannon Afros – Italy

13:00 - 14:00   Networking Lunch hosted by the Cannon Group Company

14:00 - 14:30  Site visit to the Cannon Group Plant/ Pickup visitors at Hotel

14:30 - 15:45   Arrival & Welcome

14:45 - 16:30  Tour group A, B and C

Cannon is pleased to host GOCarbonFibre attendees in the Italian production site dedicated to plastics processing technologies and automation.

 The visitors will be walked through Cannon Afros, Cannon Ergos and Cannon Automata Companies including plants and machines for continuous and discontinuous processing of polyurethanes and other reactive polymers, plants for the processing of composite materials, and equipment to design and manufacture thermoforming.

 The visit will concern Cannon R&D centre as well where the innovative projects take shape with new material suppliers and clients collaborations.

16:30 - 17:00   Conclusions of the visit and Q&A with the audience

17:00 - 17:15 Return to the hotel


*To attend the workshop & site visit, you must book or have already booked onto the GOCarbonFibre 2019 main two-day conference.