The “Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry” conference will bring together the key players in the industry, from original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, to raw material manufacturers, as well as builders of textile manufacturing equipment. The inaugural conference will be held in Birmingham, U.K., February 5–6, 2020, and is presented by International Newsletters Ltd.
The automotive industry, organizers argue, is facing in the next decade the most disruptive transformation in its history. The advent of autonomous driving, electric vehicles, restrictions on car use in urban areas, light-weighting, environmental regulations, end-of-life recycling, safety and in-vehicle health monitoring, the call for reductions in emissions and noise, as well as the sustainable use and re-use of materials and associated changes in legislation are all driving industry changes.
Suppliers of woven and knitted fabrics, smart textiles, nonwovens and composites will all need to address these trends and satisfy new demands for interior and exterior applications on vehicles. This conference will examine these trends from the point of view of the opportunities they present to the technical textile industry.
Topics will include:
- Innovations in lightweight, sustainable, and robust textiles
- New textiles sources for sound insulation
- Smart textiles for monitoring of passengers and providing information and entertainment
- The use of natural fibres and plant-based polymers for enhanced sustainability
- Materials that make vehicles lighter, smarter, cleaner and more comfortable
- Composites for lightweight and bespoke components
- Graphene-enhanced materials for automotive applications
- Changes in supply chain and manufacturing planning needed to bring innovations to market
- Limiting factors and future trends in automotive textiles
International Newsletters Ltd. publishes several magazines pertinent to the textiles industry and runs the online news hub TT.Net, as well as running international conferences on technical textiles and high-performance nonwovens.