July 30 - August 01, 2019
The Westin Southfield Detroit, Southfield, MI
Kristof Polmans, Head of Technology and Innovation at Thyssenkrupp Presta AG
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Kristof Polmans

Head of Technology and Innovation
Thyssenkrupp Presta AG

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Kristof.

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Agenda Day 1

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

11:10 AM Panel discussion | Control of active and semi-active suspension systems

The demand for advanced suspension technology has increased as there is promise for more
cost effective solutions. Semi –active suspensions are fully developed and widely accepted at
present. New advanced technologies are arising and premium car OEMs are coming out with
new features. In this panel the experts will discuss this trend and focus on such questions as:
• What are the real drivers of these technologies?
• Is there a real need for advanced systems such as 3-chamber air suspension or active
anti-roll bars?
• Discussing market trends, end-user expectations and future demand
• Who will have the system responsibility in the future, the OEM or the Tier 1 supplier?

Agenda Day 2

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019


Choose your main discussion topic and deepen your knowledge in
close dialogue with experts by pointed questions.

Table 1 | Chances and challenges in development of mechatronic systems
• Adding E/E and interactions with ADAS and AD
• Integrated controls in the framework of AD

Table 2 | Innovative weight reduction strategies at acceptable cost level for mass produced
cars Material innovations for weight reduction
• Between steel and aluminum: using combinations with composites
• Processing and design innovations to save cost: use of thermoplastics and SMC, new
design techniques, reduction of waste, use of cheaper raw materials

Table 3 | Increasing advanced suspension awareness among drivers
• Conveying technology appropriately to end users
• Justifying investment for technology, ROI
• A changing suspension industry and the future outlook for drivers
• Current practices and subsequent consideration

Agenda Day 3

Thursday, August 1st, 2019


Future suspension concepts driven by the mega trends and their interaction with new central chassis control concepts and by wire systems In this workshop we will discuss how the mega trends electrification and Automated Driving influence the requirements on the chassis and how this can be an enabler for new chassis and suspension concepts. Also the technical trend towards central chassis controls and by wire system, and their interaction with the chassis and suspension systems will be discussed, looking at opportunities and challenges for the future: