Agenda Day 1

Morning Session

8:20 am - 8:50 am Registration and Welcome Coffee


8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair Olivier Raynauld, BWI Group

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Kick-Off: Your Industry Landscape


9:10 am - 9:50 am Review of the China Market Outlook

Ed Knoy, CEO, Knoy-Consulting

9:50 am - 10:30 am Advanced Suspension Market

Hans Gijrath, Senior Product Manager, DRiV

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Electronic Suspensions: Beyond Semi-Active Damping

Prof. Sergio M. Savaresi, Professor in Automatic Control, Politecnico di Milano

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Chassis and Underbody Concepts for Battery Electric Vehicles

Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Suspension Manager, Ford Motor Company
Dr. Theo Kueppers, Supervisor Pack Optimization, Ford Motor Company

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Campfire Session: Handling NVH for Suspension Systems in EVs

Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Suspension Manager, Ford Motor Company

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm Networking luncheon

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Feature/Function Development for Heavy Trucks by Using Semi-Active Air Suspension Systems

Ismail Erhan Eyol, Functional Manager, Ford Otosan
Mert Sever, Chassis Control Engineer, Ford Otosan

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Lightweight and Durable Suspension Systems for Heavy Commercial Vehicles

Friedhelm Nattland, Director Engineering Europe, Hendrickson Commercial Vehicle Systems Europe

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Coffee Break and Networking

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Overcoming Challenges of Increasing Functionality Of Suspension Systems with Fewer Components

Invitation to: Olivier Raynauld, Manager, Global Technology and Business Development. BWI Group

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Panel Discussion: Warranty Reliability – Where Does Responsibility Lie?

Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Suspension Manager, Ford Motor Company 

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chair Olivier Raynauld, BWI Group

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Evening Get-Together

Join us for an informal evening get-together! This is an excellent  opportunity for you to meet the other attendees and make new business contacts!