Advanced Thermal Management 2018

Thermal management development, technologies and components

Date: April 19, 2018

Venue: The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel. 27790 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377.

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ITB’s annual Advanced Thermal Management 2018 conference provided attendees with a forum to address the latest vehicle, component, and material challenges and solutions for powertrain and passenger thermal comfort systems. Fourteen technical presentations over two sessions fueled the discussions for the day and set the tone for an excellent learning environment with key suppliers, OEMs, and The U.S. EPA taking the stage. The keynote presentation on Thermal System Innovation by Gentherm discussed new vehicle level thermal solutions and challenges for occupant comfort in ICE and electrified powertrains. Comments addressing areas of development, CO2 emission impacts and visions of future systems were also provided.

A live audience survey was also part of the agenda and it was used to capture the voice of the audience (who collectively have over 1000 years of experience) with real time results. Questions posed to the group helped identify in-roads, challenges and areas of active development related to important thermal management issues. Sample data is listed below:

In total, 135 attendees (47 OEM engineers) participated in the event and everyone engaged in excellent networking and business development opportunities. Meetings were held, companies were promoted, relationships built and collaborations plans were set in motion.  8 companies also showcased their latest products and solutions and gained valuable exposure to top level decision makers in the adjacent exhibit area.

Conference feedback has once again been very positive and planning for the 2019 conference, taking place in Novi, Michigan (date TBD) has already begun. Interested to take part next year and connect with current and future customers? Opportunities to present, sponsor and/or exhibit are available. Please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Program Manager – Conferences if you have any questions.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA - April 19, 2018


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Thermal Megatrends Overview

Sean Osborne, Director – The ITB Group (U.S.A.)

Regulations and Vehicle / System Developments


Technology Assessment for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Light Duty Vehicles

Office of Transportation and Air Quality – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A.)


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Thermal System Innovation

Executive Vice President, Business Development – Gentherm (U.S.A.)


Thermal System Simulation from Conventional to Electrified Vehicles

Chief Engineer – Honda R&D (Japan)


Networking Break


Thermal Management Challenges and Opportunities in EVs and PHEVs

Technical Director, Co- founder – Computational Sciences Experts Group (U.S.A.)


Technologies in Transition - A Live Survey


Material, Component, and Sub-system Developments


New Generation of Coolant Resistant High Performance Materials

Director Business Development – Toray Resin Company (U.S.A.)


Material Developments to Improve or Inhibit Heat Transfer

Business Development Manager, PPS – Sun Chemical Corporation (U.S.A.)


Thermoplastic Cooling Lines: Efficient Solutions for Current and New Powertrains

Director OEM Marketing and Segment Manager Automotive and Mobility – Evonik (Germany and U.S.A.)


Dynamic Vibration Behavior of Vehicle Heat Exchanger: Correlation of CAE Analysis with Experimental Results

CAE Cooling Engineer and CAE Cooling Supervisor – Ford Motor Company (U.S.A.)


Networking Break


Smart Quick Connect Coupling for New Thermal Management Architecture

R&D and Innovation Director Europe – ARaymond Fluid Connection (France)


Unlocking the Full Potential of Climatized Seats: Fuel Efficiency and Range Impact

Senior Manager Advanced Engineering – Gentherm (U.S.A.)


Fuel Saving HVAC Technologies

R&D Engineer – Denso (U.S.A.)


Performance Optimization Methods for EV Heat Pump Systems

R&D Manager, Technical Product
Lines – Valeo Thermal Systems (France)


Closing Remarks and Cocktail Reception
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Program Agenda


Aochuan Technology







Sun Chemical

Related Research Reports

Thermal Management Advancements for Electrified Vehicles

Powertrain Fluid Control

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Sean Osborne
Director - The ITB Group

Sean Osborne

Mr. Osborne leads the Thermal Management Practice at The ITB Group. He has been developing and implementing strategic visions as a technical executive in several organizations for over 15 years. Over the past 30 years he has accumulated extensive experience in automotive product development, including experience working in Europe and China as well as the United States. Two areas of his automotive specialization are thermal management and fuel systems. Mr. Osborne holds Masters Degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT and a BSEE from General Motors Institute.