Critical Technologies for Sustainable Vehicle Production 2023


    Program CompleteRegister to Attend

    Date: February 15 and 16, 2023

    Venue: Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi, MI 48375 USA

    Format: In-Person

    Sponsored by:

    SVP_logos_for_web_2023In Automotive, achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions as measured by Life Cycle Analyses has become the common thread that impacts all facets of material selection and production, design, engineering, supply chain, component manufacturing, finishing, and assembly. Clarifying definitions and targets by each automotive producer is complex. Potential solutions to reach net-zero carbon emissions can include material as well as manufacturing variations. But what solutions will proliferate in the industry?

    The program agenda for The ITB Group’s second annual sustainability conference is now complete and we encourage industry experts to register now to attend and take part in lively discussions and excellent networking sessions. Twenty-one presentations in six sessions over two days will address developments, targets, measurements, and solutions for sustainable vehicle production and mobility. Highlights include:

    • American Chemistry Council/Oakridge National Laboratory – Decoding Barriers to Sustainability
    • General Motors – Discussion on GM’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program
    • Round Table Discussion - How to Create Sustainable Options for Manufactured Products

    Bring questions to interact with the presenters during live Q&A, engage with like-minded professionals, and tour the exhibit hall to discover product showcases and solutions. Scroll below to view the agenda and sign up to attend HERE.


    Interested to gain exposure and promote your company and solutions? Become a sponsor and/or exhibitor!
    To build a strong business platform, sustainability needs to be broken down to the elements that make sense for each participant in the value chain. We are positioning ITB’s conference to build such a platform and key companies are taking center stage to support the conference and define their roles in this dynamic landscape. Plan now to become a sponsor and/or exhibitor to highlight your company’s developments and help define how sustainability will drive the future of automotive. Click 
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    For questions or to reserve your space and confirm your participation at our upcoming conferences, please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Program Director, The ITB Group. Email: – Phone: +1 (248) 380-6310


    Note: The safety of our clients is The ITB Group’s number one priority. ITB will continue to monitor the global pandemic and adhere to state and government mandates to provide a safe meeting environment at our 2023 conferences.  Plans to meet in person are subject to change.

    CONFERENCE AGENDA - Day 1: February 15, 2023

    7:30 a.m.

    Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

    8:30 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Dr. Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Sustainability - The ITB Group

    8:45 a.m.

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Decoding Barriers to Sustainability

    Gina Oliver, Durable Markets Advocacy Leader - American Chemistry Council Plastics Division and 

    Soydan Ozcan, Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies Group Leader - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    9:45 a.m.

    Networking Break
    Decarbonization In Design and In Practice

    10:30 a.m.

    Paths to Tackle Scope 1-2-3 GHG Emissions Reduction Towards Final Carbon Neutrality

    Sophie Louis, Global Director Energy & Sustainability - Kautex Textron

    11:00 a.m.

    Design for Carbon

    Carsten Niermann, Application Engineer Sustainability - AKRO-PLASTIC

    11:30 a.m.

    Circularity Adoption in the Auto Value Chain

    Frank Schumann, Global Marketing Manager, Automotive - Trinseo

    12:00 p.m.

    Delighting Consumers: Renewable/Recycled A-Surfaces

    1:15 p.m.

    Feel the Difference

    Fernando Caccia, CEO - Bader Leather

    1:35 p.m.

    Sustainable Interior Surfaces in Artificial Leather

    Lynn Kubik, Manager Research & Development, Artificial Leather - Continental Surface Solutions

    1:55 p.m.

    Enhancing Sustainability and Circularity in the Automotive Industry

    Chris Mayville, Market Development Manager - Kraton Polymers

    2:15 p.m.

    ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: How to Create Sustainable Options in Manufactured Products

    Kristin Oswick, Sales Director - Monolith

    Amy Stephen, Senior Application Engineer - The Materials Group

    Speaker TBD

    3: 15 p.m.

    Networking Break
    Bringing Sustainable Products to Market

    3:45 p.m.

    A Plastic Replacement for a Greener Future

    Sanghyeok Lee, CSO -Dongnam Realize

    4:15 p.m.

    Decarbonization Beyond Vehicle Electrification: A New Business to Deliver Innovative Sustainable Materials

    Leo Mazurek, Sales Director Interiors NAO - Forvia

    4:45 p.m.

    Leveraging Material Developments to Realize Carbon Neutrality and Enhance Vehicle Sustainability

    Drew Geda, Senior Polymer Materials Development Engineer - Hyundai Motor Group

    5:15 p.m.

    Closing Remarks


    CONFERENCE AGENDA - Day 2: February 16, 2023

    8:00 a.m.

    Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

    8:30 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Dr. Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Sustainability - The ITB Group

    8:40 a.m.

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GM’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program

    Fred Gersdorff, Senior Manager, Socially Responsible and Sustainable SC - General Motors

    Material Developments for Improved Net-Zero Performance

    9:20 a.m.

    Enabling Circularity: Mono-Material Design for Automotive Applications

    David Schmitz, Business Development Manager - Evonik Corporation

    9:40 a.m.

    Zinc Phosphate Variants and Thin Film Pretreatments Using Life Cycle Analysis

    April Tang, Technical Manager Surface Treatment  - Henkel

    10:00 a.m.

    Beyond Bio-Based: Super-Sustainable Polyamide 11

    Rob Kaminsky, Business Development Engineer - Arkema

    10:20 a.m.

    Networking Break

    10:50 a.m.

    Advanced Recycling: Opportunities for Sustainable Vehicle Production

    Timothy Dean, Senior Market Development Lead - ExxonMobil Product Solutions

    11:10 a.m.

    Into the future: Lifting Sustainability to Scale

    Chris Johnson, Director of Sustainability - Ascend Performance Materials

    Analytical Approaches to Measurement

    11:30 a.m.

    Life Cycle Assessment of Chemical Recycling

    Dr. Christoph Koffler, Technical Director Americas - Sphera

    12:00 p.m.

    Traceability in Automotive Supply Chains and Empowering Suppliers

    Shyaam Ramkumar, Lead Business Developer & Strategy North America - Circularise

    12:30 p.m.


    1:30 p.m.

    Strategic Use of LCAs - A Comparative Review of Leather & Alternatives

    Katie Kutskill, Technical Director - Sustainable Leather Foundation

    Re-Imagining Multi-Layer Electronics

    2:00 p.m.

    A Solution for Increased Use of Automotive Electronics: A New, Low-carbon Circuit Board

    Shinya Shimizu, Co-founder, CEO and CTO - Elephantech

    2:30 p.m.

    Monetizing Sustainability with IMSE®

    Janne Jääksä, Manager Product Planning and Karthikesh Raju, SVP, Marketing - TactoTek

    3:00 p.m.

    Closing Remarks


    ITB will photograph the conference for promotional purposes. By participating in the conference you grant ITB permission to use your likeness in any/all conference related promotions.

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