Critical Technologies for Sustainable Vehicle Production 2024


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    Date: February 28 and 29, 2024

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

    Format: In-Person

    Sponsors To-Date:


    In 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 ITB Group’s third annual sustainability conference provides an excellent in-person platform for learning and having in-depth discussions on innovations and developments shaping our industry. Sessions include:

    • Pioneering Pathways in Disassembly - including a Keynote by Ad Rem
    • Sustainability in Action
    • Charting the Future of Sustainable Materials
    • Driving Change: The Path to Sustainable Automotive Solutions - a Keynote by Ford Motor Company
    • Technology Developments in Chemical Recycling
    • Greening the Assembly Line
    • Battery Recycling

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    Why Participate?
    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 have developed ITB’s conference to build such a platform. Our event caters to global component and material suppliers, as well OEM leadership where participants will find excellent value in the presentation content, business development opportunities, and face to face discussions with industry experts. Plan now to join our conference to learn, connect and discover engineering solutions and business opportunities.


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    CONFERENCE AGENDA (subject to change) - Day 1:  February 28, 2024

    7:30 a.m.

    Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

    8:20 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks:
    Mitra O'Malley, Managing Director and Co-Founder - The ITB Group

    8:30 a.m.

    Regulatory Update: Policy Interventions that are Driving Decarbonization
    Matt Roling, Director of Energy Transition and Climate Advisory - KPMG
    Pioneering Pathways in Disassembly

    8:50 a.m.

    Introduction and Session Chair: Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry: Sustainable Practices, Recycled Materials, and Economic Advantages in End-of-Life Processes
    Kari Bliss, Principal Sustainability - Padnos

    9:10 a.m.

    KEYNOTE: Plastic Recycling from ELV’s – A European Perspective
    Jelle Saint-Germain, Sales Engineer - Ad Rem

    9:55 a.m.

    Networking Break - Sponsored by Henkel

    10:30 a.m.

    Enabling Cleaner Mobility with Magna EcoSphere™ Technology
    Carrie Young, Chief Engineer - Magna Seating

    11:00 a.m.

    The Role of Recycling in Decarbonization
    Cheryl Coleman, SVP of Sustainability - The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
    Sustainability in Action

    11:30 a.m.

    Use of Recycled Plastics in Automotive Applications- Myth vs Reality- Time to Change the Paradigm!
    Susan Kozora, Director of Innovation - IAC Group

    12:00 p.m.


    1:15 p.m.

    Use of Captured CO2 as a Feedstock for Automotive Polyurethane Foams
    Thomas Andre, Research Engineer - Ford Motor Company

    1:45 p.m.

    High-Performance Serial Production Parts made from Sustainable Engineering Plastics using Pyrolysis Oil and Biomethane as Replacement of Fossil Resources
    Chris Korson, Market Segment Manager, Transportation - BASF Corporation

    2:05 p.m.

    Challenges and Opportunities in the Sustainability of the Overhead Function
    Peter Barna, Technical Director - Antolin

    2:25 p.m.

    Newly Developed Recycled-containing PLEXIGLAS® R-Life Acrylic Resins for Automotive Lighting and Trim Applications
    Frank Schumann, Segment Director Mobility - Trinseo

    2:45 p.m.

    Networking Break
    Charting the Future of Sustainable Materials

    3:15 p.m.

    Innovative and Sustainable Wood Textile for Interior Trim
    Adriano Pistola, Sales/Development - NUO

    3:35 p.m.

    Accelerating the Deployment of Sustainable Interior Products
    Leo Mazurek, Sales Director Interiors NAO, and Akim Khalef, Feedstock and Recycling Manager - MATERI’ACT

    3:55 p.m.

    Key Considerations for Improving Sustainability of Automotive Foams
    Todd Bates, Sr Research Scientist, Felicia Seyedkalal, Global Materials & Industrial Sustainability Manager, and Josh Wimble, Global Automotive Sustainability Lead - Huntsman

    4:15 p.m.

    Sustainable Styrenic Solutions for Automotive Applications
    Brian Haggart, Application Engineer Automotive - INEOS Styrolution America

    4:35 p.m.

    Design for Sustainability
    Karen Guzman, Automotive Marketing Manager - Covestro

    4:55 p.m.

    Closing Remarks - Day 1
    CONFERENCE AGENDA (subject to change) - Day 2:  February 29, 2024

    7:30 a.m.

    Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

    8:20 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks:
    Dr. Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Sustainability - The ITB Group

    8:30 a.m.

    KEYNOTE Presentation: Driving Change: The Path to Sustainable Automotive Solutions
    Dr. Cynthia Flannigan, Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Sustainability - Ford Motor Company
    Technology Developments in Chemical Recycling

    9:15 a.m.

    Chemical Recycling of Polyamide 66 Using Depolymerization by Microwave
    Dr. Yasuhisa Ichihashi, Manager - Asahi Kasei

    9:35 a.m.

    Automotive Solutions for Enabling a Circular Economy
    Johanne Wilson, Business Development Manager for ChemCycling® - BASF Corporation

    9:55 a.m.

    Networking Break - Sponsored by Henkel
    Greening the Assembly Line

    10:30 a.m.

    Decarbonizing Parts & Packaging Using High Performance Carbon Negative Materials 
    Jesse Henry, CEO & Founder - Heartland

    11:00 a.m.

    Carbon Footprint Analysis of Novel Flexible Electronics in Auto Interiors 
    Madison Maxey, Founder and CEO - Loomia Technologies

    11:30 a.m.

    Amplifying Sustainability Endeavors to Reduce GHG Emissions and Reach Carbon Neutrality
    Summer Javed, Sustainability Engineer - Kautex Textron

    12:00 p.m.


    1:10 p.m.

    Enhancing Efficiency in Automotive Painting: Challenges, Opportunities, and AI-powered Spray Digitization Solution
    Amirreza Amighi, President - Mazlite

    1:30 p.m.

    Revolutionizing Automotive Manufacturing: Enhancing Quality and Efficiency through Artificial Intelligence-Powered Vision Systems 
    Michael Koper, Business Development Manager & Vision Expert - EINES VISION SYSTEMS

    2:00 p.m.

    Sustainability and Decarbonization
    Gloriamar Gamez, Senior Sustainability Manager and Pravin Patel, Director PD Thermosets NA - Henkel
     Battery Recycling

    2:20 p.m.

    Transforming Resources to Power a More Connected, Sustainable World
    Erich Esser, Managing Director Germany & Austria / Vice President Global PP - Ecobat Resources

    2:50 p.m.

    Networking Break

    3:45 p.m.

    Meeting Demand: The Need for Reinserting Critical Battery Materials Back in the Supply Chain
    Danielle Spalding, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs - Cirba Solutions

    3:30 p.m.

    The Most Economically Compelling Ways of Returning Recycled Battery Materials Back to the Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain
    Mike Coraci, New Business Development Manager - Ascend Elements

    4:15 p.m.

    Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling: An Automaker's Perspective
    Laura Wagner, EV Battery Sustainability & Recycling Manager - General Motors

    4:45 p.m.

    Closing Remarks - Day 2

    For questions or to reserve your participation at our upcoming conference, please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Program Director, The ITB Group. Email: – Phone: +1 (248) 380-6310

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