Developments in Thermal Management and Plastic Powertrain Components 2021


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Date: In-Person on September 29 and 30, 2021

Venue: The Sheraton Detroit-Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi, Michigan, 48375

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ITB’s annual thermal management and powertrain conference caters to participants from throughout the value chain from regulators to key suppliers and OEM leaders. Engineers, managers, and executives responsible for product development, sales, strategy, and R&D find great value in the content and leverage our conference to discover solutions, engage in business development opportunities, and take part in valuable face-to-face discussions with customers.

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  • Battery Thermal Solutions
  • Material Innovations
  • Waste Heat and Fluid Systems
  • Innovations in Cooling Lines
  • Innovations in Powertrain Components

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CONFERENCE AGENDA - Day 1, September 29, 2021: Developments in Thermal Management

7:30 am

Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sean Osborne, Vice President – The ITB Group

Battery Thermal Solutions

8:45 am

Thermal Management System Design using the Cell Cooling Coefficient

Alastair Hales, Research Associate; Yatish Patel, Research Fellow; Gregory Offer, Reader in Mechanical Engineering – Imperial College London

9:15 am

Engineering the Thermal and Safety Challenges in Next-Generation Battery Packs

Bret Trimmer Application Engineering Manager – NeoGraf Solutions

9:45 am

Changing BEV Thermal Systems

Sean Osborne, Vice President – The ITB Group

10:15 am

Networking Break - Sponsored by TI Fluid Systems
Material Innovations

11:00 am

Advances in High Performance Thermal Management

John Allen, Thermal Technology Leader – W.L. Gore

11:30 am

Engineering Plastics Developed for EV Thermal Management System

Russell Bloomfield, Application Development – DSM Engineering Materials

12:00 pm

New Approaches to Material Selection and Heat Stabilization for Future Powertrains

Lenar Abbasov, Market Segment Manager, Automotive Powertrain – BASF Corporation

12:30 pm


1:45 pm

Solutions for Thermal Management Systems in E-Mobility

Greg Poterala, Transportation Marketing Manager – Solvay Specialty Polymers

Waste Heat and Fluid Systems

2:15 pm

Cooling System Component Design for Efficiency and Reliability

Anthony Khoraych, CEO – Advanced Test & Automation

2:45 pm

New Integrated Thermal Manifold Assemblies for EVs

Andy Sutherland, Global Director, Thermal Products Advance Technology – TI Fluid Systems

3:15 pm

Quantifying Uncertainty from Design Concepts To Manufacturing for Thermal Components

Payman Kianpour, Director – Kepstrum

3:45 pm

Networking Break - Sponsored by TI Fluid Systems

4:15 pm

Heat Pumps: Challenges in Design, Operation, and Controls

Sudhi Uppuluri, CTO and Gaurav Patil, Thermal Systems Lead – CSEG

4:45 pm

Electric Actuators for Expansion Valves

Dr. Gerald Masson, Technical Specialist, Business Development Manager – Moving Magnet Technologies

5:15 pm

Closing Remarks and Cocktail Hour
CONFERENCE AGENDA - Day 2, September 30, 2021: Plastic Powertrain Components

8:00 am

Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Joel Kopinsky, Managing Director and Co-Founder – The ITB Group

Innovations in Cooling Lines

9:30 am

Elastomeric Performance When in Contact with FR Plastics and in EV Coolant(s)

Priscilla Ogaro, NA Technical Service Specialist -Vamac® and John Huber, Market Development Manager – DuPont

10:00 am

Material Solutions for ICE & EV Cooling Line Applications

Desiree Maurer, Business Development Engineer – Arkema

10:30 am

Plastic Multilayer Tubing for Cooling Lines: Efficient Solutions for Current and Novel Powertrains

Dr. Jennifer Hasselberg, Senior Business Development Manager Evonik

11:00 am

Networking Break - Sponsored by TI Fluid Systems

11:45 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Market Trends and Developments Driving the Future of e-Mobility

Vuk Milojkovic, CEO – BASF Toda America

Innovations in Powertrain Components

12:30 pm

New Electronic Methods of Quick Connector Verification

Dave Gabbey, Fluid Carrying Systems Regional Director, Americas – TI Fluid Systems

1:00 pm

High Aspect Ratio Graphites for Light-Weighting

Dr. Anna Ellett, Field Application Engineer Polymers – Imerys Graphite & Carbon

1:30 pm


2:30 pm

Innovative Motorbike Air Box

Bill Dwyer, Manager Product Portfolio AmericasRoechling Automotive

3:00 pm

Fast Track Development of Automotive Degas (Surge) Tank Via Hybrid Weld Techniques

Ankur Bhosale, Sr. Application Development Engineer – BASF


David Alvarez, Advanced Product Manager Fluid Systems – ABC Technologies

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks