Developments in Thermal Management and Plastic Powertrain Components 2021


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

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

Sponsored by:

Returning as an in-person conference in 2021, Developments in Thermal Management and Plastic Powertrain Components showcased innovations  in battery thermal solutions, material, heat waste, cooling lines, and powertrain components for ICE and e-powertrain systems. from industry leaders that continue to push the boundaries of innovation.

Highlights included:

  • Discussions on thermal solutions by Imperial College of London, NeoGraf Solutions and W.L. Gore
  • Integrated thermal systems by TI Fluid Systems
  • Refrigerant vales by Moving Magnet Technologies
  • Keynote by BASF Toda America’s CEO – Market Trends and Developments Driving the Future of e-Mobility
  • Cooling line innovations by Arkema and Evonik

Click the program link on the right to view the full list of conference participants.

115+ attendees took advantage of the active networking atmosphere, sat in on 20 in-depth technical presentations and discovered engineering solutions in the adjacent exhibit hall. A relaxed evening reception promoted the exchange of ideas and helped set the stage for future meetings, discussions, and business collaborations.

Planning for our next conference is already underway and our next Thermal Management Systems and Materials 2022 conference will take place on June 16th in Novi, Michigan, USA. Opportunities to become part of our event as a presenter, sponsor and/or exhibitor are available and we welcome key companies to join us, participate, and lead the conference with discussions and showcases of key technologies and developments shaping our industry. Additional details for 2022 will be shared soon.

For questions or to reserve your space and confirm your participation at our upcoming conferences, please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Senior Program Manager, The ITB Group.

Tel: +1 (248) 380-6310 • Email:


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 2021 conferences. We strongly recommend those planning to attend the event to be fully vaccinated and masks are encouraged (but not required). We ask that if you aren’t feeling well to please remain home.

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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

Research Associate –  Imperial College London

9:15 am

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

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

Thermal Technology Leader – W.L. Gore

11:30 am

Engineering Plastics Developed for EV Thermal Management System

Application Development – DSM Engineering Materials

12:00 pm

New Approaches to Material Selection and Heat Stabilization for Future Powertrains

Market Segment Manager, Automotive Powertrain – BASF Corporation

12:30 pm


1:45 pm

Solutions for Thermal Management Systems in E-Mobility

Transportation Marketing Manager – Solvay Specialty Polymers

Waste Heat and Fluid Systems

2:15 pm

Cooling System Component Design for Efficiency and Reliability

CEO – Advanced Test & Automation

2:45 pm

New Integrated Thermal Manifold Assemblies for EVs

Global Director, Thermal Products Advance Technology – TI Fluid Systems

3:15 pm

Quantifying Uncertainty from Design Concepts To Manufacturing for Thermal Components

Director – Kepstrum

3:45 pm

Networking Break - Sponsored by TI Fluid Systems

4:15 pm

Heat Pumps: Challenges in Design, Operation, and Controls


4:45 pm

Electric Actuators for Expansion Valves

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)

NA Technical Service Specialist -Vamac®  – DuPont

10:00 am

Material Solutions for ICE & EV Cooling Line Applications

Business Development Engineer – Arkema

10:30 am

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

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

CEO – BASF Toda America

Innovations in Powertrain Components

12:30 pm

New Electronic Methods of Quick Connector Verification

Fluid Carrying Systems Regional Director, Americas – TI Fluid Systems

1:00 pm

High Aspect Ratio Graphites for Light-Weighting

Field Application Engineer Polymers – Imerys Graphite & Carbon

1:30 pm


2:30 pm

Innovative Motorbike Air Box

Manager Product Portfolio AmericasRoechling Automotive

3:00 pm

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

Sr. Application Development Engineer – BASF


Advanced Product Manager Fluid Systems – ABC Technologies

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks