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Experts believe that automated technologies will enable large-scale manufacturing of automotive composite lightweight parts which will lead to a multi-material design for future vehicle production.

Industry is invited to learn from One of the world’s foremost light-weighting experts Dr. Frank Henning on the drivers, scope and scale of this change and what it practically means to the steel-heavy automotive supply chain.

Henning will speak about this and future trends of automated manufacturing in the automotive sector at one of several workshop’s at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show on November 27 and 28.

Henning says as much as two-thirds of global innovation is based on material innovation, Smart phones that are continuously updated and iterated, are a case in point., “The technological iteration in the field of composite materials has largely created the possibilities for smart phone extensions, so material technology innovation is a very important foundation for future innovation.”

Henning and Fraunhofer ICT has been involved in the lightweight research and development of all BMW models and is an authority in lightweighting automobiles and mass production of composite parts.

He is instrumental in the establishment of Asia’s largest automotive lightweighting research facility  – the  Advanced Composite Technology Center in China, where Fraunhofer ICT and a Chinese partner have reached a framework agreement on cooperation in the development of high-performance composite products and processes.

Henning has headed up Fraunhofer Project centers in Korea, London and Canada. He is currently a Director at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Germany.

Henning holds a Ph.D. degree in Composites Engineering from the Universität Stuttgart in Germany. He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and owns patents in the field of polymer manufacturing. He was awarded multiple times for his achievements and introduced materials and technologies in industrial applications. He has more than 20 years of experience in polymer engineering with a special focus on composite processing.