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Issue 26 | May 2015

Welcome to Issue 26 of insidetrack

Back in April, Detroit hosted a meeting of the FISITA Executive Board, FISITA Summit Programme Committee and the World Automotive Congress Working Group, with all meetings delivering significant progress on many matters. The output from these meeting is currently being prepared and will be posted with the Members Area for your information and evaluation in due course. 

Whilst in Detroit I took time to visit FISITA members, met with FISITA President Elect Dan Nicholson, and visited the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Centre with Paul Mascarenas and Karl Seibertz to learn more about their industry collaboration Mcity, which you can learn more about here

Upon return to our HQ in London, the head office team were gearing up to deliver EuroBrake 2015 in Dresden, Germany. I am delighted to say we had another excellent event in terms of technical content, innovation and engagement with the highest delegate attendance and a maximum capacity exhibition. 

I spoke to many attendees throughout the three days of the conference and was really impressed with the high regard with which EuroBrake is held by braking industry experts, confirming EuroBrake's status as the leading event within the landscape. 

More detail about EuroBrake follows in the newsletter, and I would like to extend my thanks to all those who supported the event. I look developing the programme for EuroBrake 2016 with our Steering Committee and Advisory Board.

From left to right: Kelly Williams, Director of Member Services; Tom Bell, Education Officer; Josh Morrall, Communications Officer; Manpreet Rai, Events Officer

Finally, I would like to congratulate my colleague Kelly Williams on her recent appointment to FISITA Director of Member Services. I am sure you will join me in wishing Kelly well and I ask you to provide support to her as we continue to develop our plans for the future of the organisation. 

All the best
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EuroBrake 2015 - a big success in Dresden!

The success of the world's largest braking conference continued in Dresden, Germany this month, as over 950 attendees gathered for the EuroBrake 2015 exhibition and technical programme.

Now in it's 4th year of growth, this annual event organised by FISITA has become a must-attend date in the braking community's calendar. EuroBrake brings together leading brake engineers, scientists, academics and industry experts for three days of technical presentations, panels and networking events. 

This year's world class technical programme featured 120+ papers in 27 sessions focussing on topics such as the Fundamentals of Friction, Advanced and Combined Braking Systems, Modelling, Materials and Design, Environment, and Global Standardisation. The EuroBrake exhibition was the event's largest to date, featuring 86 companies from 19 countries. 

Innovations at this year's conference included the introduction of a new topic for the EuroBrake Strategy Panel - "Facing the Challenges Together: Industry and Academia". Eight top decision makers from leading industrial companies were carefully selected to discuss their requirements in research, technology, materials and manufacturing in the year to come. By highlighting the appeal and social significance of current brake-related topics, the panel aimed to inspire young professionals to find research and development solutions for future challenges. At EuroBrake 2016, participants will reassemble to analyse the successes resulting from this year's panel exchange and to see where further improvements can be made.

This year also saw the introduction of the Daimler Student Innovation Competition, a global initiative that inspired students to design their vision of what braking technology will look like in ten years' time. More information about this successful programme can be found below. 

Also new this year was the official EuroBrake app that provided delegates with the ability to connect with EuroBrake in new and exciting ways, such as bringing a "social" element to technical sessions and providing key networking opportunities. 

The success of the event would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the EuroBrake Steering Committee led by Harald Abendroth, the EuroBrake Advisory Board, and our team of sponsors. 

Planning is already underway for 2016, and FISITA's monthly braking industry newsletter BrakingNews will keep you updated with the latest news from the braking world, as well as details about how to get involved in the next conference and exhibition. Presentations and photographs from this year's event will also be announced in BrakingNews soon. Visit to sign up today. 

FISITA, Daimler & BLOODHOUND work together to inspire young engineers

Earlier this year, FISITA teamed up with Daimler and created a global competition with the objective of inspiring students and young engineers to design a technical poster representing their vision of what brakes will look like in 2025. Entries were received from 15 countries and 22 winners were selected to attend a specially organised programme of events at the EuroBrake 2015 conference and exhibition.

The winning students attended a private Q&A session with influential figures from industry and academia. The competition Grand Final provided the students with the unique opportunity to exhibit and explain their work to all EuroBrake delegates, before a panel of judges selected three top prizes. The winners also enjoyed a tour of the city of Dresden and attended the EuroBrake Gala Dinner.

The three top prizes were presented by FISITA CEO Chris Mason and were awarded to (from left to right): Shino George for Most Innovative Idea, Arved Esser for Best Design, and Marek Gebauer for Best Presentation.

Prize winner Shino George told insidetrack, "As students we require platforms like EuroBrake to showcase our ideas and most importantly discuss them with experts. Truly EuroBrake was one of those. I thoroughly enjoyed my three days here and I am delighted to be a winner."

The keynote presentation for the Grand Final was given by a representative from the BLOODHOUND Project, Tony Parraman. Sponsored in part by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, BLOODHOUND is a global campaign that aims to brake the 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record whilst showcasing the vitality of STEM subjects. "The finalists came from many countries to present their ideas, all of whom were highly articulate and presented well. This is a great initiative that I hope will continue."

To learn more about the BLOODHOUND Project visit To view the Daimler Student Innovation Competition winning entries, visit

FISITA President gives keynote presentation at BASF event "Fluids Connected"

In April, FISITA President Paul Mascarenas OBE, delivered a keynote presentation at BASF's "Fluids Connected" event in Germany. In this special report for insidetrack, Paul gives us a round up of the event, as well as insight into his presentation about future mobility innovations. 

"I recently had the opportunity to represent FISITA at a BASF hosted conference "Fluids Connected" in Darmstadt, Germany. The event was a forum to discuss industry trends with BASF's technical experts and top management, the challenges at hand and to explore how the Fuel and Lubricants group connect expertise and chemistry to deliver sustainable and comprehensive fluid management solutions.

The forum brought together industry experts, customers and BASF leadership, and covered topics from sustainability to future mobility. For me it was an opportunity to provide the closing keynote speech which was titled "Innovation - Driving the Future of Personal Mobility".

Similar to my lecture at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in December of last year, I was able to talk about a number of macro societal and economic trends and how they might impact next generation mobility requirements. I spoke about the role that engineers of all disciplines play in innovating and re-inventing the mobility industry. It was a great opportunity to talk about FISITA and the various STEM education programmes and activities that we support, and the role that the Council and Honorary Committee plays in helping promote careers in automotive engineering. 

Programmes like "Your Future in Automotive" including the FISITA Travel Bursary funding initiative are excellent examples of how FISITA is reaching out to students and young engineers.

The BASF team used the presentation as an example from outside their industry to see how trends are being used to anticipate future requirements and how the traditional automotive industry is working from within and also with many new partners to innovate future mobility solutions. 

Other keynote speakers included (from left to right): Former F1 driver David Coulthard and team manager Mark Gallagher who talked about what it takes to win in Formula One racing; Xu Changming from the China State Information Centre who presented a very interesting summary of the automotive market in China - now the largest single market globally and still growing; and Dr. Herbert Demel who talked about future transmission technologies. For me, it was a very interesting programme and a great opportunity to represent FISITA's global team. Thank you to all our readers and supporters for your continued advocacy."

AEA (Brazil) hosts first Seminar of Alternative Propulsions

In April, the Associaçáo Brasileira de Engenharia Automotiva (AEA) hosted their inaugural Alternative Propulsion Seminar at the Mauá Technology Institute in São Caetano in Brazil.

The theme of the seminar was "How vehicular propulsion, today and tomorrow, can improve quality of life" and brought together 12 lectures on alternative propulsion, hybrid and electric vehicles, and alternative solutions to the new technologies available today and in the near future. 125 engineers, industry professionals and university students were in attendance. 

Mr. Edison Orikassa, President of AEA, introduced proceedings by stressing that while the Brazilian energy base is gasoline, diesel, ethanol and natural gas, automotive engineering should be creative enough to discuss new powertrain alternatives in order to overcome mobility challenges in urban centres and as part of long distance journeys. Mr Orikassa said, "We must keep our minds open, connected to everything that happens in the world."

Bruno Jorge Soares, Automotive Coordinator of ABDI - the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development, delivered the opening lecture in which he said the priority now for Brazil is to consolidate the ordinance that deals with the viability of start-stop systems, gear shift indicators, pressure monitoring systems of tyres and the front grille control system technologies that aid in vehicle energy efficiency indexes. He stated that "The alternative propulsion technologies are always associated with energy efficiency - that's good. But we need to have a critical and realistic view of the competitiveness of traditional motor vehicle industry in Brazil versus backed products in electro mobility."

Other speakers featured at the seminar included Gabriel Murgel Branco, owner of EnvironMentality; Silvia Barcik, Manager of the Institute Renault; Frank Turkovics, Manager of PSA-Peugeot Citroën; and Rui Almeida, Corporate Director of Motorcycle Riba. A full report of the seminar including quotes from speakers can be found on the FISITA website at

FISITA supports FTLive Future of the Car Summit

FISITA was a supporting partner for the Financial Times' first Future of the Car Summit held this month in London, U.K. Members of the FISITA HQ team attended the summit that featured keynote presentations and panel discussions about how the automotive industry is facing up to the challenges of the future, such as urbanisation, population growth and reducing C02 emissions. 

Erik Jonneart, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), gave the opening keynote address, outlining potential solutions for current and approaching difficulties, in particular the pressure placed on the industry to reduce C02 emissions. 

James Gunnell, Head of FT Live, described the summit as "A forum for professionals from across the automotive supply chain to discuss key issues around innovation and management in the design, production and and distribution of new vehicles." 

A diverse range of panel discussions provided insight into industry investment, new consumer demands, new powertrain integration, connected and autonomous cars and optimisation of the automotive value chain. 

FISITA will maintain its involvement in this important new event in the U.K. industry calendar. Details about the next FT Future of the Car Summit will be announced in insidetrack soon. Photo courtesy of the Financial Times.

Competition for young engineers to attend Automotive Allstars

FISITA has teamed up with Automotive Allstars to offer students and young engineers the chance to win free passes to attend a new conference aimed at young professionals in Cologne, Germany on 26 June 2015. 

Automotive Allstars combines a conference, a networking event and a festival focussed around the core topic of "The Future of Mobility". Speakers include representatives from Google, DriveNow, Ford, Mitsubishi and others. 

To enter the competition, entrants only need to Tweet a photo showing what automotive means to them to @FISITAhq using the hashtag #FISITA. Please share details of the competition across your networks. To find out more about the Automotive Allstars event visit

Call for Papers

FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress
Organised by FISITA
26-30 September 2016, Busan, Korea

The Korean Society of Automotive Engineers (KSAE) and FISITA are proud to announce the 36th FISITA World Automotive Congress in Busan, Korea. The FISITA Congress brings together industry and academia to share knowledge and ideas, providing the next generation with a new era of transportation solutions whilst serving as a powerful motivator for the continued growth of the automotive industry and its contributors. 

Congress highlights include an Executive Track, Interactive Progress Sessions, the FISITA Student Congress including the Islands of Excellence, and Technical and Cultural Visits. 

The deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2015

For more information, visit the FISITA 2016 Congress website at
EAEC-ESFA 2015 European Automotive Congress
Organised by EAEC & SIAR
25-27 November 2015, Bucharest, Romania

This year, the European Automotive Congress (EAEC) will be organised jointly with SIAR's ESFA Conference. The EAEC-ESFA Congress will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange information and ideas, enjoy site visits and establish new contacts in order to develop and strengthen relationships with colleagues from academia and industry. 

Papers are invited on a wide range of themes. For a full list of topics and for further information about the Congress, visit
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