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Issue 33 | December 2015

Welcome to Issue 33 of insidetrack

Welcome to the final Insidetrack newsletter of 2015. It has been a busy year as we have created our Vision to 2020 development plans, relocated our head office from London to Stansted and welcomed new members to the staff team.

Amongst this business based activity our highlights have clearly been another tremendously successful year of technical events, with EuroBrake and the World Automotive Summit being well attended and of the highest technical, networking and social standard for the FISITA community.

We have also seen significant progress made in developing our member relations and look forward to another year of collectively moving our plans forward in support of the international automotive engineering community.

For now, I'll leave you to digest this month's issue which focuses on the Summit and request you consider participating in the membership discussion we have instigated through commissioning Frost and Sullivan to create a report entitled 'The International Supply and Demand of Automotive Engineers'.

The Report can be found by clicking here, I'd be pleased to hear your thoughts and comments on this initial piece of work directly to

All the best
Chief Executive, FISITA
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World Automotive Summit


The FISITA World Automotive Summit 2016 was held on 11th and 12th of November at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Tower of London. This year the Programme Committee created an excellent agenda based around the theme 'Personal Mobility and the Impact on our Auto Industry' which attracted high quality delegates and speakers from around the world.

The kick off session keynote speakers set a very high standard, with Joe Greenwell from UKTI Automotive Investment Organisation and RWTH Aachen's Professor Frank Piller making excellent presentations. Following this introduction to the Summit, FISITA hosted an exclusive dinner for our delegates in the Tower of London.


Day two brought a full days activity with the Plenary Session in the morning, followed by four subject specific Workshops in the afternoon, focussing on the pre-determined themes of:
  • Needs and Concepts
  • Radical Innovation
  • Information Management
  • Standardization

The Workshops generated lively discussion and debate from delegates, bringing significant insight and expertise to each of the specialist areas. Following the Workshops, the event was brought together with reports back from each area and a wrap up session where the collated feedback from all was presented and summarised.  

As the Summit is a by invitation event for FISITA Honorary Committee members, the output is not made publicly available, however the presentations and photographs are available here

Frost and Sullivan Report 'The International Supply and Demand of Automotive Engineers'

Earlier this year FISITA commissioned Frost and Sullivan to carry out research on the international supply and demand of automotive engineers. This work is intended to support FISITA engage with members around a common interest subject in order to develop thinking and reach agreement regarding areas requiring attention, and how these can be addressed to the benefit of the FISITA community.

With the rapid advancement of technology within our industry, traditional automotive engineering skills are increasingly challenged by the necessity for mechanical engineering skills to be supplemented by electronic, IT and other tech related areas. At the same time the automotive industry has a truly global footprint with R&D facilities based in many different geographic locations as the automotive sector evolves into the mobility sector of the generations that follow.

Are we best prepared to accommodate the changes required to keep up with the pace of technological change, do we have the right skills sets in the workplace and how do we continue to attract and retain quality engineers in all required disciplines across the globe?

Big questions for the challenge ahead. FISITA is uniquely placed to facilitate the discussion, generate outcomes and support our members create solutions.

To do so, we need your engagement and feedback from the Report, to begin we have three core questions:


1. What is your initial feedback regarding this report?

2. Are there other relevant factors which you would like to be considered as part of an onward FISITA discussion around this subject?

3. What would you like to see FISITA do to add value for members in this area?

We look forward to receiving your feedback, direct to Chris at

EAEC-ESFA 2015 in Bucharest, 25-27 November


Last week Chris attended the 14th EAEC Congress, held during the 9th ESFA Congress at the state-of-the-art Library Politehnica within the University of Bucharest (UPB) in Romania.

A special 'thank you' to the Society of Automotive Engineers of Romania (SIAR), who along with EAEC members delivered another well attended event based upon the theme 'Academia, Industry and Government - Together for Automotive Engineering Development'.

The EAEC Congress has been running in non-FISITA Congress years, enabling FISITA's European members to gather and technically network for 30 years. This event is a key feature on the European technical calendar and we are delighted to have received offers to host the event for 2017 and 2019 within the last few weeks.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Ludwig Vollrath, who has been an excellent EAEC Chairman and champion of the EAEC in recent years. Ludwig's period as Chair now concludes and we will share further information on his successor in due course.


Thanks Ludwig!

Head Office


On Friday November 20th we said goodbye to our London Office at 30 Percy Street, and on Monday 23rd the team began work from our new Stansted offices.


The office has been fitted out to a high specification, creating a modern working environment for FISITA for many years to come. It is, of course, very well positioned within 10 minutes of London Stansted Airport in order for our members to make use of the 'hot desks' and conference facilities. More information to follow in 2016, however please contact Beverly Barker for information ahead of this time at

Please update your records with our new postal address:

29 M11 Business Link
CM24 8GF

Our contact numbers are now:

FISITA main office: +44 (0) 1279 883470

Direct dial numbers:
Chris Mason +44 (0) 1279 883471
Kelly Williams +44 (0) 1279 883472
Tim Allsopp +44 (0) 1279 883473
Beverly Barker +44 (0) 1279 883474
Livia Eckett +44 (0) 1279 883476
Hayley Millar +44 (0) 1279 883477
Hollie Waterman +44 (0) 1279 883479

Call for Papers
EVTeC & APE Japan 2016
Organised by JSAE
25-27 May 2016, Yokohama, Japan

"Electrification Creates the Future." This conference will focus on EVs, HEVs, FCVs, PHVs and related technologies. The first EVTeC was held in May 2011 and has continued to grow from success to success. EVTeC 2016 will be held alongside the JSAE Annual Spring Congress, with more than 90,000 people expected to visit the exhibition. Participation in the Spring Congress is free of charge for EVTeC participants.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 October 2015

For more information, visit the conference website at
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 31 December 2015

For more information, visit the FISITA 2016 Congress website at

Patronage of FISITA
11-12 November 2015, Roztoky by Praha

AutoSympo 2015 took place at Roztoky by Praha on 11 – 12 November 2015 and was a great success. It was one of the Automotive Industry Association and Czech Automotive Society activities organized within the Year of Industry and Technical Education. The main topic was alternative vehicle drives, and the participants included professionals, students and media.
AutoSympo 2015 was organized as a nation-wide two-day event under the patronage of FISITA. The first day was a colloquium, that recapped the R&D results of the Josef Božek Competence Centre for Automotive Industry in 2015, and was followed by the AutoSympo 2015 conference on the second day.

SETC 2015
Organised by JSAE and SAE International
17 - 19 November 2015, Osaka

More than 300 international experts attended the 21st Small Engine Technology Conference (SETC) organized by JSAE from 17 - 19 November 2015, to discuss the technologies that contribute to a future sustainable and prosperous society. SETC is jointly organized each year by JSAE and SAE International.
The Best Paper Award went to Yasuo Moriyoshi and Tatsuya Kuboyama from Chiba University, Hisashi Goto and Minoru Iida from Yamaha, for the presentation “Analysis of Mixture Formation Process in a PFI Motorcycle Engine”. Almost 100 technical papers were presented.
The next SETC 2016 conference will be held in Charleston, USA.

The FISITA Automotive Diary is your online resource for all kinds of automotive engineering events happening across the globe. From conferences, forums, seminars and workshops, be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. Click here to visit the FISITA Automotive Diary.

Automechanika Shanghai
2 - 5 December 2015, Shanghai, China

Internal Combustion Engines
2 - 3 December 2015, London, United Kingdom

International VDI Conference - Automotive Apps
8 - 9 December 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

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