SE Summit 20 Paris

SE Summit 20 Paris Location: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel - Paris, France
Date: 2nd March 2020

Based on the latest assessment of the coronavirus outbreak, SE Summit 2020 is canceled. The next Summit will take place in March 2021. More information.


Block A - Materials & Applications

Prof. Kiyoshi Uzawa
Prof. Kiyoshi Uzawa

Director Innovative Composite Center (ICC) at Kanazawa Institute of Technology Japan. 

“Thermoplastics applications to realize next-generation infrastructure systems using innovative composite materials and manufacturing processes”

After having experience in new car development he began his academic career at the University of Tokyo where he was deeply involved in the project on thermoplastic composites for automotive. Based on his experience, he established an open access research center (ICC) aimed at expanding the application of composites. ICC is working on ultra high-speed continuous molding technology using innovative epoxy-based in-situ thermoplastic resin. In the presentation, ICC’s large-scale national project to realize next-generation infrastructure using composites will be introduced.

Quang Truong
Quang Truong 

Architect, and adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University and the University of Oregon, USA.

“Composites in Architecture: a new material science-based approach to construction”

Quang Truong is an architect, writer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Quang is currently leading an interdisciplinary design studio called Polytechnica that engages with the arts, architecture, engineering, material science, and philosophy. Prior to the founding of Polytechnica, Quang spent over a decade of professional practice in the offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, and Rick Joy, designing buildings using non-conventional materials such as FRP, mass timber, and rammed earth. Quang is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University and the University of Oregon. He studied Art and Engineering at Dartmouth College, received a Master in Architecture from Yale University, and is a registered architect in the states of New York and Oregon. In April 2020 his book “Composite Architecture: The Technology and Design of Carbon Fiber and FRP’s “ will be published.

HeeJune Kim
Dr. HeeJune Kim

Senior Research Fellow / VP, LG Hausys R&D Center, South Korea.

“Composite Materials and Components Development for Automotive and Building/Housing Industries.”

After a short Company Introduction of LG Chemical / LG Hausys R&D Center Composite Materials and Components the presentation focuses on Materials Development and Portfolio and its main applications in Automotive, Housing and Building.

Block B - Advanced Manufacturing & Processes

William H. Peter
Dr. William H. Peter

Director of Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

“Large Scale Additive Manufacturing and It’s Impact on the Composites Industry.”

The MDF is U.S. DOE’s first research facility established to provide industry with affordable and convenient access to infrastructure, tools and expertise to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced manufacturing. Currently, the MDF is focused on two primary technologies, i.e., Additive Manufacturing and Carbon Fiber/ Composites. The MDF is collaborating with equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, and end-users to improve existing and emerging additive systems and revolutionize how products are designed and built.

Dr.-Ing. Timo Huber
Dr.-Ing. Timo Huber

Vice President Advanced Composite Technology Center ACTC, Hengrui Corp., China.

“Developing and manufacturing of the Carbon fiber SMC battery box.”

Composite materials are becoming increasingly valued in the transport industry due to their very high weightspecific properties. In the context of electromobility, weight-specific battery capacity has an increasing importance as an evaluation criteria for BEV. To achieve high values of >180Wh/kg, innovative lightweight solutions of the entire battery system are necessary. One of them is locally reinforced Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) as a resource and cost-efficient process for the manufacturing of battery housings. The process combines the high mechanical performance of unidirectional carbon fiber (CF) prepreg material in areas where needed and the design freedom of SMC (CF or GF) as a compression molding material.

Jérôme Raynal
Michel Glotin
Jérôme Raynal & Michel Glotin

Institut Soudure, Arkema, France

“Innovative Solution for Welding of thermoplastic composites.”

The use of thermoplastic polymers opens the way to using welding technologies for the direct assembly of composite parts. For the welding of large parts this process should be dynamic (continuous) to avoid complex and costly tooling. In demanding applications, such as primary aeronautic structures, the weld zones should be absolutely defect free and homogeneous in behavior. The welding process also needs to be tolerant to local complexities in part design such as curvatures, thickness variations, etc.The ISW technology developed in a collaboration between Institut de Soudure and Arkema aims at answering the above needs and requirements.

Gunnar Rieber
Gunnar Rieber,

BMW Group, Germany

“Future Manufacturing of Composite in Automotive”

Specialist for the Production of CFRP parts; Wet Compression Molding, Hybrid, RTM. For a wide range of applications the wet compression molding process is the process of choice: for structural parts, sandwich parts, visual CFRP parts and for parts with additional requirements such as fire retardancy or electrical conductivity. Automotive CFRP parts have to withstand temperatures of up to 185 °C for ten minutes in the cataphoretic painting process as well. This is especially challenging when different material types are used. CFRP has a much lower thermal expansion coefficient in comparison to aluminum. Longer parts can therefore differ in their thermal expansion length by several millimeters. This has to be taken into account in the fiber material selection and fiber orientation. Furthermore, there is an ongoing trend to visual CFRP parts. The mini John Cooper Works GP (SOP in March 2020) for example has CFRP rear and front side panels.

Block C - Space & Aerospace I

Ron van Manen

Ron van Manen
Clean Sky 2 Programme Manager, Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, Belgium

“Future Aerospace Innovation - Towards Low or Net-Zero Emisions Aviation.”

While enormous strides have been made in terms of aviation’s fuel efficiency and emissions, the growth of the sector continues to significantly outpace these improvements. It is clear that this divergence will need to be reversed in order for the sector to make a meaningful contribution towards the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming; and as has been noted by several of the sector’s leading CEOs: bringing disruptive reductions in aviation’s emissions is now no longer about the rate of growth. It has become an existential challenge. In this presentation we will look at measures being proposed for research and technology in the coming decade, and how this can reverse the trend of increasing climate impact well before 2050.

Bernd Thoma

Bernd Thoma
Senior Industrial Engineer, Volocopter, Germany.

“Composites Bringing Urban Air Mobility to Life.”

Volocopter is the electric air taxi pioneer leading the way in building up the ecosystem for urban air mobility. As Industrial Engineer Bernd Thoma is responsible for Manufacturing Engineering of Composite Structures and the related process chain at Volocopter GmbH. The presentation will focus on the requirements for the urban air taxi mission, discuss the design of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft “VoloCity” and will address the challenges of materials and process technologies as key enablers for aerospace innovation, with this mission in mind.

Roelof Vos

Roelof Vos
Projectleader Flying V, TU Delft, Netherlands.

“Flying V - for future sustainable flying?”

Dr. Roelof Vos is Assistant Professor at the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on the development of aircraft analysis methodologies for the conceptual design phase, the design of new aircraft configurations, and the assessment of emerging aviation technologies. He is author of the textbook “Introduction to Transonic Aerodynamics.” Furthermore, he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 50 conference papers.

Block D - Space & Aerospace II

Dan Hart

Dan Hart
President and CEO, Virgin Orbit, USA

“Virgin Orbit - A New Path into Space.”

Dan has served in senior leadership roles across a wide range of aerospace programs, spanning human spaceflight, satellite development, launch, and missile defense and running through all phases of the aerospace product life cycle, from research and development through design, production, and space-flight operations. The satellite industry is changing quickly – and new technologies and business plans for satellites are driving new requirements for launch systems. Virgin Orbit is at the forefront of a revolution in launch with its air-launched, dedicated service for launching small satellites into Earth Orbit and beyond. The most flexible launcher ever developed, LauncherOne marries many traditional engineering design elements with cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and an unmatched operational concept. This presentation will feature an overview of LauncherOne’s design, testing, and operations, as well as an overview of the exciting market and technology developments that are sweeping the fastest growing segment of the space industry.


Dr. James M. Sands
CCDC Army Research Laboratory, USA

“Composite Materials Technology for Long Range Precision Fires and Other High Velocity Flight Applications.”

Dr. James M. Sands was awarded his doctorate in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Dr. Sands has since served the United States Army as a Federal Civilian member at the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDCARL) since 2000. He currently leads the Composite and Hybrid Materials Branch within the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at CCDC-ARL, where he identifies materials technology in thermoset polymer performance, adhesive bonding, transparent armor manufacturing, and composites materials processing that impact future Army platforms and next generation soldier equipment

Jean-Pierre Cabanac

Jean-Pierre Cabanac
Airbus Nantes, France

“Sustainable Development for the Composite Aerospace Industry”

The minimization of aircraft structural weight thanks to composite materials has permitted to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions of the commercial aircraft. This huge environmental foot print benefit needs to be complemented by an improvement of the full composite material life cycle. This objective will be reached via new approaches from manufacturing to end of life recycling.

Session leaders

Christian Keun

Christian Keun
President of SAMPE Europe

Opening / Closure

Luigi Torre

Prof. Luigi Torre PhD
University of Perugia, Italy

Block A

Frank Henning

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning
Fraunhofer ICT & Karlsruher KIT, Germany

Block B

Arnt Offringa

Arnt R. Offringa
GKN Fokker, The Netherlands

Block C and D


The Program of this Summit consists of a range of 12 high level lectures by invited speakers only. Topics are composite related innovations in Advanced Manufacturing & Processes, Space & Aerospace, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering, as well as Challenging Applications in other markets like Architecture, Construction, Sports, Energy, Marine & more.

High ranked speakers are from China, Japan, USA and Europe. Attendees are managers of CEO and CTO level in leading companies, engineers, scientists, and professionals from throughout the advanced materials and processes industry and universities.

The conference day starts at 9 AM and ends with a networking dinner in the Rooftop restaurant of the Pullman with a magnificent view on the sparkling lighted Eiffel Tower by night. It is an outstanding occasion for networking with interesting colleagues and meeting new contacts. Both members and non-members of SAMPE, as well as students, are invited to participate.

A long term partnership between SAMPE Europe and JEC Group has been established in order to bring the highest benefit of composite materials to our members. As part of this, JEC Group offers all Summit delegates free admission to JEC World Paris.



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