420 automobile experts from around the world meet up in Suzhou

420 automobile experts from around the world meet up in Suzhou

3rd International CTI Symposium and Exhibition
Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives China

Düsseldorf/Suzhou, 22 September 2014 – With strong visitor interest, lively discussions and informative lectures on all aspects of the auto industry, the 3rd international CTI Symposium ’Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives China’ (17-19 September) was a big success with trade visitors and organizers alike.  “The CTI Symposium is an ideal platform for discussing specific aspects of transmission and drive technology, as well as overarching trends and visions, with other specialists“ says Dr Calvin C. Lee, Product Director, New Energy Vehicles, China FAW R&D Center, enthusiastically. “The organisation is like a big community where you can grow your career network among experts from all over the world.“

After two successful years in Shanghai, the event relocated to Suzhou in the strong business province of Jiangsu. With 420 participants in 2014, year-on-year figures were up once again. In over 40 panels, experts from China, Germany, the USA, Japan and other countries discussed topics including the use of modern drive technologies as part of local and international efforts to reduce fuel and energy consumption, and how megatrends are impacting on transmission technology.


Numerous discussions on current themes for the Chinese market

“Feedback from the session and exhibition participants has never been so positive. There is now an efficient and effective exchange of ideas between suppliers and manufacturers at all levels, from top management to engineers. We had more discussion in 2014 than ever before“ says Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, Technical University of Braunschweig and chair of the symposium. “Our symposium offers the ideal platform for this exchange of ideas. That’s particularly clear from the steadily growing number of Chinese nationals who attend, which was 6% higher than last year. The overall number of participants was up by 5%.“

The symposium’s relevance is confirmed by the way it addresses important current business and political topics, most recently the decision by Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s cabinet to exempt environment-friendly cars from VAT from 1 September. The discussion on current transmission concepts underscores this further still. “In particular, the competition between DCT, CVT and AT concepts was discussed intensively and extensively,“ said Küçükay in his initial summary of symposium outcomes. “Transmission and vehicle manufacturers are in the comfortable position of being able to select the best component and transmission concept for their requirements. On the other hand, the nature of competition means these concepts develop quickly in the Chinese automobile market in order to meet customer requirements better and better. This is the only way component and transmission manufacturers can keep and grow their market share.“

Apart from the relocation to Suzhou, it was business as usual at the 2014 symposium. The 41 expert lectures were held in parallel to cope with the abundance of topics. Once again, the satellite exhibition Transmission Expo complemented the discussion with practical exhibits, and provided an additional forum for specialist discussions.

This year’s symposium themes were specially picked for the Chinese market by a council of high-calibre experts. Hot topics included new transmission concepts such as AISIN’s new generation of FWD automatic transmissions and two Geely projects – the development and integration of a 6-gear AMT with e-motor actuation and a transmission for hybrid and plugin drives – and new developments in the Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) sector. In lively discussions among Chinese and international attendees, new efficiency-enhancing fluids and additives were identified, and tailor-made technologies and concepts were presented for different markets and scenarios. There were particularly fascinating panels on how FAW are looking to improve drive train electrification, and how SAIC are analysing and actuating wet dual clutch transmissions.

“Once again, the strong attendance figures and high quality of the expert lectures underscore the importance of the symposium for China and Asian Pacific in this, its third year,“ said Sylvia Zenzinger, Managing Director CTI Transmission Symposia Europe, USA and China. “Our special thanks go to our council of experts. Without their support and technical consulting, this event would not have been possible in this form.“

The council is chaired by Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, and now comprises 19 experts. These include Dr. Yong Chen, Chief Engineer & Vice President, Geely Automotive Research Institute; Prof. Dr. Weirong Fang , Global Director Transmissions & Driveline Department , SAIC Motor Technical Center; Dr. Calvin C. Lee, Product Director, New Energy Vehicles, China FAW R&D Center; and Gerhard Henning, Executive Chief Engineer, Automatic Transmission Project Team, Great Wall Motor Transmission Research Institute.

CTI Symposium – a global expert network for drive and transmission technology  

The CTI Symposium China is a sister event to CTI Symposium Berlin, which this year attracted over 1,100 participants and 120 exhibitors from all over the world to the German capital. That makes the German CTI Symposium Innovative Automotive Transmissions, Hybrid & Electric Drives one of the world’s most important events for transmission and drive experts in the auto industry. CTI has also held CTI Symposia in the USA for eight years. Drawing on its long years of experience, CTI organised the first CTI Symposium China in 2012 in response to growing globalisation in the transmission industry. Since December 2013, over 1,900 participants from over 20 countries have come together at International CTI Symposia in Europe, the USA and China.


Organizers and council members Prof. Dr. Weirong Fang, Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, Sylvia Zenzinger and Dr. Calvin C. Lee after a successful symposium


Sylvia Zenzinger, Managing Director CTI Transmission Symposia


Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering, Technical University of  Braunschweig (Germany) and chair of the council


Prof. Dr. Weirong Fang , Global Director Transmissions & Driveline Department , SAIC Motor Technical Center


Dr. Calvin C. Lee, Product Director, New Energy Vehicles, China FAW R&D Center


Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay praised the effective, efficient exchange of ideas on all levels between suppliers and auto manufacturers


420 participants from over 16 countries, including 64% Chinese nationals, attended more than 40 specialist lectures  


Key topics included the development of new transmission concepts, and new developments in the field of Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH).

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Detailed program information: English: https://drivetrain-symposium.world/cn and Chinese: https://drivetrain-symposium.world/cn/cn


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