4th Internationale CTI Symposium ’Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives’ in Shanghai: A Unique Exchange Platform for Transmissions and Drives
Düsseldorf/Shanghai, 21 September 2015 – “Automobile production in China is growing more slowly than in recent years, which strengthens the competition. At the same time, the market for New Energy Vehicles is growing rapidly” said Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay from TU Braunschweig at the very beginning of the 4th Symposium ”Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives” in Shanghai. “These changes are a challenge, but also a great opportunity for developments in transmissions and drives.“ The focus at the conference (16-18 September) was on the latest developments in the fields of efficiency, fuel savings and concept diversity. Around 430 auto industry experts from Asia, Europe and the USA took part in the Chinese sister event to the Berlin Symposium, the world’s most important transmissions industry get-together.
Sylvia Zenzinger, Managing Director CTI Transmission Symposia Europe, USA und China, was decidedly upbeat after the event: ”We had 430 participants from 17 countries, many of whom came for the second or third time, and 70% of participants were from China. That shows the CTI Symposium is well established in China, and has become a recognized exchange platform for national and international players in the automobile industry.” Before the event, the high-calibre advisory board had identified topic fields that were particularly relevant for China. These were then presented and discussed in six plenary talks and 42 expert lectures. Topics included improving comfort, dynamics and efficiency via driveoff and shift elements; on-demand drive, lubrication, bearings and gaskets for optimized transfer efficiency; the benefits of various transmission concepts for China; hybrid drive concepts and their impact on overall powertrain efficiency, and infrastructure activities for NEVs in China. At the specialist exhibition ’Transmission Expo’, which acompanied the symposium, almost 40 transmission manufacturers and suppliers presented products and technological innovations.
”An international exchange of ideas is enormously important for the development of the Chinese automobile industry” emphasized Prof. Ye Shengji, Vice General Secretary, China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, (CAAM) in his plenary speech. ”That’s why CAAM supports the CTI Symposium in China”. Along with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ferit Küçükay (chair and head of the advisory board) and Prof. Ye Shengji from CAAM, other experts from around the world also spoke at the symposium. The list included Michael Schöffmann, Head of Transmission Development, AUDI AG, Germany; Wang Xin, Lead Engineer, Transmission Development Department, Chongqing Changan Automobile Stock Co. Ltd., China; Liu Wenbo, Director, Shanghai New Energy Center for Technology Transfer and Industry Promotion, China; Dr. Rolf Gall, Head of R&D, Asia Pacific; Head of Engineering Center, ZF (China) Investment Co., Ltd, China and Dr. Stefan Heller, Head of Development Hybrid Transmission Inline, BMW Group, Germany.
The CTI Symposia: well established in Europe and the USA
The CTI Symposium China is a sister event to the CTI Symposium Berlin. It is distinguished by the high quality of its lectures, the proximity of topics to special characteristics of the Chinese market, and the high proportion of decision-makers among attendees. The Berlin Symposium is one of the world’s most important specialist events for transmission technology. Last year, it attracted around 1,350 participants and 120 exhibitors from all over the world to the German capital. The symposium is also very successful in the USA, where it has now been held nine times, and is the market leader. Drawing on their long years of experience, the organizers responded to increasing globalisation in the transmissions industry by holding the first CTI Symposium China in 2012. The event is now a fixed date in the calendars of experts from the fields of transmission and drive technology.
430 auto industry experts from 178 countries attended the 4th International CTI Symposium in Shanghai. © CTI
“The changes in recent years are a great opportunity for the development of transmissions and drives“ explained symposium chair Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay from TU Braunschweig. © CTI
Prof. Ye Shengji, Vice General Secretary, China Association of Automible Manufacturers (CAAM) :
“An international exchange of ideas is enormously important for the development of the Chinese automobile industry.“ © CTI
Sylvia Zenzinger, Managing Director CTI Transmission Symposia Europe, USA and China, is satisfied: “The CTI Symposium is now firmly established in China, and is an important exchange platform for Chinese manufacturers and global players in the automotive industry.“ © CTI
The speakers at the press conference, from left to right: Dr. Rolf Gall, Head of Engineering Center, ZF (China) Investment Co., Ltd.; Mr. Gregoire Cuny, Vice President of Segment Asia, BU Transmission, Continental Automotive Holding Co., Ltd.; Prof. Ye Shengji, Vice General Secretary, China Association of Automobile Manufactures (CAAM); Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay, Managing Director, Institute of Automotive Engineering, TU Braunschweig; Sylvia Zenzinger, Managing Director CTI Transmission Symposia Europe, USA and China © CTI
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