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Interview Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler AG


Mobility for tomorrow – an integrated view on the energy and powertrain options

Interview with Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Chief Technology Officer, Deputy CEO, Schaeffler AG

The transmission world is in a phase of change. In addition to improving the classic transmission technology, new technologies have to be integrated into new types of transmissions. We spoke to Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG, in Berlin. Continue reading “Interview Prof. Dr Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler AG”

Interview Marc Ritter Google Germany


Mission Google – what can automotive companies learn from Google?

Interview with Marc Ritter, EMEA Automotive Partnerships, Google Germany GmbH

Google wants to support companies in their digital transformation, and the auto industry is particularly interesting. We spoke to Marc Ritter, Google Germany’s automotive expert, in Berlin. Continue reading “Interview Marc Ritter Google Germany”

Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley LLC


Why the German Auto Industry Needs to Stay on the Ball

Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley Mobility LLC

The market for mobility services is booming, and that matters for traditional automotive manufacturers too. Companies like Apple and Google may have dropped their plans to build autonomous vehicles in house, Continue reading “Interview with Dr Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley LLC”

Hybridisation via 48 V systems: The smartest way to reduce automotive CO2 emissions?


The only practical way for automobiles to meet strict CO2 reduction targets is through incremental powertrain electrification. But which concepts are most promising, and how do you get innovations into production fast? This is just one of the hot topics high calibre experts will be discussing at the 16th International CTI Symposium Berlin (4-7 December).

The quiet star: mild hybrids based on 48 V
Electric automobiles often grab the public’s attention, but have yet to break through. The most frequent objections are the high purchase price, and the lack of range and charging points.
48 V-based mild hybrids are different. Behind the scenes, this concept is gradually becoming the preferred candidate, particularly in terms of feasibility and cost-benefit ratio. The heart of the technology is a starter/ generator that can be added to existing powertrains with relatively little effort. This reduces the fuel consumption, and hence the CO2 emissions, of the internal combustion engine to a relative extent while offering drivers comfort features normally reserved for expensive high voltage technology. The existing 12 V system is integrated into the 48 V system, and is available in parallel. Continue reading “Hybridisation via 48 V systems: The smartest way to reduce automotive CO2 emissions?”

Young Drive Experts Award 2017 in Berlin


Enter now and present your research topic to an audience of international automobile experts

“Scientific work and research projects need to be transferred into industrial applications. Conferences like the CTI Symposium are the ideal platform to raise the industry’s interest in our scientific achievements”.

This is what last year’s Young Drive Experts Award winner, Marco Denk said. After winning the preliminary round, the researcher beat his two fellow finalists in a live presentation at the CTI Symposium 2016 in Berlin.
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Modern Drive Technology – an electrifying topic


16th International CTI Symposium Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives, 4 – 7 December 2017, Berlin, Germany

More than 1350 participants from 25 countries are expected to attend this year’s CTI Symposium in Berlin (4 – 7 December 2017). Symposium chair Prof. Dr Ferit Küçükay (Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering, TU Braunschweig) will be welcoming a host of top-notch speakers including Rolf Najork (President of the Executive Board, Bosch Rexroth AG), Prof Peter Gutzmer (Chief Technology Officer, Deputy CEO, Schaeffler AG), Dr Wolfgang Warnecke (Chief Scientist Mobility, Shell), Dr Sven Beiker (Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC; Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business) and Alessandro Coda (Chief Technology Officer, CLEPA – The European Association of Automotive Suppliers).
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Interview Fritz Indra


Formula 1 Expert Fritz Indra: The Automotive Sector is Under Pressure.

The automotive sector is under pressure. Aside from all internal trouble a considerable part of the pressure in the industry is caused by legislation, Fritz Indra says. All car manufacturers are currently pushing electrification, which may also be a strategy to take the bull by the horns. But in the opinion of the Austrian engine designer and Formula 1 expert, the current trend towards the electric car should be regarded in a more critical way than it currently is the case. Especially with regard to climate protection, he says, because electric cars aren’t as clean as they are expected to be. Continue reading “Interview Fritz Indra”

There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!


There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!

Interview with Ulf Herlin Product Group Head at Ricardo UK Ltd.

Electrification is a topic with many facets and there is still a long way to go until then. At the last CTI symposium in Berlin, we talked to Ulf Herlin of Ricardo and asked him Continue reading “There is still a lot of work on the way to electrification!”

Gearbox production: Optimization – the eternal quest


”To achieve consistent quality, you need to continuously synchronize customer expectations and your search for optimization potential”

said Tomoyoshi Sator, Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Assurance Division, Jatco Ltd. at the 11th CTI Symposium USA in May 2017 in Novi, Michigan. Jatco’s example is another clear reminder that tomorrow’s biggest challenge involves continuously self-optimizing internal processes (particularly in production), not meeting requirements in different markets or achieving breakthroughs in drive system frugality. That means manufacturers need to work out how to ensure consistent quality and efficiency across all international facilities – and also bring new and promising methods into production. Continue reading “Gearbox production: Optimization – the eternal quest”