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International Congress “Drivetrains for Vehicles“ in 2017 held in Bonn for the first time

It is the most significant Technology Congress for transmission developers. For the very first time the VDI Congress “Drivetrains for Vehicles“ will be held at the new venue in the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB) on 5 and 6 July 2017.

Moving to the Rhine region: The VDI Congress „Drivetrains for Vehicles“ will be held on 5 and 6 July 2017 for the first time at the new venue in Bonn (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH) (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH)

Moving to the Rhine region: The VDI Congress „Drivetrains for Vehicles“ will be held on 5 and 6 July 2017 for the first time at the new venue in Bonn (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH) (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH)

The entire transmission development industry is evolving – all the more so in light of a new EU emission regulation, which might already come into force as early as 2020 and which entails a significant reduction of the permissible CO2 levels. Furthermore, it might soon be upon the discretion of the municipalities to refuse access for cars equipped with combustion engine. If some politicians get their way, this could be the reality by 2030. A heated debate about this is ongoing. In addition, the topics electrification and automation are dominating the sector. Going forward,  there is another lively discussion about whether the combustion engine is actually going to remain the standard propulsion for another couple of decades.

At present, professionals are experimenting with artificial fuels, which could help reduce CO2 emission substantially. Therefore, the issue at stake is nothing less than the drivetrain development of the years ahead. Overall, the focus of the congress is placed on how to define the drivetrain in the next ten to twenty years.

One of the most important subjects is the diversity of hybrid models where a number of different versions are currently available. Here, the absence of a uniform standard is a major issue. Indeed, standardisation would bring substantial business benefits to all manufacturers and suppliers and remains one of the priorities as at the end of the day this has a major impact on the final price of a vehicle. Consequently, manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles are now faced with an enormous competitive and price pressure. Against this backdrop, the speakers at “Drivetrains for Vehicles“ are going to identify the technical capabilities and share their notions of how to tackle the cost problem.

One of the highlights in Bonn is the accompanying trade show, which over the years has grown to become a major marketplace. More than 100 organisations from around the world present their solutions covering all aspects of the automotive transmission and its components.

Likewise, the international Congress will be accompanied by several events.  The VDI conference “Control and Regulation of Transmissions“ where the optimisation potential in transmission control (e.g. optimised driving properties, making gearshift systems more comfortable, reduced fuel consumption and lower noise level) will be addressed. At the same time the VDI conference “Drivetrains for Commercial Vehicles“ will be held, where experts share the latest innovations and industry trends, showcase current development achievements and give an overview of the present market situation.

On the day prior to the event, on 4 July 2017, there will be a number of special features on the following topics:

  • The E-engine and how to integrate it in the power train. Assembly, operating principle and layout
  • Automation of transmissions
  • Lightweight design in the transmission  
  • Agile methods in product development (non IT)
  • Clutch embedded in drive units: Basics, development strategies, innovation potentials

The Congress “Drivetrains for Vehicles“ is rapidly expanding. Currently hosting more than 1,500 attendees per year, the event is now ready to move to the Rhine area. In the new WCCB in Bonn there is not just ample space to host the event, the new venue also represents a contemporary and representative setup. Located in the centre of the former governmental district and directly adjacent to the United Nations, the Congress will now find a new home in a more sophisticated international environment. The new venue in the heart of the Rhineland area is well connected to all major European traffic hubs and its proximity to Köln/Bonn airport ensures that it is easily accessible for our domestic and foreign guests.

Key topics at the “Drivetrains for Vehicles“ include:

  • Hybrid concepts and hybrid transmissions  
  • 48V hybridisation
  • Simulation/testing technology
  • Dual clutch transmission
  • Automation transmission/CVT
  • Control and regulation of transmissions  
  • Drivetrains for Commercial vehicles  
  • Electric drive

Top speakers include.:

  • Dr.-Ing. Stefan Sommer, CEO, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  • Alexander Mankowsky, Technologiemanagement & Forschungspolitik, Daimler AG
  • Dipl.-Ing. Arnold Paluch, General Director Global Transmission & Electrification, Europe and Global Manual Tranmission Engineering, Adam Opel AG
  • Prof. Christoph Ebert, Geschäftsführer, Vector Informatik
  • Dipl.-Ing. Didier Lexa, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, GETRAG, Magna Powertrain
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Stahl, Full Professor, Institute of Machine Elements, Director of Gear Research Centre (FZG), Technische Universität München
  • Peter Moelgg, CEO AWD/eDrive Systems, GKN Driveline Bruneck AG

This is what you can expect:

  • More than 80 international expert lectures
  • Two specific conferences headed “Drivetrains for Commercial Vehicles“ and “Transmission Control“
  • Five special events on the day prior to the congress
  • More than 1,500 participants
  • More than 100 international exhibitors

Your Contact at VDI Wissensforum:
Daniela Kunst
Product Manager
Telefon: +49 211 6214-368
Telefax: +49 211 6214-97368
E-Mail: kunst@vdi.de

Registration and programme at www.getriebekongress.de or www.vdi-wissensforum.de  as well as via the VDI Wissensforum Customer Service, Postfach 10 11 39, 40002 Duesseldorf, E-Mail: wissensforum@vdi.de,  Phone: +49 211 6214-201, Fax: -154.

Contact person responsible for public relations:

Thomas Frohn
Phone: +49 211 6214-641
Fax: +49 211 6214-97641
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About VDI Wissensforum GmbH

VDI Wissensforum GmbH headquartered in Düsseldorf has been one of the leading educational institutions which promotes knowledge transfer amongst engineers as well as key technical and managerial staff in the technology field. More than 1,300 annual events cover the whole range of relevant sectors. They offer seminars and technology forums, modular training courses with subsequent certification as well as expert meetings and congresses.  In light of this, ongoing market research combined with an extensive network of experts and the strong expertise of the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) (Association of German Engineers) ensures the events’ superior quality.