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This networking event is being run by Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) in partnership with the University of Salford, Enterprise Ireland, and a number of companies in the NAA network. The event is focussed around providing insight into the strategy of Automotive Manufacturer’s for Electric Vehicle (EV) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) adoption. Furthermore, the event aims to shine a light on the growing CAV and EV strengths within the NAA geography, and kickstart collaboration in the region, that will support the solution of these new challenges in the automotive industry.


9:00 – 9:30 Arrival & Refreshments

9:30 – 10:00 University of SalfordDr Georgina Harris, our Head of Engineering – CAV/EV capability & projects, incl. Project Synergy, an Innovate UK project (project partners include TfGM and Westfield); this project is leveraging the University’s expertise in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. HAVEN (Home As a Virtual Energy Network) a UKRI project looking at Vehicle-2-Grid connectivity. As well as a presentation on their NAVYA Autonom Shuttle (a purpose-built level4 first-mile/last-mile CAV) which the University purchased in 2018 enabling the University gain experience and to focus their CAV research on real-world deployment rather than the technology.

10:00 – 10:30 Bentley – Dan Whittaker, Director of Electrical & Electronics– The sales ban for petrol and diesel car sales has been brought forward to 2035. How are Bentley rising to the challenge? What impact is it having on vehicle design, manufacture, supply chains, etc. How are Bentley addressing this change? Also, do Bentley see any opportunities related to the move to electric vehicles for Bentley and the UK/Regional automotive sector?

10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break

10:45 – 11:00 Sigmatex – Paul McMullan, Global Commercial Manager – NAA Company of the Year, 2019, Sigmatex are world leaders in the manufacture of Carbon Fibre. Presentation will focus on Sigmatex’ APC funded project ‘Affordable high Rate Composite Structures (ARCS)’. Which is an Innovate UK funded collaborative project designed to strengthen the UK supply chain for high volume, low cost carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components for the Automotive industry.

11:00 – 11:30 Zenzic – Presentation on the future of Connected and Autonomous Mobility, future funding opportunities, and a look at the Roadmap to 2030.

11:30 – 11:45 NAA – Rowan Egan, Chief Executive – Presentation on the FAST STEP 3 project, a collaborative research project to use titanium in automotive engines with the ultimate aim of lowering vehicle emissions. The FAST STEP 3 consortium is comprised of Bentley Motors, Force Technology Ltd, the Northern Automotive Alliance, The University of Sheffield, Transition International and W.H. Tildesley. The emphasis of this presentation is focussed on COLLABORATION, and to spark discussion in the room around joint consortium bids, that can bring major funding to the North.

11:45 – 12:00 Knowledge Transfer Network – George Filip, Manager for CAV – CAV UK and future opportunities – Presentation on the CAV landscape in the UK as well as collaboration opportunities, funding and grants available and upcoming for UK based companies.

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 13:45 EI / CAV Ireland – Sean Long, Senior Market – Presentation on activities in Ireland around CAV and also the potential impact of Brexit on UK / European vehicle companies. A selection of Irish companies will be given the opportunity to say what they are doing in the Automotive / CAV arena.

13:45 – 14:15 Jaguar Land Rover – John Cormican, General Manager, Vehicle Engineering Ireland – John’s presentation, as Head of JLR’s Shannon facility, and now with a Manchester based team, shares insight into JLR’s strategy towards the adoption of CAV technology, including what challenges and opportunities they face.

14:15 – 14:30 The Floow – Mark Burke, Research Scientist – Mark’s presentation will cover The Floow’s research into how the rapid introduction of autonomous technologies will change the exposure to risk of road users. This talk will explore the change in risk from the evolving interaction between driver and vehicle, as well as the risk emerging from the road infrastructure as new technologies are deployed.

14:30 – 14:45 Mobica – Dawn Embry, Director of Strategy & Performance – Presentation on connectivity learnings from other sectors i.e. what can Automotive OEMs learn from connectivity innovation and implementation from other sectors?

14:45 – 15:00 Refreshments

15:00 – 16:30 University of Salford Tour – which will include demonstrations on the University’s NAVYA Autonom Shuttle (a purpose-built level 4 first-mile/last-mile CAV), and a visit to the Acoustics lab (the University of Salford work with many Automotive companies in the areas of acoustics and NVH) The Acoustics tour will also include a visit to the quietest room in the World.

16:30 Close

Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Please note the event is limited to 50 attendees so book early to avoid disappointment.

Free parking will be made available at the event.

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