30 May 2013
EuroBrake, the world’s number one technical conference and exhibition devoted to braking technology will return to Dresden, Germany from 17-19 June 2013. Following the success of the first conference, which attracted almost 700 participants from 37 countries, EuroBrake is back with an expanded programme, larger exhibition and the same laser-like focus on the fast-growing sector of brake technology.
A recent Merrill Lynch study valued the global market for passenger car braking systems at USD 32bn. This is set to rise in the coming years according to Jan Münchhoff, Head of Development Foundation Brake and Brake System Design at AUDI AG, and EuroBrake Steering Committee member:
“Until now, development of foundation braking systems has been technologically conservative, focussing mainly on improving braking performance while maintaining a reasonable cost proposition. However today we can point to the convergence of a number of factors which will cause the braking system to rise higher in the list of priorities for every vehicle manufacturer”.
“The first is the emergence of advanced, integrated chassis control systems along with sophisticated braking mechatronics. Brake assistance functions, from brake preconditioning to autonomous emergency braking can be combined with other chassis control functions to provide transformational gains in active safety and driving comfort”.
“The second is the trend towards hybridisation and electrification of the powertrain driven by the imperative to cut CO2 emissions. Here the goal of capturing the full potential of regenerative braking, whilst preserving a natural, safe, intuitive feel for the driver, presents huge technical challenges in the area of brake blending”.
Weight reduction and the use of advanced materials are also a major part of the EuroBrake agenda. This is unsurprising when one considers that the average weight of the braking system on a mid-size passenger car is approximately 80 kg, making it one of the most obvious targets for mass reduction efforts on the vehicle.
EuroBrake 2013 will feature more than 100 expert presentations from automotive companies, suppliers and universities world-wide, as well as from the rail and industrial braking sectors.
Keynote speakers include: Klaus Kompass, Vice President Vehicle Safety, BMW Group; Dr. Hans-Jörg Feigel, Vice President Development Future Brake Systems, Continental AG and Jochen Hermann, Director Brakes, Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems, Daimler AG.
There is also a major technology exhibition with 75 international companies displaying their components, technologies and engineering solutions – an increase of 50% compared to last year’s conference. EuroBrake Chairman, Harald Abendroth said:
“We are delighted to back in Dresden with an even stronger technical programme and an even larger spread of companies participating. If you are involved in the research, development, manufacturing or marketing of brake systems – this meeting is your opportunity to connect with a powerful network of braking specialists, companies and institutes from all over the world.”
For more information and to register for the conference visit: www.eurobrake.net.
For more information please contact:
Elliot Maule, Education & Communications Manager, FISITA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7299 6634
Fax: +44 (0)20 7299 6633
Notes to editors:
EuroBrake is organised by FISITA, the world body for automotive engineers.
Established in 1948, FISITA links the national automotive engineering societies in 37 countries representing over 185,000 engineering professionals and organises the biennial FISITA World Automotive Congress and the annual World Automotive Summit.