20 January 2022 – START

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13:15-13:30 CET

START OF LIVE STREAMING

Emily Whigham

Moderator

Start of Live Streaming

Moderator Emily Whigham welcomes the participants live
from Asahi Kasei Europe’s office in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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13:30-13:35 CET

WELCOME WORDS

Hideki Tsutsumi

Managing Director
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

Welcome Words

Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe and
Senior Executive Officer of the Asahi Kasei Group, officially opens the first Asahi Kasei Automotive Tech Day.

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13:35-14:00 CET

KEY RESULTS OF 3rd ASAHI KASEI AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR SURVEY 2021

Tillmann Faber

SKOPOS

Key results of 3rd Asahi Kasei Automotive Interior Survey 2021

In October 2021, Asahi Kasei Europe and Cologne-based research institute SKOPOS conducted the 3rd Asahi Kasei Automotive Interior Survey, asking 1,000 car users in Germany, China, USA and Japan about their preferences towards the future automotive interior.

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14:00-14:05 CET

KEYNOTE SPEECH ON FUTURE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

Dirk Pieper

CEO
SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

Keynote Speech

Dirk Pieper, CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors, on the future of automotive interiors.

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14:05-14:50 CET

PANEL DISCUSSION – WHAT IS THE CAR USER EXPECTING FROM FUTURE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR?

Dirk Pieper

CEO
SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

Heiko Rother

General Manager, Automotive Business Development
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

Dr. Christina Hack

Director Technology & Innovation
BROSE GROUP

Michael Knauer

Journalist
AUTOMOBILWOCHE

20 January 2022 – BREAK

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14:50-15:00 CET

BREAK

20 January 2022 – MEET THE EXPERT

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15:00-15:25 CET

CABIN AIR QUALITY SENSING FOR IMPROVED SAFETY AND HEALTH

Henrik Rödjegård

Chief Technology Officer,
Adjunct Professor
SENSEAIR AB

CABIN AIR QUALITY SENSING FOR IMPROVED SAFETY AND HEALTH

Car owners are becoming more aware of the air quality inside the car. Did you know that when there is 3000ppm CO2 in a car, bus or conference room every 18th breath you take was already “used”? Sensing and controlling the CO2 levels in the cabin keeps the air healthy, is a safety measure against drowsy drivers and helps to detect children left behind.

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15:30-15:55 CET

SOFORM™: GLASS REINFORCED TPO COMPOUNDS THAT EXPAND THE PERFORMANCE PROFILE OF AUTOMOTIVE

Todd Glogovski

President and Chief Operating Officer
ASAHI KASEI PLASTICS NORTH AMERICA

SOFORM™: GLASS REINFORCED TPO COMPOUNDS THAT EXPAND THE PERFORMANCE PROFILE OF AUTOMOTIVE

Car users are looking for long-lasting premium surfaces inside the car. The glass-fiber reinforced polypropylene SoForm™ is a cost-optimized and scratch resistant material with a superior touch-and-feel haptic.

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16:00-16:25 CET

NEXXEssentials™, PERFORMANCE FEATURES BY SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

Mark Brezenski

VP Asia Business Manager
SAGE AUTOMOTVIE INTERIORS

Lee Matthews

Business Manager
SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

NEXXEssentials™, PERFORMANCE FEATURES BY SAGE AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

NEXXEssentials™ is a forward-thinking mobility interiors platform that brings innovative, performance and smart technologies to the interior and elevates the mobility experience.

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16:30-16:45 CET

3D-MESH MATERIAL FOR IMPROVED BREATHABILITY, DURABILITY AND CUSTOMIZATION OF INTERIOR PARTS

Hwang Ya Chen

Industrial Materials Division
ASAHI KASEI ADVANCE

3D-MESH MATERIAL FOR IMPROVED BREATHABILITY, DURABILITY AND CUSTOMIZATION OF INTERIOR PARTS

Cubit™ is the ideal material for vehicle interior parts that require durability, resilience, ease of care, as well as comfort. Made out of recycled polyester fibers and biobased substances, its 3D-mesh structure achieves an improved breathability and passive ventilation.

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15:00-15:25 CET

SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF 5G COMMUNICATION WITH MODIFIED PPE

Thorsten Windhüs

Strategic Business Development Manager Automotive,
Engineering Plastics Division
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF 5G COMMUNICATION WITH MODIFIED PPE

The modified polyphenylene ether XYRON™’s wide product portfolio allows for its use in a variety of applications associated with a rise of 5G technology. Its extensive and unique combination of properties have been providing an unmatched freedom of design for engineers from a wide range of industries. XYRON™’s little attenuation of radiomagnetic provides a further expansion of its use scenarios for most recent developments within the area of 5G technologies.

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15:30-15:55 CET

WGF™ - High performance polarization film for ADAS applications

Hauke Witting

Senior Business Development Manager - Business Development Automotive
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

WGF™ - High performance polarization film for ADAS applications

The increasing automation of driving functions requires particularly reliable sensor concepts as well as high-intensity display systems in the vehicle. The new WGF™ polarization filter expands the application range of conventional optical systems, enabling robust detection of the environment and surroundings. In addition, the system performance and durability of e.g. AR-Head Up Displays can be improved.

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16:00-16:25 CET

AUDIO HUB (CODEC) – THE FLEXIBLE AND SMART WAY TO INTERCONNECT

Bijan Farazandeh

Senior Business Development Manager
ASAHI KASEI MICRODEVICES EUROPE

AUDIO HUB (CODEC) – THE FLEXIBLE AND SMART WAY TO INTERCONNECT

Be flexible to interconnect different audio parts of your system and to expand the port numbers by using AKM‘s Audio Hub (CODEC).

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15:00-15:25 CET

HIPORE™ - WET-PROCESS LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SEPARATOR FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE BATTERIES

Yuki Yamamoto

Manager,
Separator Business Development
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

HIPORE™ - WET-PROCESS LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SEPARATOR FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE BATTERIES

Asahi Kasei’s HIPORE™ separator is a proven technology and offering solutions to increase the energy density and safety of EV batteries.

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15:30-15:55 CET

SUNFORCE™ - A NEW ERA OF ENGINEERING PLASTIC PARTICLE FOAMS: LIGHT WEIGHT & HIGH PERFORMANCE

Kyo Schmitt

Technical Sales Manager
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

SUNFORCE™ - A NEW ERA OF ENGINEERING PLASTIC PARTICLE FOAMS: LIGHT WEIGHT & HIGH PERFORMANCE

Asahi Kasei’s SunForce™ family of particle foam beads made of engineering plastics (m-PPE or Polyamide) opens up new possibilities for lightweight and high-performance applications in the fields of LIB batteries, automotive, and others (telecommunication, logistics, composite, etc.)

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16:00-16:25 CET

ACETONITRILE (ACN) ELECTROLYTE – SUPER HIGH IONIC CONDUCTIVITY ELECTROLYTE FOR LITHIUM ION BATTERY

TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE BATTERY PRODUCTION - LIB ELECTROLYTE WITH CO2 AS RAW MATERIAL

Dr. Yuto Iizuka

Manager,
R&D Electrolyte
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

ACETONITRILE (ACN) ELECTROLYTE – SUPER HIGH IONIC CONDUCTIVITY ELECTROLYTE FOR LITHIUM ION BATTERY

Acetonitrile (AcN) – containing electrolyte enhances low temperature performance and high power performance due to higher lithium ion conductivity. This electrolyte not only increases the power performance, but also reduces the total cost of battery production by enabling the usage of thicker electrodes.

TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE BATTERY PRODUCTION - LIB ELECTROLYTE WITH CO2 AS RAW MATERIAL

Reducing the CO2 footprint in battery manufacturing is an urgent topic. Asahi Kasei commercialized a process utilizing CO2 for the production of highly purified ethylene carbonate (p-EC) and highly purified dimethyl carbonate (p-DMC) to be used as component for LIB electrolytes.

 

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16:30-16:55 CET

CELGARD® LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SEPARATORS FOR ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLES

Ron Smith

Director of Research and Development
CELGARD

CELGARD® LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SEPARATORS FOR ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLES

Celgard offers a variety of battery separators for the complete range of vehicle electrification. Celgard’s polypropylene-based materials provide stability and can be tailored for improved performance in high power or high energy systems.

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16:55-17:00 CET

UL94 5VA FLAME-RETARDANT NON-WOVEN FABRIC FOR IMPROVED BATTERY SAFETY

Hwang Ya Chen

Industrial Materials Division
ASAHI KASEI ADVANCE

UL94 5VA FLAME-RETARDANT NON-WOVEN FABRIC FOR IMPROVED BATTERY SAFETY

Lastan® is a lightweight and flame-retardant non-woven material ideal for preventing the thermal propagation of lithium-ion batteries.

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15:00-15:25 CET

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SBR IN EV TIRES

Chigusa Yamada

Manager,
Synthetic Rubber Division R&D Rubber
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SBR IN EV TIRES

The ongoing electrification in the automotive industry is changing the requirements for the development of tire materials. By utilizing material informatics Asahi Kasei developed a new generation of styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), offering an unmatched balance of processability, performance and sustainability.

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15:30-15:55 CET

AIR-DYNAMICS, CABIN AIR QUALITY CONTROL FOR EXTENDED RANGE

Henrik Rödjegård

Chief Technology Officer,
Adjunct Professor
SENSEAIR AB

AIR-DYNAMICS, CABIN AIR QUALITY CONTROL FOR EXTENDED RANGE

Most modern commercial buildings have demand controlled ventilation, maintaining good air quality while saving energy. Using the same robust technology, with carbon dioxide sensors, in electric cars will substantially extend the range of electric vehicles in hot or cold environments.

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16:00-16:25 CET

THE NEXT GENERATION OF SEMI-AROMATIC POLYAMIDE: ASAHI KASEI‘S GROWING FAMILY OF LEONA™ SG&SN GRADES

Ralf Kemsies

Sales Manager,
Engineering Plastics Division
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

THE NEXT GENERATION OF SEMI-AROMATIC POLYAMIDE: ASAHI KASEI‘S GROWING FAMILY OF LEONA™ SG&SN GRADES

Modern applications allow for less compromises. You know polyamide materials that provide high stiffness. Or good surface quality. Or moisture resistance. However, with our growing LEONA™ SG polyamide family we managed to combine all these features and to maintain the excellent processability already known from our 90G series. All together in a well-balanced package at a competitive cost level.

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16:30-16:45 CET

HARD COATING FOR POLYCARBONATE GLAZING

Keigo Sasaki

Chief Researcher,
Corporate Research & Development
ASAHI KASEI CORPORATION

HARD COATING FOR POLYCARBONATE GLAZING

This water-based glaze coating equips polycarbonate with an abrasion resistance similar to glass, as well as high durability (weatherability). Glaze-coated polycarbonate as an alternative for glass contributes to lightweighting and increases design flexibility in automotive applications, such as windshields, rear and side windows, sunroofs, headlight lenses, cover lenses for sensor systems, and other exterior parts.

20 January 2022 – END

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17:00-17:15 CET

THANK YOU AND CLOSING – HIDEKI TSUTSUMI & EMILY WHIGHAM

Hideki Tsutsumi

Managing Director
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE

Emily Whigham

Moderator

Thank you and closing – Hideki Tsutsumi & Emily Whigham