This is a special edition of our EEC podcast on the subject "The Future of Automotive Design". It is our honor to introduce our guests: Anders Warming, Frank Wu and Albert-Johann Kirzinger. Let's discover together how automotive design will transform as we look to the mobility of the future - connected, autonomous, shared and electric.
Anders Warming is the founder of Warming Design company. Anders was head of exterior design at BMW, at Mini and most recently at Borgward before founding his own company.
Frank Wu is director of design at Beijing Automotive Group. Previously, Frank was lead exterior designer at Cadillac in the US and due to his background as an Asian-American he has an excellent understanding of both worlds.
Albert-Johann Kirzinger has been head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCV) and MAN Latin America since 2012. He has worked on designs for Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and VW. At VCV, many vehicles bear his signature: Caddy 4 and 5, Bulli T6, Crafter, MOIA and many more.
In this episode we had the honor to welcome the next outstanding guest in the Elite Experts Conferences podcast: Yann Vincent, CEO at Automotive Cells Company. ACC is one of Europe’s newest high-tech companies. Backed by Saft -Total and Groupe PSA-Opel, ACC’s goal is to power the future of the automotive industry by innovating in battery technology.
The ACC aim to produce sustainable, affordable, high-capacity, longer-life batteries. An R&D center, new state-of-the art facility in France and gigafactories in France and in Germany will be build. It takes a lot of leadership skills and experience to meet the high expectations. Yann Vincent has immense experience in the automotive industry, which he demonstrated most recently in his position as Executive Vice President and Industrial Director for over 6 years at PSA.
We talked about highly relevant topics like:
⁃ increasing demand for batteries in the course of electrification
⁃ ACC's challenges and vision and positioning as European manufacturer
⁃ why it is important to stay a startup company
Are you curious to learn about a new technology that lets us think beyond the limits of human imagination? Design, automation, AI, advanced computational science - it's all there in this episode! This time our podcast guests are: Dr. Francesco Iorio - CEO at Augmenta and Dr. Massimiliano Moruzzi - Head of Business Development & Cognitive Engineering at Augmenta. Massimiliano previously led research and development of substantial innovations in intelligent robotics and advanced materials. Francesco was the Director of Computational Science Research at Autodesk, where he spearheaded the creation of generative design.
Augmenta has developed a revolutionary form of generative design that combines AI and computational techniques to change the way we engineer solutions to complex problems. Imagine what this means: Rather than simply representing the user's design intent, as all traditional design software does, Augmenta’s generative design systems use AI to learn from both real and simulated worlds, generating extremely novel and high performing designs and then empowering users to explore a wide range of possible solutions. This new way of working augments human beings’ abilities, helping them be more creative, and freeing them from their own limitations, biases and constraints.
Our guest this time: Fabian Hediger! Fabian is co-founder and CEO of Worldwebforum and co-founder and president of the board of directors of beecom. Fabian’s path was anything but easy, even though nowadays his company beecom delivers great results and the best of the best from the digital world are coming to the Worldwebforum:
- Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak
- John Sculley, CEO of Apple for 10years
- Claude Zellweger, Director of Design at Google
- Glenn Gore, Chief Architect at Amazon Web Services
- Mark Thompson, CEO-Coach of Steve Jobs & Richard Branson
Listen in this episode about the fascinating story of the Worldwebforum and about the challenges of beecom. These are magical moments when strong people with immense experience tell about their path. It's not that these people never worry, never make mistakes or always know how to go on. But these personalities have the courage to stand up again after EVERY fall!
Our guest this time is Dr. Tamara Baksht, the CEO at VisIC Technologies. Tamara has been leading the company for more than 10 years. She studied physics at Tomsk State University in Russia and completed her PhD at Tel Aviv University. Tamara has a lot of experience with multi-disciplinary gallium nitride (GaN) projects, starting with research work, but also budgeting, transferring products to production and providing customer support.
In 2010 she founded VisIC Technologies to make it a technology licensor and a provider of high-voltage, high-volume GaN devices to the rapidly growing power conversion market. Nowadays they offer a wide range of inverters and on-board chargers. High-voltage GaN technology benefits numerous markets beyond the automotive sector.
We talked with Tamara about the developments in the automotive industry, about the past, present and future of semiconductor technologies, about innovative thinking, about the higher purpose of VisIC Technologies, business cooperations and leadership challenges.
Our outstanding guest this time: CEO of Polestar, Thomas Ingenlath! We always announce in the podcast „Whether at live events or in the digital world, we bring together cool promising tech startups with exciting innovative global players and generate a platform where the world of sustainable technology meets.“ In this episode it couldn't be more fitting - we have a little bit of both - back-up from established automotive companies, but also elements of start-up dynamics in the daily work at Polestar.
Dynamic, sustainable, efficient, purist, bold, noble - simply Polestar!
Thomas answered many technical and strategic questions - honestly, competently and thoughtfully!
EEC Podcast would not be EEC Podcast without a personal, inspiring touch!
Thomas also shared with us many personal insights:
- Who and what was crucial in his career
- What advice he would have given young Thomas ...and much more!
Feel this energy, inner conviction and drive! Let it inspire you!
Our guest in this episode is Marc Jacobs, CEO at Molecular Plasma Group (MPG). MPG provides innovative eco-friendly surface functionalisation solutions. These solutions can replace highly toxic, chemicals-based systems in a wide range of industries such as biomedical technology and advanced composites. Here we focused on composite bonding in automotive industry. MPG’s MolecularGRIP™ technology enables adhesive bonding of even the most challenging materials such as PP, carbon fibre and Teflon. The precursors used can be organic molecules, nanoparticles, biomolecules. The process is a scalable, dry, ambient and atmospheric process. Additionally, MPG develops customized solutions using the MolecularGRIP™ technology for improved adhesion between difficult-to-bond materials with custom-designed primer layers and Leaf™ technology for nano-structured, water-repellent and non-stick coatings. In this episode we talk about composite bonding in automotive industry, sustainability in bonding technologies, business scaling, innovative thinking, business cooperations and leadership.
Our guest in this episode is an extraordinarily inspiring courageous personality and a charismatic passionate visionary Gianfranco Pizzuto.
Gianfranco is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of international business experience. In 2007 he was Fisker Automotive’s first investor and co-founder. He spent the last 13 years in the automotive industry working as an inspiring consultant and covering senior positions specializing in PHEV and EV. He also promoted the introduction of Jaguar's first all-electric vehicle in Italy, the Jaguar I-Pace. Additionally, Gianfranco is the owner of the Scuderia-E brand. Gianfranco's latest top project is the creation of an Italian-Turkish Formula E team together with Mark Lander, founder of IMECAR Elektronik, Massimiliano Zocchi, head of DMove.it and Armağan Arabul, founder of Elektron Innovative.
In this episode we were talking about developments in the automotive industry, innovative sustainability, e racing, higher purpose of his work, inspiring projects, business cooperations, lifelong learning and leadership.
Our guests in this episode are Oren Ezer, CEO at ElectReon and Dr. Stefan Tongur, the Business Development Manager at ElectReon.
ElectReon Wireless Ltd. is an Israeli publicly-traded company developing an electric road system (ERS). The company is using dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT) technology - inductive transmission via electromagnetic fields from the roadbed. The technology enables a shared infrastructure that significantly reduced the need to charge vehicle's battery during day/overnight and decreases the size of the battery. It can support any type of EVs and is especially suitable for autonomous EVs.
In this episode we talk about the development of the automotive and transportation industry, business models, innovative thinking, business cooperations and leadership.