27. - 28. February 2018
Maritim Hotel, Berlin (Germany)
“The ambitious air quality requirements in German cities can be met without vehicle bans. In 2017 the NO2 annual mean values fell markedly in many cities. Total nitrogen oxide emissions from road traffic are now 70 percent lower than they were in 1990. In the medium term the air quality issue will be resolved by the increasing penetration of the fleet by vehicles meeting new exhaust standards. In the short term, the measures involving the German automotive industry that were agreed at the diesel summit will reduce NO2 emissions in towns and cities,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), at the beginning of the VDA’s 20th Technical Congress.
With over 800 participants from business, academia and politics, the Technical Congress took place in Berlin on February 27 and 28, 2018, was the most important technology symposium in the automotive industry in Europe. Numerous high-ranking sector representatives discussed key topics surrounding the mobility of the future. The event focused on the areas of “Environment, energy and electric mobility” and “Vehicle safety and electronics.” Thirty-three exhibitors are also attending the most important specialist meeting in the automotive industry. Over 50 top-level representatives of the automotive sector gave talks at the congress, including Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer of Schaeffler AG, Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Research and Development at the Volkswagen Group, Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Board of Management at Robert Bosch GmbH, and Gunnar Herrmann, Chairman of the Management Board at Ford Werke GmbH.
State Secretary Rainer Bomba from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure delivered a welcome address.
Impressions from the Exhibition
In addition to the 20th Technical Congress the participants got again the possibility to visit a large exhibition with numerous interesting exhibits. Companies, universities and institutions presented their products and offered an ambience for the congress participants to have had intensive discussions during the breaks.
Evening event in the Arminius Markthalle
With the evening event in the Arminius Market Hall in Mitte / Moabit this year, there was a whole new concept for a gathering with excellent musical and culinary entertainment and the opportunity to go on a lively and interactive "gastronomic discovery tour".