Innovative Materials For The Cockpit Of The Future (Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing. USA 2018)

Mr Derek Muller, Senior Manager Research & Innovation
Faurecia Group North America
United States


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Presentation Summary

In this presentation, we will explore Faurecia's vision for the "Cockpit of the Future", including potential layouts, use cases and new features. In addition, we will explore the development of the lightweight, high-performance materials needed to meet the challenges we face in innovation. We will also delve into case studies on some lightweighting innovation projects.

Speaker Biography (Derek Muller)

Derek Muller's career with Faurecia spans 6 years with leadership roles in the Ford Customer Business Unit and the Global Innovation Department. Muller took on the position of Senior Manager of Research & Innovation North America in 2017. In this role, Muller is responsible for leading a team of talented engineers and designers to create new automotive products and technologies.
Muller began his career in 1997 with Ford Motor Company, a global leader in manufacturing and distribution of automobiles and automotive products and services. In 2002, he took a new role as Senior Product Development Engineer for Grupo Antolin, a tier one automotive supplier specializing in automotive interiors. One year later, Muller transitioned into a program manager position within the organization. In 2012, Muller joined Faurecia as an Advanced Program Manager in the Ford Customer Business Unit.
Muller holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI, and a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.

Company Profile (Faurecia)

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Founded in 1997, Faurecia has grown to become a major player in the global automotive industry. With 290 sites including 30 R&D centers and 109,000 employees in 35 countries, Faurecia is now a global leader in its three areas of business: automotive seating, interior systems and clean mobility. Faurecia has focused its technology strategy on providing solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. In 2017, the Group posted total sales of €20.2 billion and value-added sales of €17.0 billion. Faurecia is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC Next 20 index. For more information, please visit External Link
With North American headquarters based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Faurecia had sales of $5.3 billion in 2017 and employed approximately 20,000 people at 50 locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
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