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Speaker Interview with Pierre Furtwengler

60 seconds with a Materials & Fluids Engineer at Groupe Renault

You will deliver a presentation focusing on “An overview of TPE - Tomorrow’s Expectations for Hybrid and Electrical vehicles “. Please could you please give us a quick overview of what you will be sharing with our audience?

The purpose of the presentation is to expose the Renault group strategy for the next year. The presentation will focus on the new challenges related to vehicles electrification and their CO2 emissions. Indeed, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical vehicles are not CO2 neutral and targeting the sources of emission are mandatory to reduce their environmental impact.

What do you see as the most significant changes coming up in the sector in the next year?

In the next year the automotive sector will be deeply impacted by the new Euro7 legislation and the massive vehicles electrification. Challenges on vehicle connectivity, emissions and life cycle assessment, autonomy, fast charging and batteries end of life are expected.

The past year has been one of many challenges – how do you see the TPE industry overcoming these challenges and moving forward?

Even if the past year was rough for all of us, I think the TPE industry will move forward. Indeed, the multiple material shortages and new needs create several market opportunities for the TPE industry. For example in the automotive sector the massive electrification decreases the environmental temperature of parts previously made in rubber which can be switch to TPE. Also, several TPE can improve their environmental impact by increasing their biobased or recycled content thanks to the broad chemistry involve in the TPE synthesis.

Why do you think people should attend TPE World Summit 2021?

People should attend the TPE World Summit as it is a unique opportunity to meet the main TPE suppliers and be aware of their latest development. Beyond the knowledge sharing, these 2 days are highly favourable for networking and developing.