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Schaeffler Symposium 2018
April 11-13, 2018 in Baden-Baden

Schaeffler Symposium 2018 – Mobility for Tomorrow

By developing new drive technologies, next-generation mobility solutions for urban living spaces as well as components that make automobiles more environmentally friendly, we are helping to shape mobility for tomorrow. Doing so, however, entails engaging in a range of activities that are becoming ever more complex and digital. Consequently, groundbreaking products and innovations can only be realized by working together in close cooperation with our partners.


Experience exclusive technical presentations that will present exciting insights into the technologies and mobility concepts being developed by Schaeffler. Meet industry developers and decision-makers in a friendly environment. Gain a first-hand understanding of Schaeffler technologies at the Symposium’s special experience events and technical exhibition.

Prof. Dr. Peter Pleus, CEO Automotive OEM Schaeffler AG
Prof. Dr. Peter Pleus, CEO Automotive OEM Schaeffler AG
Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive OEM Schaeffler AG
Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive OEM Schaeffler AG

Presentations April 12: Opening & Conventional Powertrain


  • Welcome
    Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG
  • What Moves Us – Mobility Concepts for the Future
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer
  • What Guides Us – The Energy Chain of Mobility for Tomorrow
    Uwe Wagner, Senior Vice President R&D Automotive and Industrial
  • What Drives Us – The Schaeffler Powertrainmatrix
    Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive

Conventional Powertrain


  • The Combustion Engine – A Drive with a Future!
    Dr. Martin Scheidt, Senior Vice President R&D Engine Systems
  • Breakthrough of Rollerized Crank Shafts
    Dr. Frank Schlerege, Director Advanced Engineering Analysis Engine Systems
  • Fast and Precise – Electrical Cam Shifting
    Andreas Thölke, Senior Specialist Product Development Electrical Cam Shifting
  • VCR – The Last Big Step for Greater Efficiency
    Dr. Peter Solfrank, Director Product Engineering Phasing Systems
  • Airpath Flexibility – Unlocking the Full Potential of the UniAir System
    David Kehr, Director UniAir
  • 3 Cylinder as an 8 Stroke – Rolling CDA
    Dr. Michael Elicker, Manager Advanced Development Engine Systems
  • Schaeffler eRocker System – New Concepts for Switchable Roller Finger Followers
    Dr. Frank Himsel, Senior Manager Application Engineering Variable Valve Train Systems / Switchable Components
  • P0 Mild Hybrid – With System Competence to Maximum Efficiency
    Christoph Schröder, Director Product Group Accessory Drives
    Dr. Andreas Stuffer, Manager Product Management Engine Dampers


  • The Transmission – Now and in Future the Most Efficient Connection Between the Powertrain and the Road
    Dr. Hartmut Faust, Senior Vice President R&D Transmission Systems
  • Innovative Bearing Concepts for the Powertrains of the Future
    Georg von Petery, Director Product Development / Product Design Transmission Components
  • Best-in-Class Dampers for Every Driveline Concept
    Dr. Ad Kooy, Manager Engineering Business Unit Damper Systems
    Roland Seebacher, Director Development Dynamic
  • Efficient Solutions for Automatic Transmissions – Torque Converters and Clutch Packs
    Thomas Heck, Vice President Product Line Torque Converter
  • Made-to-Order Double Clutch Systems
    Götz Rathke, Director Development System
  • Innovative Power on Demand Concepts for Transmission Actuation
    Bruno Müller, Vice President Product Line Actuators
  • Innovative CAE – Optimal Layout of Transmission Components
    Dr. Daniel Heinrich, Senior Specialist System Development Clutches
  • The Manual Transmission Has a Future: E-Clutch and Hybridization
    Dr. Roland Welter, President Business Unit Clutch System and Project Mangagement

  • The City of Tomorrow - Senseable Mobility
    Prof. Carlo Ratti, Director SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Partner Carlo Ratti Associati (architecture and design practice)

Presentations April 13: Hybridized and Electrified Powertrains

Hybridized and Electrified Powertrains

  • Schaeffler E-Mobility – With Creativity and System Competence in the Field of Endless Opportunities
    Andreas Englisch, President Business Units Hybrid Transmissions & E-Axles
    Thomas Pfund, President Business Unit E-Systems
  • The Schaeffler eDrive Plattform – Modular and Highly Integrated
    Thomas Pfund, President Business Unit E-Systems
  • 48 V Hybridization – A Smart Upgrade for the Powertrain
    Thomas Eckenfels, Project Manager Product Line Hybrid Modules
  • P2 HV Drives – The Most Efficient Hybridization for all Transmissions
    Dierk Reitz, Vice President Product Line Hybrid Modules
  • The Top 3 of P2 – Space, Space, Space
    Joachim Hoffmann, Vice President Product Line Dry Clutches
  • The Innovative Schaeffler Modular E-Axle
    Thorsten Biermann, Senior Director Development Product Line Electric Axle Systems
  • Dedicated Hybrid Transmission – How the Transmission Becomes a Powertrain
    Andreas Kinigadner, Manager New Concepts E-Mobility
  • Intelligent Thermal Management for Hybrid Powertrains
    Michael Weiss, Vice President Product Line Thermal Management & Water Pump Bearings

  • Mobile in the City of Tomorrow – The Fusion of Powertrain and Chassis
    Dr. Manfred Kraus, Senior Vice President R&D Chassis Systems

Agenda Schaeffler Symposium 2018


At the Schaeffler Symposium 2014, Schaeffler provided an insight into innovations and technologies in the engine, transmission and chassis areas. The spectrum ranged from an electric wheel hub drive all the way through to hybrid concepts for 48-volt on-board power supply and transmission concepts with power splitting.

All technical papers presented at the Schaeffler Symposium 2014 are available in our media library.

Schaeffler Symposium 2014 – technical papers

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