SHWire and SynFlex at the VDA technical congress 2022

With its 15 thematic sessions and more than 50 presentations, the VDA's technical congress is the most important technology symposium in the automotive industry in Europe. 500 congress visitors attended the two days of the event in Berlin on 15 + 16 March. The main topics were digitalisation and climate protection with the main aspects of drive change, infrastructure, sustainability, autonomous driving, cyber security, data sheet form and future technologies and strategies.

As a component manufacturer SynFlex and SHWire are very proud to have been invited to speak at this prestigious VDA technical congress. In view of a top-class list of speakers, it was a special honour to actively participate in an event at which, in addition to the VDA President Ms. Müller and the Federal Minister of Economics Dr. Habeck, high-ranking representatives from the management and executive boards of among others Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz AG, BMW AG as well as the Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens AG, Schaeffler AG and Continental AG, presented the latest developments and trends.

Enamelled copper wire is highly innovative and at the same time a sustainable product due to a very high copper recycling rate. Therefore, we decided to focus on the point of sustainability, recyclability and thus the long-term availability of copper and to place our presentation in the theme session "Circular Economy".

Dr. Andreas Levermann reported in addition to some facts about extremely process-reliably produced enamelled copper wires in an Industry 4.0 production environment, in particular about current innovations for e-mobility applications, also in the high-voltage range. In his function as Managing Director of the SynFlex Dienstleistungsgesellschaft and copper trader, Michael Wieland then elaborated on the value chain for copper, why Urban Mine is gaining in importance and how to hedge price and volume risks. This topic gained additional importance in view of the current global political events.

Our presentations were met with high interest and encouragement, we may quote the host of the session: "It is obvious that you both put your heart and soul into your products". We are pleased about this accolade for our speakers.