Connecting Science & Industry – History of the conference

With a rich history in the field of lightweight construction for automotive body applications, both the Werkstoffsymposium and Future Automotive Production Conference have been at the forefront of advancements in this domain. As early as 2020, the focus of these conferences began to shift towards the concept of closed-loop production and the exploration of sustainable materials. This shift marked a significant turning point in their trajectory, as they sought to address the pressing need for environmentally conscious manufacturing practices. Building on their legacy, in 2022, the two conferences joined forces for the first time under the roof of the MobileLifeCampus (MLC) in Wolfsburg. This collaboration aimed to foster even greater knowledge exchange and collaboration in the pursuit of a circular manufacturing route. Looking ahead to 2024, these conferences will continue to deepen their commitment to sustainability and circularity, coming together more closely under the new label of the Circularity Days.



OHLF – Our Backbone

The conference is based at the OHLF (Open Hybrid Lab Factory), which is a public-private-partnership campus, located in Wolfsburg. Technische Universität Braunschweig, Fraunhofer, and different industrial partners work together on innovative solutions in terms of closed-loop production technologies.

MLC – The Venue

The conference takes place at the MobileLifeCampus in Wolfsburg. The conference takes place from the 15th Till G. 16th of May 2024. On the evening of the first conference day, we welcome you to our evening event at the Phaeno, which is located at Wolfsburg central station.


Our Sponsors

Matplus offers the end-to-end digitization of material information. An interdisciplinary team of materials experts, physicists and computer scientists develops customer solutions with practical added value. Operational and strategic competitive advantages are created by integrating usable data and knowledge across departmental boundaries:
– Matplus EDA® is a scalable integration platform that provides data, information and knowledge on materials across all locations on the intranet – from production to processing to product engineering: simple, open and adaptable.
– JMatPro® is a unique solution for the calculation of material data and material cards for metallic structural materials
– MatGlobe® is a collection of reliable material databases as the basis for in-house knowledge management. To achieve this, Matplus relies on partnerships with recognized institutions.
Matplus supports the design and implementation of cross-company solutions – in the cloud or as a local installation with integration into the system architecture with interfaces to PLM, CAE, ERP.

Mubea is a lightweight specialist in the automotive and aviation industry. We are the market leader in many segments of the spring industry and achieved a remarkable global presence in the past years. Today we realize 2.9 bn € turnover with 14,000 employees worldwide at 50 production, sales and development sites. Mubea’s growth is based on technical innovation strength and the continuous expansion of our customer base. Vertical integration from raw material to end product and expertise in the internal development of products and production processes are particular features of our company. The owner-managed family business from Attendorn in the Sauerland region of North Rhine-Westphalia has been in existence since 1916.