20 - 23 February, 2017
InterContinental Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

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How Automotive Seating is Evolving

This article covers the latest innovations in automotive seating concepts and how the automotive seating industry is getting ready for the future

How Cultural Differences Influence Interior Design

This article examines the main differences between western and eastern car markets, and how automotive interior manufacturers are tailoring seating to fulfill specific cultural preferences



Dipl.-Ing. Christopher Worden, Project Leader Front Seat Structures, and Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Butz, Project Leader Rear Seat Structures, from Adam Opel AG were presenting at last edition of IQPC Innovative Seating Conference in 2015. Read their full presentation about Opel strategy on GM Core Seat Structures and the evolution of CFS and CRS. 

Slim Seat, the new Volvo front seat

Peter Setterberg, Technical Specialist Seats at Volvo Car Corporation, gave a presentation at last edition of IQPC Innovative Seating Conference in 2016 on the topic: "Slim Seat, the new Volvo front seat". Read the full presentation about research and comfort at Volvo here.

Lightweight Seat Accessories

This presentation by Faurecia's Accessories Engineering Manager Philippe Charles evaluates seat accessories' impact on overall weight reduction, and goes through the core methodologies for weight reduction on accessories like the head- and armrests.


Automotive Seat Design to support health and vitalization

“My first fascination is not seeing the seat, but feeling the seat.”

Automotive IQ spoke to Prof. Dr. Peter Vink about the major effects influencing seat design and how to measure and improve comfort. Prof. Vink is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. He is working on interior design (including seats) and the effects on comfort experience, performance and health.

Automotive Seat Design for Whiplash Mitigation

Researchers design car seats that will protect drivers from whiplash the way seatbelts and shoulder harnesses protect you from getting thrown through your car's front windshield. To understand how these seats work, we'll first have to understand what the whiplash problem is. Automotive IQ spoke to David Zuby, Highway Safety Researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Virginia, USA. Download the full interview here!

Interview with FCA's Gabriella Bisci

In this exclusive Q&A with IQPC, Seating 2017 speaker Gabriella Bisci discusses her work in the Ergonomics department at FCA, how balance growing comfort functions and weight reduction, the differences in the European and American car markets, and how these affect functionality and seat design.

Download the interview to learn more about the latest trends in seat design and comfort functionality.

Exclusive Content

Automotive Seating Structures

The automotive seating sector is a hotbed of innovation, with seemingly unlimited ways to improve and develop. The main driving factor as always is the desire to reduce weight, but unlike certain other areas of manufacturing where weight reduction is the only driving force, in seating there are many other factors to consider. These of course, include aesthetics, comfort, space-saving and functionality, but with new technologies coming to the fore, other considerations such as heat control, driver monitoring systems and self-healing/stain resistant fabrics are also very much on the agenda.


Mercedes-Benz: The Seats Of The New S-Class

Through specific modification of the height adjuster, the Chauffeur‘s position on the passenger side is made possible.The noticeably larger footwell is supported by an electric extendable footrest. Interested in learning more about the modular design and innovative solutions for the S-Class Seating? Download the full presentation today!