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 Workshop mobility of the future 

The future of mobility has far-reaching implications for how we will move people and goods. It affects all sectors and has the potential to change current industrial structures, business models and value chains in the long term.


Lightweight materials enable vehicle manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing passenger safety. Battery and fuel cell electric vehicles offer higher energy efficiency, lower emissions and new vehicle concepts and designs. Self-driving vehicles no longer represent scenarios from science fiction films, but are already in the development and testing phase.


The workshop is intended to highlight the opportunities of these developments in the USA, present the challenges of this market and formulate an outlook on further developments in this segment. 

Our speakers

Stefan Erdman

Technical Director, Aluminum Norf GmbH


Stefan Erdmann began his career at Alcan Deutschland GmbH (now Novelis) in 1993 with a course of study in a practical setting. In 1998 he took over the position of assistant to the production manager at the Göttingen plant. Since then he has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Group. Most recently, Stefan Erdmann was Vice President Global Research & Development in Atlanta, USA, where he laid the foundation for Novelis' new research and development strategy with the construction of the new research center. Since 2016, Mr. Erdmann has been the technical director of Aluminum Norf GmbH, the world's largest aluminum rolling mill. Mr. Erdmann is a certified Black Belt and Kaizen project manager.



Dipl.-Ing. MBA Gerhard Pluppins

International Business Development Manager, Ubimax GmbH

After studying medical technology, Mr. Pluppins,  worked in the fields of telecommunications, automotive, smartphone - wearable computing solutions. Mr. Pluppin's area of responsibility includes the development and management of new business areas in the mobile IoT software business.  With a focus on smart glasses and wearable devices, he is currently implementing Industry 4.0, IoT projects  . The implementation of new technologies in the exciting field of digital transformation of companies and their processes are Mr. Pluppin's daily bread. This includes end-to-end IoT system solutions such as pick-by-vision, augmented assembly, remote support applications for smart glasses.

dr Joachim Taiber

Chief Technology Officer, International Transportation Innovation Center 


dr Taiber earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 and a doctorate in technical sciences in 1996 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 1997 he joined the BMW Group and in 2003 became a member of the planning team for a new automotive research campus in South Carolina. He managed the innovation activities of the Information Technology Research Center that was set up there in 2005 for several years. In 2010, Dr. Taiber became a research professor at Clemson University, became a member of the automotive engineering faculty and founded the Institute for Sustainable Mobility in 2011, which he headed until the end of 2015. Since January 2016, Dr. Taiber technical director of the International Transportation Innovation Center.

Frank Leimbach

Division Manager, DEKRA Technology Center, DEKRA Automobil GmbH


Dipl.-Ing. Frank Leimbach studied mechanical engineering at the University of Essen. From 2002 to 2004 he completed his training as an officially recognized expert at RWTÜV in Essen. Since 2006, Mr. Leimbach has been head of the DEKRA Technology Center and is therefore responsible for the Crash Test Center in Neumünster and the Automobile Test Center with the Test Oval at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Mr. Leimbach is chairman of the vFSS working group founded in 2009 – anticipatory front protection systems. Since 2006, Mr. Leimbach has also been the managing director of the KTI in Lohfelden. Mr. Leimbach has been working for CITA as Policy Expert Safety Systems since 2012 and heads WG 1 "Safety Systems". Since 2015, Mr. Leimbach has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Driver Assistance Systems at ATZ.


Martina Stellmaszek

Managing Director, AHK USA-Atlanta


Martina Stellmaszek began working for the German-American Chamber of Commerce in the southern United States in 2004 and has held various positions since then. After initially heading the Consulting Services department from 2008, she was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2010 and took up her current position as Managing Director on March 1, 2012.

Martina Stellmaszek also serves as director of the Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany in Atlanta, which serves as a dynamic platform for its members and the general public in the US to discuss economic, political and social issues affecting the transatlantic relationship._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_

Martina Stellmaszek holds a double degree in business administration from the European School of Business in Reutlingen and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. In May 2011 she received her MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.


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