Magna Exteriors brings together design, materials science and technology to help its customers boldly imagine and create the car of the future. A leader in lightweighting and composites, Magna researches, develops and implements new materials to help automakers lower emissions and improve fuel economy without sacrificing styling and performance.
This expertise is evident in several market-leading innovations, such as a carbon fiber hood, a visible active grille shutter, a carbon fiber grille opening reinforcement, a plastic skid plate with a silver metallic look and many more; all of which won innovation awards from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). These examples have been implemented for high-volume, production programs across the world and represent Magna’s constant drive to innovate and its strong partnerships with auto manufacturers worldwide.
Magna is also investigating new applications for lightweight materials throughout the vehicle, including the current development of a carbon fiber subframe that weighs 34 percent less than a steel subframe.
The Magna Exteriors portfolio of products includes access systems such as liftgates, exterior trim, modular systems, front-end modules including fascia, active aerodynamic systems and other lightweight structural components for automotive, commercial truck and other industrial markets.
No matter what the car of the future looks like, whether it has a driver or not, it will most certainly have an exterior, and Magna innovation will lead the way.View website
Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets.
Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media and entertainment industries – including the last 19 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualise, and simulate their ideas before they’re built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look.
Through our apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android we’re also making design technology accessible to professional designers and amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators – anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.View website
BASF is the world’s leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry. With the most extensive chemical product portfolio in the industry, BASF develops chemistry-driven innovation for efficient lightweight construction, electromobility, lower emissions and greater design freedom.
At BASF, we don’t do design, but we do help to make design projects even more successful with the right material. We bridge the gap between the creative ideas of the designers and the possibilities but also the limits of materials. BASF’s design consultation centre, designfabrik®, offers support in every phase of the design process that extends beyond the selection of material to component design, the right processing methods as well as the choice of surfaces and colours.View website
CH-Auto is a professional automotive R&D service company, founded in August 2003 in Beijing. CH-Auto provides customers worldwide with automobile design development and engineering services. Furthermore, CH-Auto provides other services such as competitive benchmarking, show cars, electric cars and electric car products. To date, CH-Auto serves more than 30 renowned automotive manufacturers in China and abroad. And we have undertaken more than 40 complete vehicle and improvement modification projects on a variety of passenger cars, SUV, MPV, roadsters and pickup trucks. Our success is evidenced by the many well-known and popular vehicles in the market.View website
Changan Europe was formally incorporated in Turin, Italy, in 2006. It is a subsidiary wholly owned by Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., Ltd. (hereinafter Changan Automobile). It is also the first overseas R&D subsidiary set up by Changan Automobile, then Changan Japan, Changan England as well as Changan America R&D centres have subsequently been established. Changan Europe has become Changan Automobile’s research and development backbone.
Changan Automobile began operating in Italy in 2003. It integrated the sophisticated local vehicle design resources and cultivated and developed its own international design R&D team. Changan Europe’s permanent base, the studio, was put into formal operation in 2012. The aim of Changan Europe is to build up a complete car design centre, covering the activities such as advanced design, product design, surface modelling (CAS), modelling, design engineering and the management of the whole design process.
Changan Europe concentrates on building a Chinese-brand, talent- gathering hot-spot, with around 200 employees from 21 nations, including those come from traditional European manufacturers such as VW, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Ford, and more. At the same time, Changan Europe works hard to retain and train its workforce and has established good relationships with the global top design and engineering schools and institutes such as Pforzheim in Germany, the RCA in UK, Strate in France, IAAD and Politecnico in Italy, UMEA in Sweden as well as CCS in the USA.
Since 2003, Changan Europe and Changan Automobile other R&D teams worldwide have worked together to create classic products such as Benni, CS35, Eeado series, Alsvin V7, CS75, and more. In 2015, Changan Automobile became the leading brand in China for its annual production and sales over 1 million vehicles. Furthermore, various concept cars like the CS95 and Raeton CC, designed by Changan Europe, have won praise around the world with their stunning debuts at Frankfurt, Beijing and the Shanghai motor shows. CS95 CC was also invited to be on exhibition together with world famous classic cars at the Turin Automobile Museum – one of the largest automobile museums in the world.View website
Dinamica is the Italian ecological suede made of recycled polyester with an innovative water-based manufacturing process in which no harmful chemical solvents are used. In 2012 we obtained EPD certification, the most advanced Environmental Product Declaration, for our automotive product line.
Dinamica is unique and takes you into a realm which is exclusive, elegant, beautiful, charming and one which elicits pure emotions. We are passionate about excellence and produce recyclable microfibers that are environmentally friendly to the highest standards.
Dinamica is perfect for seats and backrests, as well as for panels, roof lining and door interiors.View website
Established in 1986, Geely has complete vehicle manufacturing in multiple sites across China producing more than 30 models. We have reached many milestones, and won multiple awards as we continue to strive towards a bigger global footprint. Our acquisition and tie up with Volvo and London Taxis have evidences this commitment to growth. As does the establishment of four design centres around the world which have attracted international and local talent ranging from experienced professionals to new graduates.View website
Hyundai is the biggest car company in South Korea. Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centres worldwide and, in 2016, sold 4.86 million vehicles globally. The company employs more than 110,000 people worldwide. Since its entry into Chinese market in 2001, Hyundai Motor group has built 61 corporate enterprises and 28 representative offices with a total investment of 13 billion 600 million US dollars.View website
Founded in early 2010, ICONA brings together some of the best international design, engineering, modelling and prototyping experience in the automotive sector for the benefit of its customers all over the world.
Created in response to the increasing demand for high-quality design projects, ICONA is unique among European design studios because the entire design team is permanently based in Shanghai, Turin and in Los Angeles, close to the customers’ locations.
In the past seven years, ICONA has grown to be a world leading automotive design company. With the establishment of branches in Turin and Los Angeles in 2016, ICONA now provides a more comprehensive and international service to our customers and has become the world’s first automotive design company that covers Asia, Europe and America.View website
JAC was founded in 1964 and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (600418) in 2001.
JAC is a comprehensive automaker with a full-line of independent brand vehicles in China, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, MPVs, SRVs, sedans and buses. We also produce bus chassis, engineering machinery, engines and gearboxes. JAC has achieved an annual production capacity today of over 800,000 units and is in the top 10 of the Chinese auto industry.
JAC owns a national-level R&D Center in Hefei and opened China’s first overseas R&D Center in Turin, Italy, in 2005, and a second in Tokyo, Japan, in 2006. JAC is dedicated to strict quality control and constant management improvement. In 2006, JAC was awarded the “Recommended Brand for Export” and the “Most Competitive Brand in Market”.View website
Kinetic Will Associates (KWA) provides a full A-to-Z creative design service to a range of well-know auto industry clients. Since 2007, KWA’s experts have worked on styling, digital modelling, physical modelling, engineering, prototyping and more of both show cars and production cars for a host of carmakers.
We believe that everything is possible, and use our experience of more than 10 years to think beyond the normal and challenge the expectations of the automotive industry.View website
About Nissan in China
Nissan came to China in 1973, and the brand has developed rapidly in China since the 1990s. As the wholly owned subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. based in Beijing, Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (NCIC) manages Nissan’s investment in China together with the parent company. Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. (DFL) is a joint-venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Corporation. Under it, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) mainly produces passenger vehicles, while Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd. (ZNA) specialises in light commercial vehicles. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold 1.25 million vehicles in China.
Nissan Design China
Nissan Design China is one of Nissan’s four global design studios, and is responsible for the design and development of both concept cars and production vehicles for the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Here the inspiration and creativity of Chinese designers are utilised to deliver attractive and innovative designs to China, Asian countries, and worldwide markets as well.View website
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The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and commercial vehicles and the largest carmaker in Europe. With its future programme “TOGETHER-Strategy 2025” the Group is laying the foundations for becoming a global leader of sustainable mobility.
In parallel with this the Group is expanding its design and creative reach in China. Alongside the two joint venture design studios of SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai (around 80 employees) and FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun (around 50 employees) later this Year the Group will open the “Future Center Asia” in Beijing.
The Future Center will house a cross-functional team of 50 creatives in a think tank environment developing future designs, advanced user experience concepts and disruptive business models.View website
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centres in 20 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. It designs, develops and manufactures interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating.
For more information, please visit www.YFAI.com.View website
Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a world leader in art and design education and prepares students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.
Students in the undergraduate program can major in Advertising, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. Students in the MFA program can major in Color & Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design.
In the early 1980s, Bose engineers created the world’s first factory-installed premium automotive sound systems. Unlike conventional or aftermarket automotive systems, Bose systems were designed and tuned for a specific vehicle – and changed the industry.
Since then, Bose has developed proprietary speaker designs, advanced amplification and signal processing technologies, exclusive analysis and design tools, and technology for managing engine and powertrain sounds inside vehicles – all based on a heritage of research and engineering.
Today, Bose automotive sound systems are recognized globally as the industry benchmark for performance and customer satisfaction, validated by independent research that rates Bose as the top choice among car consumers in multiple global regions. For more information, visit BoseAutomotive.com.View website