Braking technology is an area of renewed focus for the automotive and transportation industries world-wide. The pressure to conserve energy while improving safety and driving pleasure is leading to exciting developments in foundation braking systems from NVH tools and solutions to new materials like carbon ceramic rotors and other lightweight design concepts.
Added to this, advanced integrated chassis control systems increasingly call for sophisticated braking mechatronics, from brake preconditioning to autonomous emergency braking. Meanwhile the trend towards hybridisation and electrification of vehicle powertrains poses major challenges for brake system designers. How to recover the maximum available energy, whilst preserving a natural intuitive feel for the driver? Then there is the important task of engineering effective braking systems for the emerging breed of compact, ultra-low cost vehicles aimed at first-time purchasers in developing markets. How do we think differently to make safe braking affordable for every driver in every market?
These are the challenges which inspired us to create the EuroBrake conference, and the world’s braking community responded enthusiastically.
EuroBrake 2012 in Dresden was a huge success, attracting 675 delegates from 37 countries. With more than 100 technical presentations and 50+ exhibitors, it was the largest dedicated braking conference in the world, bringing together experts from the passenger car, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, rail, aerospace and wider industrial fields. Participating in EuroBrake is your opportunity to connect with a powerful, international network of braking specialists from every corner of the industrial and research communities.
I trust you will find plenty to interest you at EuroBrake 2013 and I look forward to welcoming you in Dresden.
Chairman, EuroBrake 2013