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Combining business and technology

The Automotive Innovation Forum is a premier automotive industry event globally focused on design, visualization, and manufacturing technology advancement. The event addresses and invites discussion on industry challenges and digital technologies and how they can be leveraged to remain competitive and to ensure a sustainable future.

This forum will run over two days and will bring together senior business leaders and subject matter experts to share their insights, ideas, and expertise on topics such as connectivity, smart mobility, autonomous vehicle technology, collaborative models driving supply chain transformation, green manufacturing and tech for intelligent operations.

Venue: Hilton Munich Airport

Digital technology for a rapidly changing world

We live in a rapidly changing environment and the automotive industry is facing a significant transformation towards mobility. To not only keep up, but to thrive in the mobility world, automotive companies need to innovate even faster to adapt to evolving customer needs, while further digitalizing operations for higher efficiency.

Customer expectations are changing constantly, and traditional operating models make it difficult and costly to scale production of products. With new technologies available, manufacturers must bake more agility into their business.

Innovation streams in 2020

Agile Design Studio
Autodesk’s cutting-edge solutions for mobility vehicle design and visualization support our customers through the entire design process from ideation to realization by offering a suite of tools to capitalize on trends such as VR, photo-realistic rendering, real-time clay modeling, and more.

Agile Product Creation & Processes
Expand your ability to deliver innovative engineering solutions more agile. Let AI powered algorithms simultaneously generate multiple manufacturing-ready solutions based on real-world manufacturing constraints and product performance requirements.

Smart Manufacturing & Digital Factory
From initial production concept development to ongoing operational improvement, Autodesk tools bring the entire production team together to help you plan, build, and manage a highly efficient factory.

Creating a sustainable future

At Autodesk, sustainability is about creating technology that improves energy and material productivity. It’s about supporting innovators through grants, software donations, and training. And it’s about leading by example with our own operations, advancing sustainable business practices, and supporting every employee to make a positive impact. Four ways the automotive industry can become more sustainable:

  • Generative Design

    Image courtesy of General Motors

  • Image courtesy of General Motors

    Green Manufacturing

  • Additive Manufacturing

    Image courtesy of MJK Performance

  • Advanced Materials

The future of the Automotive Industry



    China is not only the largest Automotive market, it is also rapidly building a local automotive industry centered on mobility, in a tightly interwoven ecosystem of car makers, start-ups, electronics, and most importantly, tech companies. This development changes the global competitive landscape between the different regions, as new competition emerges, and opportunities require a higher degree of localization and adaption to local customer base.


    Since mobility is driven by software, apps and consumer technology, traditional manufacturers and their value chain is being disrupted as players from outside the automotive industry try to capture a part of the mobility revenue pool. Both new and existing players need to carefully define where their place in the new industrial order should be.


    On a product level, the growth of (connected) service and shifts in car ownerships result in a shift from merely selling a product to selling an experience. Rather than designing products around clearly defined technical requirements, the challenge is to first identify and then adapt to changes, in the ideal customer experience.


    Finally, the technology underlying vehicles is fundamentally changing, with electrification, autonomy, and connectivity all being pursued at the same time. Not only does this new technology potentially erode competitive advantage built over decades, but it also forces significant investment, which further exacerbates cost pressures all over the automotive industry.

Five great reasons why you should attend!

  • Hear from corporate leaders on how they are optimizing their production lines and supply chain capabilities.

  • Gain insights from leading companies on accelerating circular economy and sustainability practices.

  • Explore business strategies to respond to customers’ expectations of agility, customization, and sustainability.

  • Hear from manufacturing leaders on implementing and scaling up transformationell tech for intelligent operations.

  • Take advantage of the opportunity to network with senior business leaders and subject matter experts.

Become a sponsor

Aligning your organization’s brand with Autodesk is a smart and effective way to engage global audiences and demonstrate expertise and credibility in a neutral environment.

Showcase your products and services to more than 500 senior business leaders and subject matter experts from the automotive industry. We offer all-inclusive packages and benefits for both sponsors and exhibitors.

For more information and to reserve your space today, please contact us.

Guidance for AIF Attendees regarding Coronavirus

As we all work together through the unexpected challenges that have occurred this year, we wanted to provide our visitors, employees and partners with an update on Autodesk’s and the Hilton Hotel's policies and procedures that are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of partners and employees attending the Automotive Innovation Forum (AIF).


Autodesk will continue to monitor the situation and will determine, as we get closer, if we need to make any changes to our events around the globe.



These measures include: 

· With the travel prohibition in, out and within the Greater China Region (GCR), including Taiwan and Hong Kong – attendees from these areas CANNOT attend AIF. If you are registered from these areas, we ask that you cancel your registration and hotel reservation..

· Hand sanitizing stations throughout conference center.

· More frequent cleaning and sanitizing of guest rooms, hotel facilities and public areas.

· Temperature checks for guests and staff as necessary.

· Reminders to hotel staff to practice strict hygiene habits at all times.


For those who want to cancel due to this current situation are welcome to do so, and your AIF fees will be refunded, and no cancellation fees will be incurred.



Just a friendly reminder to how to protect yourself

· Wash your hands frequently: The most effective way of protecting ourselves is to practice good personal hygiene. Regularly wash hands with soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid touching your face if you have not washed your hands with soap as the virus can be transmitted via contaminated hands.

· Wear a surgical mask if you are unwell: Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch. Learn how to wear a surgical mask properly here.

· If you are unwell, seek medical care early: Tell your doctor if you have traveled to an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

Automotive Innovation Forum Team


Please contact the Automotive Innovation Forum Team if you have any questions or need to change your registration.

Phone: +49 89 660799-470
eMail: aif@realize-events.de