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Webasto Supplier
Innovation Award

Innovation has been a key value of Webasto's corporate development ever since the company was founded. With a keen sense of trends, a deep understanding of the requirements of the automotive industry and a high level of development expertise, Webasto is always one step ahead of the competition. The automotive industry is in the middle of a profound transformation. Topics such as electrification of the powertrain, autonomous driving, digitalization in production and new ways of working are more present than ever and pose major challenges for both manufacturers and suppliers. However, we at Webasto see the big potential of these developments.

We want to tackle those
challenges with you!

Invitation Webasto Supplier Innovation Award 2022 - Yanni van Roy-Jiang

Webasto pursues a dual strategy of strengthening its core business with roofs and heaters as well as expanding its business fields around electromobility. In doing so, we are always looking for new ideas of optimizing our technologies, products and processes in order to shape the future of mobility. With this initiative, we would like to bring suppliers together with experts at Webasto and promote joint developments.

For this purpose, we invite you to apply for the first Webasto Supplier Innovation Award including the chance to win a ticket to our Supplier Day 2022 and inspire the world of mobility with us.

Invitation Webasto Supplier Innovation Award 2022 - Yanni van Roy-Jiang

Are you specialized in the
following areas?

Core material & manufacturing processes

Do you have expertise in the field of lightweight designs, automotive production materials, alternative & sustainable materials, packaging-optimization, and innovative mechanical concepts? Then we need to talk!

Design elements

Are you developing visually and haptically appealing products, like covers, housings or do you have expertise in lighting systems, glazing technologies or technical textiles, that inspires customers or end-users? Then we need to talk!

Electronics & mechatronics

Do you develop sensors and auxiliaries for autonomous driving, materials with electromagnetic compatibility, safety & cybersecurity solutions, contacting systems or digital services? Then we need to talk!

Smart factory

Digital transformation is a core element in our daily business life. Are you developing software for virtual commissioning, data analytics or intelligent maintenance solutions? Then we need to talk!

Core material & manufacturing processes

Webasto is continuously optimizing its products using cutting-edge materials and equipment thereby countering the increasingly demanding challenges being posed by the automotive industry. Key areas in which we search for innovative solutions are lightweight, alternative production materials, sustainable materials, packaging optimization & innovative mechanical concepts, safety, and comfort.

  • Light weight
  • Innovative Materials
  • Sealing Technologies
  • Safety
  • Packaging
  • Thermal Comfort
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Light weight

Light weight

Alternative materials or manufacturing processes that enable light weight concepts, e.g. for

  • Battery housings
     
  • Frames for Roof systems
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Innovative Materials

Innovative Materials

Materials / coatings and Technologies for integrating or enhancing functions into components, and also sustainable materials or composites across Webasto products

  • Charging
     
  • Roof
     
  • Heating
     
  • Batteries
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Sealing Technologies

Sealing Technologies

Cutting-edge adhesives, gap-fillers and sealing processes that ensure an efficient leakproof system for our products, like

  • Batteries
     
  • Heating systems
     
  • But also addressing NVH topics
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Safety

Safety

Technologies that enable a significant contribution to the production of and safe products across the whole Webasto portfolio.

Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Packaging

Packaging

Innovative mechanical mechanisms and materials that enable space-optimized concepts, e.g. for

  • Roof systems
     
  • Convertibles
     
  • Battery systems
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Core Materials and Processes - Thermal Comfort

Thermal Comfort

Innovative Technologies and Materials / coatings that improve passenger thermal comfort while increasing the overall system efficiency.

Submit your application

Design elements & optical appearance

When shaping the mobility of the future, Webasto thinks far beyond the next generations of vehicles and sets technological standards, even for the megatrends of tomorrow and requirements of our end customers. With ambient lighting, switchable glazing and shading solutions we create a unique customer experience inside the passenger compartment. Seamless integration of sensors, cameras, lights & antennas into roof systems ensures an optically attractive solution for autonomous vehicles. For our charging customers we can offer individual covers or custom designed housings. Key areas in which we search for innovative solutions are alternative and sustainable Materials for covers and housings, lighting solutions, coatings & glazings and advanced textiles.

  • Alternative Materials
  • Lightning & Comfort
  • Coatings & Glazings
  • Covers & Housings
  • Advanced Textiles
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Design Elements & optical appearance - Alternative Materials

Alternative Materials

Innovative Materials and manufacturing processes that improve user-centric designs such as smart and sustainable covers for Charging Solutions.

Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Design Elements & optical appearance - Lightning & Comfort

Lightning & Comfort

Cutting-edge ambient light technologies and integrable functions to enhance passenger well-being and create a pleasant atmosphere.

Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Design Elements & optical appearance - Coating & Glazings

Coatings and Glazings

High Tech coatings and glazings for advanced sunroof glass solutions to create a comfortable athomsphere, while saving preciuos headroom.

Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Design Elements & optical appearance - Covers & Housings

Covers & Housings

Innovative Materials and manufacturing capabilities for a seamless integration of Sensors and auxiliaries, like

  • Webasto’s Roof Sensor Module
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Design Elements & optical appearance - Advanced Textiles

Advanced Textiles

Alternative and Innovative Materials for textile applications, like

  • Roof System rollerblinds
     
  • Soft-top convertibles
Submit your application

Electronics & mechatronics

A particular strength is Webasto’s ability to incorporate our comprehensive electronic and mechatronic expertise into development and production. For our roof systems, heating systems, battery systems and charging solutions – ECUs are the brains operating in the background. Key areas we are looking for innovative solutions are ADAS sensors & cleaning systems, electromagnetic compatibility, safety & cybersecurity, energy management, contacting systems and digital services & connectivity.

  • ADAS Sensors & Cleaning
  • EM Compatibility
  • Safety & Cybersecurity
  • Energy & Power Management
  • Contacting Systems
  • Digital Services
Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - ADAS Sensors and Cleaning

ADAS Sensors & Cleaning

Innovative Technologies that enrich Webasto’s autonomous driving solutions, e.g. Roof Sensor module with integrated sensors and related thermo and cleaning systems.

Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - Em Compatibility

EM Compatibility

Improved EMC performance, shielding materials, sealing technologies for High Voltage applications like

  • Batteries
     
  • Charging
     
  • Heating Systems
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - Safety & Cybersecurity

    Safety & Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity solutions for Charging and digital factory.

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - Energy & Power Management

    Energy & Power Management

    Innovative approaches for Battery Management systems (e.g. algorithms), or smart charging solutions: load management & Photovoltaic integration, bi-directional (V2X) charging.

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - Contacting Systems

    Contacting Systems

    Flexible contacting systems and solutions to reduce wire harness and innovative Isolation solutions.

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Electronics and Mechatronics - Digital Services / New Business Models

    Digital Services & new Business Models

    Innovative digital solutions, to increase end-customer centric charging experiences (E-Commerce platforms, Billing, Invoicing, Subscription Models, fleet managers (e.g. tour planning) and Thermal comfort applications.

    Submit your application

    Smart Factory

    Digital transformation is a journey, and it is part of our daily business. So, smart factory is a major topic at Webasto, thus new inspirations and fresh ideas are highly welcome. Focus areas that we are looking for are virtual commissioning, data analytics and smart maintenance solutions.

    • Virtual commissioning
    • Data analytics
    • Smart Maintenance
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Digital / Smart Factory - Virtual commissioning

    Virtual commissioning

    Virtual Commissioning of our Assembly Lines as part of our Digital Factory approach based on Siemens Plant and Process Simulator.

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Digital / Smart Factory - Data Analytics

    Data analytics

    Data Analytics to improve the OEE. Utilizing machine and process data to detect hidden anomalies and to improve our production processes. One special focus area is online and real time monitoring.

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Digital / Smart Factory - Smart Maintenance

    Smart Maintenance

    Smart Maintenance solutions to improve equipment availability and improve the efficiency of maintenance activities like mobile solutions.

    Submit your application

    What´s in it for you?

    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award - Whats in for Suppliers

    Suppliers are important business partners for us. Together, we drive the further development of Webasto. We value the impetus for products, solutions and processes that we receive from our suppliers in the course of our collaboration. The Webasto Supplier Innovation Award 2022 is a digital scouting event concept that offers suppliers the opportunity to present ideas and new solutions directly to decision makers within Webasto across all our divisions.

    By submitting your ideas, product innovations and process improvements you will get the chance to personally attend the Webasto International Supplier Day 2022. During this event you will get a comprehensive understanding of Webasto’s products and get valuable insights into our future needs and search fields. Furthermore, you will get the chance for deeper discussions and eventually become a part of Webasto’s supplier pool by giving you direct access to purchasers, research & development managers, and business owners. Let’s futurize together!

    Route to your Ticket

    Convince us of your innovative solution and apply for a ticket. The submission is possible until 31th of May 2022. Don't miss the chance to be part of the Webasto International Supplier Day in October 2022. We are looking forward to talk to you!

    • April 26 - May 31, 2022 Application

      Submit your ideas online - please provide your ideas to our four innovation fields: Core Material, Design Elements, Electronics/Mechatronics and Smart/Digital Factory.

    • June 01 - June 10, 2022 Evaluation

      Expert review of submissions - our Webasto Experts review and evaluation of submitted ideas.

    • June 14, 2022 Nomination

      Information to the applicants - we inform best applicants to prepare a deep dive and presentation of submitted ideas.

    • July 4 - July 8, 2022 Pitch your solution

      Virtual Pitch Event with Webasto´s ambassadors - best applicants to be invited to present their ideas virtually in front of Webasto Management.

    • Until end of July, 2022 Invitations to Supplier Day

      Send out the invitations to winners - suppliers with awarded innovation ideas to be invited to our Supplier Day.

    • October 19, 2022 Supplier Day Participation

      Get deeper insights to our innovation search fields - learn more about Webasto, our products and innovation fields.

    Submit your application

    Ambassadors

    Our ambassadors are business owners and experienced experts in the market. In our virtual pitch rounds you have the opportunity to present your innovative solution to the Webasto management.

    Yanni von Roy-Jiang

    Yanni von Roy-Jiang

    Executive Vice President of
    Purchasing

    Curriculum Vitae
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award Ambassador - Yanni von Roy-Jiang EVP Purchasing Webasto SE

    • 2002 – 2006: Master of Business Administration (Augsburg University)

    • 2006: Diplomand (Bosch Power Tools)

    • 2009 - 2011: Controller Region Asia (Webasto)

    • 2011 - 2014: Chief Financial Officer (Webasto China)

    • 2014 - 2020: Vice President Finance & Controlling (Webasto Group)

    • Since 2020: Executive Vice President Purchasing & Supplier Quality (Webasto Group)
    Alois Juchem

    Alois Juchem

    Executive Vice President of Research & Development

    Curriculum Vitae
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award Ambassador - Alois Juchem EVP of Research & Development, PM

    • Mechanical Engineering at FH (technical college) Trier

    • 2002 - 2007: Lead driver unit (Autoliv B.V & Co. KG)

    • 2007 - 2010: Department head project management Autoliv site (Autoliv B.V & Co. KG)

    • 2010 - 2011: Technical lead Autoliv site (Autoliv B.V & Co. KG)

    • 2011 - 2016: Development Leader Airbag (Autoliv B.V & Co. KG)

    • 2016 - 2018: Vice President R&D, PM Europe (Webasto)

    • Since 2018: Executive Vice President R&D, PM (Webasto Group)
    Peter Arp

    Peter Arp

    Executive Vice President of
    Operations

    Curriculum Vitae
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award Ambassador - Peter Arp Executive Vice President Operations

    • 1986 - 1992: Graduate engineer mechanical engineering (TU)

    • 1992 - 2002: Vice President Division Composites (Peguform GmbH)

    • 2003 - 2007: Operations / R&D Director Customer Division Volkswagen Group (Faurecia)

    • 2007 - 2008: Vice President Operations Group - COO (Stankiewicz)

    • 2008 - 2010: Chief Operating Officer & Vice President Europe (Acument Global Technologies)

    • 2011 - 2015: Vice President Operations Europe (Johnson Controls Automotive Seating)

    • Since 2015: Executive Vice President Operations (Webasto Group)
    Massimo Lorenzini

    Massimo Lorenzini

    Director Purchasing & Supplier Quality Heating Systems

    Curriculum Vitae
    Webasto Supplier Innovation Award Ambassador - Massimo Lorenzini Director Purchasing & Supplier Quality Heating Systems

    • 2007 - 2009: Bachelor Professional for technical management

    • 2002 - 2007: Program and Core Commodity Buyer Sealings (Webasto Group)

    • 2007 - 2008: Teamlead PUR McLaren P11Cabrio (Webasto Group)

    • 2008 - 2010: Lead Buyer Milled parts & Castings (Hoerbiger Automotive)

    • 2010 - 2013: Global Purchasing Manager Aluminum (Webasto Group)

    • 2013 - 2017: Head of Commodity Purchasing Metals EU (Webasto Group)

    • 2017 - 2019: Global Commodity Manager Metals (Webasto Group)

    • Since 2019: Director Purchasing & Supplier Quality Heating Systems (Webasto Group)

    Your Submission

    What does a good submission / application look like?

    Description of your innovation and a short explanation of how this might fit to Webasto’s area of Interests.

    Showcase Proof of Concepts that underline the technical readiness of your innovative solution.

    Add pictures, documents, sketches, etc. to your application, because visuals speak louder than words.

    FAQ

    Do you have questions about the Webasto Supplier Innovation Award? Read through our FAQs. Here we have listed the most frequently asked questions and answers. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at supplier-day@webasto.com.

    • The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2022.

    • All suppliers and companies that already work with Webasto and would like to present their new innovative ideas / fields. And also suppliers who would like to cooperate with Webasto in the future.

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