The application of plastics and advanced composites in automotive vehicles has been increasing over decades, with more recent uses being focused primarily on making vehicles more energy-efficient through lightweight engineering, together with providing more durability and design flexibility at a low cost. In automotive design, although plastics have contributed to a multitude of innovations in safety, performance, and fuel efficiency, the industry requires new research and improvement to meet the needs of next-generation vehicles.

Overview With over 70 per cent of the plastics used in modern vehicles coming from four main polymers: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamides, and PVC; the role of plastics and composites in the design and manufacturing of automotive vehicles has never been more essential. Besides, stringent regulations and changing consumer habits are driving demand for more affordable, lightweight, and fuel-efficient vehicles.

The Global Conference on Plastics in Automotive will explore the breadth and depth of the role that plastics plays in vehicle development, with a look at how automotive suppliers will need to respond as the industry changes. Change continues to be a theme in the automotive industry. In this environment, plastics systems and parts suppliers must cope with a quickened development pace and the shifting needs of OEMs and consumers. The conference will explore trends, issues, and opportunities, as well as the latest innovations, in automotive interiors, body panels, powertrain systems, under-the-hood applications and more.

This conference in every sense is unique, as it brings together a large network of automotive leaders from across different departments. Yet, it maintains an intimate, tailored agenda that was designed by the industry for the industry.

Unlike other events, we get to know the industry personally, as we drill down on individual challenges, hopes and dreams. We endeavor to ensure that this meeting provides a platform to inspire, collaborate and network, so together we can challenge what’s possible.


November 23, 2023

09:00 – 09:50
Networking & Registration
09:50 – 09:59
Emcee Announcement
10:00 – 10:05
Lamp Lighting
10:05 – 10:10
Opening Note Ms Nisha Shukla, Assistant Editor B2B Division, Worldwide Media, The Times Group
10:10 – 10:15
Welcome Address by Bill Shukla, Managing Director, Milacron India
10:15 – 10:30
Hall of Fame Felicitations
10:30 – 11:15
Panel Discussion: The Role of Sustainable Materials in Environmental Conservation
11:15 – 11:30
Case Study (Milacron)

Topic: Innovations in Plastic Processing: Milacron’s Leadership in Automotive Solutions

Speaker: Bill Shukla, Managing Director, Milacron India

11:30 – 12:15
Panel discussion: Innovations in Lightweighting Technologies and their Impact on Vehicle Performance
12:15 – 12:30
Case Study (Covestro)

Topic: Circular Design – Materializing the Circular Economy Together    

Speaker: Christopher Stillings, Head of CMF Global, Covestro 

12:30 – 12:45
Triune Exhibitor presentation

Topic: Explore the limitless possibilities with plastics at Plastfocus 2024 exhibition

Speaker: Amit Pendse, Director, PMMAI

12:45 – 13:00
Festival of Manufacturing 2024
13:00 – 13:45
Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:30
Panel discussion: Designing Sustainable and Aesthetically Pleasing Vehicles
14:30 – 15:15
Panel Discussion: Driving Automotive Innovation through Research and Development
15:15 – 16:00
Panel Discussion: Breakthrough Technologies Revolutionizing Plastic Recycling
16:00 – 16:45
Panel Discussion: Plastics for Electric Vehicle Batteries
16:45 – 17:00
Closing Note
*Agenda and timings are subject to change


Sanjay Khare

Vice President –Safety & Sustainability Strategy, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd.

Amit Dakshini

President & Sector Leader – Automotive & Manufacturing Arthur D. Little India and South Asia

Christopher Marsh

Head of Surface Solutions Business Area, ContiTech, Continental, India

Kaushalya Gaonkar

General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Mobility Group in India, Eaton Industrial Systems Pvt Ltd.

R T Gugale

Sr. GM Purchase, Central Purchase, Tata Autocomp Systems Ltd.

Dr. Sandeep Waykole

India Business Director, and Global Program Director, Faurecia Clarion Electronics India Pvt Ltd.

Uday Narang

Chairman, Anglian Omega Group and Omega Seiki Mobility

Divakar Gokhale

Head of Mobility, Indian Sub-continent, Covestro India

Christopher Stillings

Head of CMF Global, Covestro AG

Sunil Koparkar

Managing Director IAC India and Vice President (India, Thailand and Japan ) IAC Group

Amol C Gaikwad

Head Supplier Quality & Supply Chain, Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles

Bill Shukla

Managing Director, Milacron India

Rohit Sawhney

Vice President of Sales, Milacron India


Vice President, TAFE Engineering Plastics Division

Ketan Mehta

Managing Director & CEO, Rays Power Infra & Founder & CEO - HOP Electric Mobility

Satyabrata Das

Senior General Manager, IAC-International Automotive India Pvt Ltd

Vilas Baviskar

Assistant General Manager - Corporate Purchase, Fiat India Automobiles PVT LTD. ( JV of TATA Motors and Stellantis)

Haren Sanghavi

Managing Director of GMS – Plastic Machinery Pvt. Ltd.

Jaiprakash Ramani

Chief Marketing Officer, Supreme Group – Automotive BU

Bhila Sonu Patil

General Manager ( Plastic Tooling), Lumax Industries Limited, Pune

Manish Agarwal

Managing Director, Vrindavan Plastics Industries

Quick Contacts

For Partnerships


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West & North

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