Missie composieten | materialen naar West-Frankrijk 9-11 oktober 2023

The Dutch automotive industry is working to achieve the (European) climate goals.
Applying new, lighter, and circular materials is an important part of this. Many innovations are therefore taking place in this field, now and in the future.
The Western France region (Brittany, Pays de la Loire and Nouvelle Aquitaine) is known for a strong materials cluster, combined with the Automotive and Aviation sectors present.

RAI Automotive Industry NL supports its members who are attracted to the above to innovate and meet international partners for cooperation or trade relations. One of the target countries is France. Therefore, in close cooperation with the Dutch embassy network in France, RAI Automotive Industry NL is organizing an innovation mission to western France.
The French cluster partner ID4Mobility is a co-organizer, and in consultation with RAI Automotive Industry NL and the Embassy Network has put together a compact and attractive program for this mission. This mission will take place from 9 to 11 October.

Participants pay for travel and hotel accommodation themselves; RAI Automotive Industry NL will provide the substantive program and further facilitation.
Local transportation, other organisation related costs, lunches and dinners during the mission are offered from the SMM Program Automotive France, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Provisional program (TBC):

Day 1 – 09/10

  • Flight from Amsterdam to Rennes or train + travel to Lorient by bus
  • Informal opening session: broad picture of the ecosystem in Bretagne by ID4Mobility 
  • Evening unofficial kick-off dinner

Day 2 – 10/10 – Lorient – theme: composites

  • Visit Coriolis + pitch session on composite manufacturing (equipment, moulding, etc.)? 
  • VIsit to Compositic - Université Bretagne Sud + pitch session on recycling and composites 
  • Lunch
  • Presentation by ENSTA 
  • Travel to Rennes
  • Evening Network Dinner in Rennes

Day 3 – 11/10 

Theme: metals and plastics

  • Contitech (rubber / plastic / polymers and recyclability) with some companies on site
  • Stellantis/Excelcar with a pitch session ExcelCar 
  • Matchmaking session during lunch

Companies and institutes we will visit

Coriolis Composites develops, produces and commercializes robotic cells and value-added software for automated composite additive manufacturing.
Its strong expertise in composite technologies allows Coriolis Composites to offer off-the-shelf and tailored solutions to your industry.
20 years of experience in automated fiber placement with over 100 machines in operation across North America, Europe and Asia.
Assisting clients with the development of their projects from a feasibility study through to the start of production process.
Coriolis Composites is also a software editor developing solutions for off-line programming of
automated manufacturing of composite part since 2007.
Coriolis Composites is carrying its own R&D projects to push the limits of its expertise. It also forms partnerships with research centers to build the future of composite as a game changing industrial activity.
Dedicated to your activity to keep your machines perfectly running and to provide efficient
troubleshooting or rapid supply of spare parts.

The Compositic technical centre specialises in the use of innovative composites through the design of automated materials and processes based on robotised fibre placement technology. Using additive processes for fibre and material placement, the aim of the composiTIC technical platform is to initiate research and development programmes on the design and qualification of composite and eco-composite parts with complex shapes, and the industrialisation of their manufacture.
At ComposiTIC, using two methods (FDM - Fuse Deposition Modeling) and (AFP - Automated Fiber Placement), additive manufacturing can be used to design parts for :
- Specific tools used in the aeronautical or automotive industries
- Prototype
- Small production runs (less than 100 parts)
In 3 stages, new materials are designed to manufacture parts with specific properties (mechanical, thermal or magnetic, for example) Three types of innovative materials are designed at ComposiTIC :
- Hybrid metal or ceramic materials
- High-performance materials
- Bio-sourced material
Digital simulation enables mechanical predictions to be made about structures before they are produced.

As a multidisciplinary graduate and postgraduate engineering school and research institute, ENSTA Bretagne delivers training and conducts research activities in high level ICTs (information and communication technologies), mechanical sciences and human sciences.
Situated in Brest, this state establishment works in close relationship with numerous industrial and academic partners in France and abroad. Its activities contribute to innovation in numerous fields of application: the maritime, defense and more generally hi-tech sectors (transport, aerospace, energy, digital technologies, research…).
The IRDL’s thematic research hub "Multi-material assemblies" seeks to develop innovative assembly processes, characterize their long-term strength in harsh environments and develop hybrid techniques.
- Study and optimize assembly processes, by assembling different types of material, treated with new surface preparations.
- Perform in-core instrumentation of assemblies (FGB, QRS, CIN, etc.) and use original experimental devices.
- Develop sizing tools for adhesively-bonded assemblies and factor in the parameters associated with the bonding processes.
- Characterize long-term strength of assemblies in harsh environments.
- Develop hybrid techniques (e.g. weld-bonding) for multi-material structures, to achieve high performance in terms of mechanical characteristics.
- Assembly instrumentation
- Characterizing the multi-physical properties of materials and the long-term behavior of bonded and welded assemblies
- Multiscale modeling of physical phenomena during and after assembly, until failure


ContiTech is one of the world's leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry.
With around 46,000 employees, the company uses its development and material expertise for products and systems made of rubber, polyamide, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. ContiTech also offers functional and design-oriented living solutions and is always searching for customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly answers – going well and truly beyond its roots as a producer of rubber products.
From solid to soft and from elastic to plastic: rubber compounds form the basis of many modern products. In addition to tire compounds, there are also silicone elastomers, fluoroelastomers and many other variants. We are a specialist in the development and manufacture of reliable rubber compounds for high-quality elastomer products, functional parts, components, and systems. Our rubber and silicon compounds are used worldwide in various areas of application. For example, we produce rubber compounds for hoses, rubber-metal products and seals. These are constantly being refined by our chemists and development engineers and thus comply with a wide range of standards.
Our versatile elastomer sheeting – manufactured, for example, using SBR, NR or EPDM – enables us to meet virtually every individual customer requirement. Features include high temperature and media resistance and availability in almost any color and with surface textures ranging from ultra-smooth to highly textured.
We take responsibility for our own product recycling or ensure our products are circular within industry recycling pathways.

EXCELCAR is an Industrial Fablab and an open collaborative innovation platform. The Excelcar platform was founded in 2015, on the initiative of the ID4MOBILITY and players from the industrial and academic ecosystems, to address the problem of underinvestment in innovation at the pre-industrial stage.
Excelcar's mission is to accelerate the transformation of industrial design and production systems, through a global product-process approach and scale 1 resources, on 3 Technologies. A place that brings together resources and skills to accelerate your projects :
• 4.0 THEMES :
- Robots, cobots, automats…
- RFID, digital vision, sensors, NDT
- Multi-purpose gripper systems
- AGVs Operator assistance, augmented or mixed reality
- Virtual prototyping
- Data science tools
- Virtual reality equipment
- Workstations
- Computing clusters.
- Robotic islands,
- Mechanical, EPS and laser technologies,
- Prototyping facilities,
- Characterisation laboratory.

Stellantis is a constellation of 14 iconic automotive brands (Citroen, DS, Fiat, Peugeot..etc) and two mobility arms that are about more than transportation: they’re about moving people and making connections.
As they transform into a sustainable mobility tech company, they are guided by the clear vision of their Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, which paves the way for Stellantis to achieve carbon net zero by 2038 and be second to none in value creation for all stakeholders.
They are leading the charge in electrification and software development, with cutting-edge technologies at the heart of our products and services.
As part of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced plans of reaching 100% of the passenger car battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales mix in Europe and 50% of passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030.
- First Automotive Cells Company (ACC) gigafactory in the Hauts-de-France region to scale up production of high-performance batteries
- ACC was founded by Stellantis and TotalEnergies/Saft in 2020; Mercedes-Benz became partner in 2022
- Stellantis leverages all available battery technologies to enable clean, safe and affordable mobility as it reaches 75 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by end of decade
- Battery Training Center of Douvrin established to foster upskilling and reskilling of current workforce to support Stellantis employees, among others, in career transitions to the ACC facility
As battery chemistries continuously evolve, Stellantis is exploring all technologies to meet the diverse needs of its broad customer base and ensure clean, safe and affordable mobility. Promising innovative solutions like Factorial’s solid-state battery technology and Lyten’s lithium-sulfur batteries may help enable enhanced vehicle performance and customer experience, creating a more sustainable electric vehicle experience for all.

Contact and more information

For more information please contact RAI Automotive Industry NL
Bram Hendrix:  b.hendrix@raivereniging.nl