At the end of May 2023, more than 85 participants gathered in the solar hall of the CFRP NORD Research Center in Stade to discuss the future of vehicle interiors at the “CU Innovation Day: Interiors – Sustainable Materials and New Manufacturing Processes”.This event, hosted by Composite Technology Center / CTC GmbH and organized by our clusters CU Nord and CU West, provided a platform to explore how we can integrate sustainable materials, innovative designs, and new manufacturing processes into modern vehicle interiors while ensuring a balanced approach.

With the growing emphasis on sustainability in the mobility sector, the event shed light on the potential of using bio-based or recycled materials to reduce the ecological impact of components. However, it also highlighted the challenges faced by engineers in maintaining the performance and lightweight design of these components. The key focus of the day was to explore industrially and commercially viable approaches to cabin manufacturing that positively impact the life-cycle of our vehicles.

The event attracted an international audience, with participants from Turkey, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, and France, showcasing the global interest in sustainable interior solutions. The accompanying exhibition featured two remarkable booths from Diab and FITS Technology, providing attendees with insights into cutting-edge technologies and materials.


Dr. Bastian Brenken (Composites United), Marc Fette (CTC) and Dr. Tassilo Witte (CTC) welcome the guests of the Innovation Day


The program included a keynote address by our host, CTC, and seven presentations from key players in the aircraft, ships, and transport industries. These presentations offered valuable insights into the latest trends and innovative solutions for modern interiors. Discussions revolved around the central question: “What does the sustainable cabin of tomorrow look like?” and prioritized aspects such as minimal weight, circularity, and the use of biobased materials.

Participants also had the opportunity to take a tour of the CTC, with a particular focus on cabin activities and ongoing projects. The day concluded with a networking session, providing attendees with a platform to connect, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. It was an excellent opportunity for professionals from various sectors to build meaningful relationships and contribute to the sustainable future of vehicle interiors.

We would like to thank all participants, speakers, exhibitors and our host CTC for making this CU Innovation Day a resounding success. Special thanks to Marc Fette, Dr Tassilo Witte and the entire CTC-Team for the excellent support in organizing the event.

Together, we are shaping the future of sustainable mobility!