Welcome Note from Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy for the CTI Young Drive Expert AwardThe automotive industry is of outstanding importance for the entire German economy. It is synonymous with advance in technology and therefore high-quality products and secure employment. This applies to the big car makers as well as to suppliers, among them many small and medium-sized enterprises. Due to the complete value chain in particular, the German automotive industry is well positioned in the international market, so the worldwide turnover reached a new peak in the last year.
In light of fundamental changes, it is now important for the German automotive industry to stand their ground: at the global climate conference in Paris in December 2015, the nations agreed on a concrete and verifiable plan to limit the climate change. In this regard, the transport sector also has to contribute to reaching the climate goals, which will only be possible with low-emission and increasingly electrified vehicles.
The German federal government put together a market incentive package as a political signal of a new beginning for electromobility. This is of great importance in terms of industrial policy, but it is only the beginning and only temporary. The future of the automotive industry depends on innovative research and development and therefore on young scientists. Some of them will now receive the CTI Young Drive Expert Award.
In the long term, we need electrified vehicles based on batteries and hydrogen cells. In the transition phase, a variety of drive concepts will play a significant role, including efficient and clean petrol and diesel engines in addition to natural gas engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The 15th CTI Symposium is again an excellent forum for international experts to exchange opinions and discuss questions about the future of the automotive industry. The conference focuses on topics concerning vehicle transmissions, HEV and EV drives.
The CTI Young Drive Expert Award is awarded for the 8th time now and offers great opportunities to young researchers from all disciplines. They can present their innovative research results to a broad expert audience and the winners can look forward to attractive prize money.
I wish the participants a very fruitful and productive meeting and every success in the competition for the best ideas.
Sigmar GabrielUnder the patronage of:
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy