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Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour 2021
Shaping the future of motion and mobility together

Pioneering motion is about teamwork and partnership

With speed and agility of high-performing teams, we combine our passion for technology and innovation to win the race in finding solutions for global challenges. Motor sports has always been an interest of Schaeffler as the ultimate testimony for our new technologies from internal combustion engines through to all-electric race cars. We want to lead in shaping the future of mobility and motion in cooperation with our customers, partners, and society.

With the launch of the Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour series, we invite you to compete in a race to transform your outstanding ideas into winning products and solutions. The grand finale for the first race is on June 22, 2021. Apply now to pitch your ideas for the race where we are looking for winners to become our future suppliers.

Qualifying for the race – what are we looking for?

Schaeffler pays great attention to identifying upcoming technology trends early and values the great potential offered by our current and new potential suppliers. Through the Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour, we are looking for suppliers who want to test and implement their ideas and products for the automotive industry of tomorrow. We are particularly interested in your ideas in the following areas:

Fuel Cell
Autonomous Drive

Route to the finish line – how does this work?


June 08-15, 2021

Application - Submit your ideas online


June 16-18, 2021

Evaluation - Review of submissions


June 19, 2021

Invitation - Shortlist of applicants for Finale


June 22, 2021

Finale - Event Day


June 23, 2021 onwards

Discussion with selected suppliers

We offer a chance to suppliers with the best ideas by onboarding them into our supplier pool and engaging in deeper discussions.

Who we are – the race ambassadors!

The Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour offers a platform to present your ideas to our Purchasing Leadership team. We offer you an opportunity to present your ideas and innovations in this special event hosted by Schaeffler Brand Ambassador & German Touring Masters Driver Sophia Floersch, who will join Dr. Florian Schupp, Head of Purchasing and Supplier Management for Automotive Technologies, and Mathias Puetz, Head of Automotive Purchasing and Head of Asia-Pacific Purchasing. The platform provides direct access to purchasers, research & development managers, and business owners from Schaeffler.

Sophia Floersch

Schaeffler Brand Ambassador & German Touring Masters Driver

LinkedIn Sophia

Florian Schupp

Head of Purchasing Automotive with experience in purchasing practice and research

LinkedIn Florian

Mathias Puetz

Head of Purchasing & Supplier Management Asia-Pacific with vast international experience in Purchasing

LinkedIn Mathias



Do you have an innovative solution you would like to share with us?

  • Please use our application form to apply for the first Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour. We kindly ask that you submit your contact details as well as a detailed description of your solution.
  • Submissions will close on 6pm EDT on June 15, 2021

Application period 2021 has ended


The 1st Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour will be hosted online on June 22, 2021 from:

  • 16.00-17.00h (UTC+8) and 10.00-11.00h (CET)
  • 11:00-12.00h (EST) and 17.00-18.00h (CET)


  • Welcome Address, Mathias Puetz, Head of Automotive Purchasing and Head of Asia-Pacific Purchasing
  • Live session with Sophia Floersch, Schaeffler-Brand Ambassador & DTM Driver, hosted by Soeren Zinner, Director for Corporate Sponsoring & Merchandise
  • Finale: Breakout Pitch sessions
  • Closing, Dr. Florian Schupp, Head of Purchasing and Supplier Management for Automotive Technologies

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