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2nd 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 stay ahead 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.

As leaders in shaping the future of mobility and motion, we understand the importance of cooperation with our customers, partners, and society. Therefore, we have launched the Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour series to turn outstanding ideas into winning products and solutions.

In the inaugural edition of the Innovation Hour series, finalists were given the opportunity to refine their innovative concepts through our Schaeffler Purchasing Innovation Hub. Selected suppliers were further involved in intensive discussions around implementing their solutions into Schaeffler products.

Given the success of the first edition, we are now accepting applications for the 2nd Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour. We invite you to submit your bold ideas that can help shape the future of mobility.

Deadline for applications is October 20, 2021.

Race together with us and pioneer motion.

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?


October 06-20, 2021

Application - Submit your ideas online


October 20-22, 2021

Evaluation - Review of submissions


October 25, 2021

Invitation - Shortlist of applicants for Finale


October 28, 2021

Finale - Event Day


October 29, 2021 onwards

Follow-up 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 jointly hosted by Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer at the Schaeffler Group, 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.

Uwe Wagner

Chief Technology Officer - Schaeffler Group


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 second 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 October 20, 2021

Submission is now closed


The 2nd Automotive Suppliers Innovation Hour will be hosted online on October 28, 2021 from:

  • 20.00 - 21.00h (UTC+8)
  • 14:00 - 15.00h (EST)


  • Welcome Address, Mathias Puetz, Head of Automotive Purchasing and Head of Asia-Pacific Purchasing
  • Impulse Speech: Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer
  • Finale: Breakout Pitch sessions
  • Closing, Dr. Florian Schupp, Head of Purchasing and Supplier Management for Automotive Technologies
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