HEAVY-DUTY Diesel emissions control symposium

Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions
Control Symposium

16-17 October 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden Register now


The Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Symposium (HDDEC) will present the very latest trends in global emissions control legislation, the implications of these regulations on engine and after treatment technology. Expert speakers from around the world will share their views on incoming advances in combustion engineering and exhaust after treatment catalysts and systems.

Organising Committee

SAE International would like to thank the Organising Committee for their support and dedication.

Nitin Patel

Director at Global Truck Technologies (GTT), AB Volvo

Nitin Patel has worked within Volvo Group for over 38 years on a very wide range of automotive and engine research and development projects. He is managing a department developing high efficient Combustion engines for Volvo Group products.

The department is responsible for developing, Combustion systems, Exhaust After Treatment Systems, Fuel Injection systems, Air & gas systems, as well as performing engine system analysis and simulations. The unit is involved in development work from early advanced engineering phases throughout the whole development process.

Prior to this role Nitin Patel worked in Volvo Cars for 29 years with many different engine and exhaust after treatment areas.


Dr. Stefan Fischer

Vice President of NGK Europe GmbH

Stefan Fischer has been with NGK since 2005 and is responsible for the HDV and Non-Road business for Particulate Filters and catalyst substrates, as well as for NGK´s sensor business.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Fischer was working in different functions at Siemens Catalyst Division and Bosch Central Research Division.

He has a Diploma in chemistry, PhD study on metal oxide surfaces for catalysts and gas sensor applications at the Center of Surface Science at the University of Tuebingen.


Gudmund Smedler


Gudmund Smedler was awarded his PhD degree in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1988.

After six years within the Volvo Group, 1988-1993, where he held various specialist and management positions within the fields of combustion and emissions, he worked for Johnson Matthey where he was in charge of diesel emission control product development between 1994 and 1996.

Following two years at Chalmers University of Technology , he assumed the position as managing director for the Swedish powertrain engineering consultancy MTC, and later as vice president of AVL-MTC, after the acquisition of MTC by AVL List Gmbh.

After re-joining Johnson Matthey in 2005, Gudmund Smedler has held various technology management positions, and is now a Global Key Account Director.


David Bergeal


David graduated in Fine Chemistry & Chemical Engineering from INSA Rouen, France and in Applied Chemical Engineering from IFP School Paris, France.

David has over 17 years’ experience with Johnson Matthey. He has worked in a variety of Technical Specialist and Management roles in the field of modelling and aftertreatment Applications for Johnson Matthey Clean Air Sector.

David is currently Diesel Applications Manager – Europe for Johnson Matthey’s Clean Air Sector.


Adolf Schaefer

Senior Technical Manager HCV & NRMM Engineering at NGK EUROPE

Dr. Adolf Schaefer-Sindlinger has been working for NGK Europe since 2002 in various functions and is currently the Senior Technical Manager for HCV & NRMM Engineering.

Prior his current position he was the Head of Product Management for Commercial Vehicles and Non-road Heavy Commercial Vehicles.

He is also holding a Diploma in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Frankfurt, along with a PhD from the University of Technology Munich.

He has as well, about 39 publications, 21 patents and 30 presentations in the field of inorganic chemistry, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis and exhaust gas emission control (alternative fuels, diesel emission control, SCR, DPF).



Technical Presentations

Hear from inspiring industry experts about the latest innovations to achieve higher heavy duty diesel emission control efficiencies.

Training Course

Deep dive into the most up-to-date industry topics and deepen your knowledge.

Networking Reception and Technical Tours

Mingle with your peers and boost your professional network.

14:00 – 18:00 Event Registration
14:00 Technical Tour: Volvo Museum Tour
14:00 Technical Tour: Volvo PE Engine Lab
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 9:30 Keynote Presentation
09:30 - 10:30 Technical Session: Legislation
10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break with Exhibits
11:00 - 12:30 Technical Session: How Companies are Developing Technolgies to Meet RDE Legislation?
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch with Exhibits
14:00 - 14:30 Panel Q&A: Legislation & RDE
14:30 - 15:30 Technical Session: Emerging Markets
15:30 - 16:00 Networking Break with Exhibits
16:00 - 17:30 Technical Session: Engine Developments
17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception with Exhibits (Sponsored by: Johnson Matthey, NGK, Volvo and with the Support of The City of Gothenburg)
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome and Announcements
9:00 - 10:30 Technical Session: Catalyst & Substrate Developments - On & O Road
10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break with Exhibits
11:00 - 12:00 Technical Session: Powertrain Strategies and Future Devlopments
12:00 - 13:30 Networking Lunch with Exhibits
13:30 - 14:30 Technical Session: Alternative Fuel and Powertrains
14:30 - 15:30 Panel Discussion
15:30 Conclusion of Symposium
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Networking Reception with Exhibits (Sponsored by: Johnson Matthey, NGK, Volvo and with the Support of The City of Gothenburg)



Early bird

until 27 June 2018
Member €1.050 Non-member €1.450


until 12 October 2018
Member €1.250 Non-member €1.650


as of 13 October 2018
Member €1.350 Non-member €1.750
All fees are subject to 25% VAT Register now
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Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation, written notification must be sent by email to  EUevents@sae.org. The following cancellation fees will apply:

  • Cancellations received up to 27 June 2018: Full refund minus a €100 administration fee
  • Cancellations received as of 28 June 2018 or no-shows: No refund

Payment policy

The fee includes :

  • Access to the Technical Sessions
  • Access to the Exhibition area
  • Lunch and coffee breaks during the event
  • Welcome Reception on 16 October
  • Conference materials

Payement information

All costs referred to are in EUR and all payments must be made in EUR. During the online registration process, payments by major credit cards (American Express, VISA and MasterCard) are accepted.

Payment must be received prior to the conference. Attendees with outstanding payments will be asked for a proof of payment or payment onsite. If one of these cannot be provided, the attendee may be refused permission to attend the conference. Please note that SAE International – Europe does not accept registration fee payments by check.

Please make payments by bank transfer to the following bank account :

Account Holder :

MCI BENELUX S.A, Boulevard du Souverain 280, 1160 Brussels, Belgium

Bank Details :

ING Auderghem – Souverain, Boulevard du Souverain 230, 1160 Brussels, Belgium
Account N°: 363-1515963-87
IBAN: BE67 3631 5159 6387

Payments by bank transfer are accepted until 25 September 2018. After this date, only credit card payments can be processed through our online platform.

Registration Assistance

For assistance with registration, please contact:
SAE International – Europe
Tel: +32 (0)2 789 23 44
E-mail: EUevents@sae.org



The organisers are not liable for any loss, injury or damage resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you or any third party during the event. The attendance fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the trip to Spain.


Payment information

Please make payments by bank transfer to the following bank account :

Account Holder :

MCI BENELUX S.A, Boulevard du Souverain 280, 1160 Brussels, Belgium

Bank Details :

ING Auderghem – Souverain, Boulevard du Souverain 230, 1160 Brussels, Belgium
Account N°: 363-1515963-87
IBAN: BE67 3631 5159 6387

Payments by bank transfer are accepted until 25 September 2018. After this date, only credit card payments can be processed through our online platform.


Training course

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) for Diesel Engines 18-19 October 2018
Instructor: Magdi Khair
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Advanced Diesel Particulate Filtration Systems 18-19 October 2018
Instructor : Dr. Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos and Dr. Mansour Masoudi
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Event attendee

Member €990 Non-member €1.080

Not attending event

Member €1100 Non-member €1200

Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

Expand your reach in the industry

Use this valuable platform which unites automotive and commercial vehicle experts from around the world to put your company ahead of the competition. Whether your goal is to launch a new product, differentiate yourself from competitors, engage with your target audience, increase brand awareness or simply boost your annual market sales, you can’t afford to miss out on connecting with this targeted community including dozens of the industry’s key decision makers.

Silver sponsors

Platinum sponsor

Gold sponsors



NGK EUROPE GmbH is a subsidiary of the leading ceramic technology company NGK INSULATORS LTD., located in Nagoya, Japan. The company deals with the local business in Europe and supplies all major automobile manufacturers with high-performance components for emission control systems.

The sales and product management departments operate in close co-operation between customers and our development center in Japan for both general and customer-specific solutions.

Website link : http://www.ngk.co.jp/english/about/division/index.html

Volvo group


The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. We also provide complete solutions for financing and service.

By developing and delivering products and services under different brands, we can address many different customer and market segments in mature as well as growth markets.

We are close to 100 000 colleagues. Our industrial footprint includes product development and manufacturing or assembly plants in more than 18 countries and we sell our products in more than 190 markets.

It is our vision to be the most desired and successful transport solution provider in the world.

Johnson Matthey


As a global leader in sustainable technologies, Johnson Matthey applies cutting-edge science to create solutions with customers that make a real difference to the world around us.

Johnson Matthey has been a leader in its field for more than 200 years, applying unrivalled scientific expertise to enable cleaner air, improved health and the more efficient use of our planet’s natural resources.

And their story doesn’t end there. Through continued investment in sound research and development, JM is tackling the world’s big challenges into its third century and beyond.

Venue & accommodation

Quality Hotel 11

Quality Hotel 11 is a full service conference hotel located at the waterfront in the heart of Gothenburg. Situated in the harbor district with its charming scenery, the hotel offers a creative environment. Experience the truly distinctive architecture, artwork and Scandinavian design permeating the hotel.

SAE has negotiated special rates at the conference venue as follows :

Standard room – single use: 1200 SEK (incl. VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi)
Standard room – double use: 1250 SEK (incl. VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi)

Please note that the negotiated rates are only available through the below mentioned booking method and are not valid for reservations made through internet platforms such as booking.com, Expedia, travel agencies, etc.

Booking information

Participants can make their reservation by calling +46 31 779 11 11 or by emailing q.11@choice.se with the reservation code “003657”.

Rooms can be booked until 16 September 2018

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Maskingatan 11
41764 Gothenburg

Cancellation policy

Guests can cancel the guaranteed reservation free of charge until one month prior to the event. For cancellations received :

  • 1 month – 14 days prior to the event (1 night stay will be charged)
  • Less than 14 days prior to the event (full stay will be charged)
  • No-shows (full stay will be charged)

About Gothenburg

Entry requirements


In order to visit Sweden, an entry visa may be required. Visas for Sweden are not required by nationals from EU countries and for nationals of Australia, Canada, the USA and Britain for stays not exceeding 90 days. A list of citizens requiring visas when entering Sweden can be found here.

An official invitation letter will also be sent upon request. You will find this option during the registration process. This letter, however, does not involve any commitments by the Conference Organisers to cover fees, accommodation, travel expenses or other costs connected to the participation in the Meeting. SAE International will not be held responsible for visa not granted.


Insurances - Liability

SAE International are insured only to meet claims arising from incidents caused by the organisers and their equipment. Participants, exhibitors and visitors are strongly recommended to be properly insured against accidents they may suffer when traveling and during the conference.


Must see attractions

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich history and delights of Gothenburg. Take advantage of these few days and visit the must-see and must-go to places.

The Goteborg city card is also available for purchase which grants free admission to many entertainment, sights, excursions and museums. Travel with selected trams, buses and boats are included a well as discounts in selected stores.