Innovation Initiative

Wire Harness Events

Insights and challenges for the wire harness


Georg Schnauffer

ARENA2036 e.V.

Previous events of IIWH

24. March 2022 & 05. April 2022: IIWH Forum

Innovation Initiative Wiring Harness

This year, the virtual IILS forum was held for the second time on 24.03.2022 and 05. April 2022 by the Innovation Initiative Wiring Harness. Over a period of six hours, the participants were given deep insights into the development, manufacturing and production of the wiring harness, as well as presented and discussed the focal points and challenges of the individual sub-projects.

The annual forum of the Innovation Initiative Wiring Harness (IIWH) also enjoyed a great response in 2022. A total of almost 200 guests attended the two events, which were held in German and English. Above all, the many international guests who joined from Japan and the USA, among others, show: The ARENA2036 initiative hits an important nerve. Many of those present reported similar challenges within the industry. In the summer, the IIWH will also publish DIN standard 7-2036 on line set automation. The first draft can already be ordered via the link on the DIN website.

12 - 13/10/2021: Congress for Automotive Wire Harness

On 12 and 13 October 2021, the ninth edition of the international congress “Automotive Wire Harness” took place online. With over 200 participants and ten exhibiting/supporting companies, the congress brought together a diverse and international community involved in the wiring systems of the future.

Georg Sterler, former Head of Onboard Electrical System Development at AUDI, chaired the congress and moderated the expert presentations, which were held on various topics under the umbrella theme of “Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Mobility”.

The congress’s main focuses were:

  • Electrical systems in new vehicles (BMW iX, Daimler S Class and EQS)  
  • New electrical system architectures and future bus systems
  • Automation in production  
  • Increasing the reliability of wiring systems and their components  
  • Environmental targets of the VW Group for future wiring systems

As ARENA2036 research coordinator and head of the Innovation Initiative Wire Harness, Georg Schnauffer was the speaker and gave a keynote speech on the project goals and current project status of the automation of the wire harness.  

In 2022, the “Automotive Wire Harness” congress will also celebrate its 10th anniversary.  

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25/03/2021: IIWH Forum

This year, the first virtual IIWH forum was organised by the Innovation Initiative Wire Harness on 25 March 2021. Over a period of six hours, the participants were given deep insights into the development, manufacturing and production of the wire harness, and the focal points and challenges of the individual sub-projects were presented and discussed.

Around 90 participants from various areas of the wire harness value chain were given a comprehensive overview of the project. The subsequent discussions with experts from the IIWH led to an interesting exchange of content-related topics and new points of contact that could possibly play a role in the IIWH’s sub-projects in the future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for their interest as well as all of the partners of the IIWH who support the Innovation Initiative Wire Harness project.

Furthermore, we would also like to draw your attention to the next IIWH Forum, taking place next year on 24/03/2022. We look forward to your participation.

30/09/2020: Automotive wire harness conference

In 2020, the 8th International Conference Automotive Wire Harness and Electronic Distribution System was held in Ludwigsburg. The main topics of discussion were the current trends and challenges in on-board electrical system development and production such as,

  • Resource conservation,
  • Smart signal transmission,
  • Innovative architecture concepts,
  • Robust power supplies and
  • Release complexity.

Alongside some interesting and varied presentations by some of the industry’s heavyweights, there was a premiere to celebrate: the first public appearance of the Innovation Initiative Wire Harness (IIWH) in front of an expert audience. In addition to topics that affect the entire industry, such as the strategic challenges for automated wire harness development, production and assembly, various scenarios were presented that will affect the wire harness of tomorrow. The feedback from the professional audience suggested that the topics presented really struck a nerve. Today, we can confirm this with the help of 17 partners who are involved at various phases of the value chain.