The explorer within us has as pushed the frontiers in the past centuries with the invention of various means of transportation. Both the transport of people and of products and raw materials make sure that the discoveries of today are within everyone’s reach. The car becomes more and more a working and living environment; it starts to communicate, from safe warning systems to autonomous self-navigating and self driving.


The innovation for all mobility aims for lightweight and strong materials, efficient production processes and energy saving, and the integration of functions, experience, and means of communication. Sustainability is starting to become increasingly important as well. The decrease in use of fossil fuels to compact, lightweight and affordable batteries, recyclable super strong composites and bioresins, new metal alloys, smart material combinations, indestructible plastics, and coatings to protect against weather influences are all examples of material innovations in this sector. Digital processes are also up and coming: from cheaper moulds to complex joints.

Our Mobility ambassador


Erik Tempelman

Associate professor Design Engineering at Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands)


Dr Erik Tempelman has been working with design, innovation and materials for more than 20 years, both in industrial and academic settings. Recently completed projects include the Nature Inspired Design collaboration and the EU-funded Light.Touch.Matters project. He is also known for his work on manufacturing and design, together with Cambridge University and Studio Ninaber.


An eclectic scholar, Tempelman has published on a variety of subjects, e.g. on the eco-impact of automotive materials and on lightweight design; he is also a regular contributor to the annual Constructeursdag.


As ambassador at MX, Tempelman strives to showcase the tremendous improvements that automotive materials have made over the past decades, and explain why such innovations matter.

Special items


Several large exhibition pieces – often never shown to the public before – will be exhibited during the trade fair, showing the visitor a glimpse of the future. What can you expect?



3D printed ship’s propeller

This propeller is 3D printed from stainless steel, and was created by RAMLAB (Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB), the company that made the world’s first 3D printed ship’s propeller, the WAAMpeller.


The Dutch start-up Dutchfiets created a bicycle entirely made from recyclable plastic. The plastic (PE) used for the bicycle is easily recyclable and energy efficient to produce. In addition, it is a very cheap and light material, and it doesn’t rust, unlike steel.


Dutch start-up Mokumono wants to bring the production process of bikes back to the Netherlands. To do so, they created a fully automated production process that makes strong and lightweight aluminium frames from sheet metal.

Speaker programme



Material Xperience is known for its high-profile speaker programme, which includes renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers and other experts.


Tuesday afternoon 13 March the speaker programme “The Future of Mobility” takes place in the Material Xperience theatre. Speakers are Erik Tempelman (Associate professor Design Engineering at TU Delft), Prof Adriaan BeukersTom Schiller (Mokumono), Jeroen Droogsma, (Vripack) and Rene de Vries (Aito-Touch).


Visit the programme page for more information.

Materials from the independent Materia collection



During this three-day event, Materia will show the newest materials from its independent collection, which were scouted during the past year. A small selection of materials:


Press mouldings (ONA692)

Natural fibre moulded parts are produced by high pressure moulding on the basis of a prepreg (a nonwoven fabric impregnated with thermosetting binder). From the prepregs, any three-dimensional free-form surfaces can be produced, as long as they meet certain geometric requirements.

Micromoulded biocomposites (ONA700)

Designer Bas Froon developed a ‘micromoulding’ machine that makes it possible to locally change material qualities from a soft material into a strong and lightweight plastic. The micromoulding process makes uses thermoplastic composite materials: natural fibres or recycled textiles combined with biobased plastic like PLA.

Structural veneer (WOO366)

Structural Veneer consists of thin-gauge Grip Metal mechanically bonded to wood veneer in a corrugated structure. Grip Metal is a patented stamping process created to modify sheet metal, applying an array of micro-formed hooks that can physically adhere with other materials without the use of traditional adhesives.