Our Keynote Speaker:


Andy Claughton (GBR)

Chief Technology Officer, Land Rover BAR

Britain’s Andy Claughton is one of the world’s most accomplished and experienced America’s Cup (AC) designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983. He originally graduated top of his class in Ship Science in 1975, and then in 1977 joined Southampton University’s renowned Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics.

This was where he made many of his early contributions to America’s Cup teams. Andy worked on towing tank and wind tunnel tests, and developing speed prediction programmes for teams that included Team New Zealand, the AC winners in 1995 and 2000.

He took a career break from the Wolfson Unit to work full-time for Team New Zealand in 2000 as Research Coordinator and then Design Coordinator for the 2007 America’s Cup, which Emirates Team NZ narrowly lost to Alinghi. Andy worked with Team Origin until re-joining the Wolfson Unit in 2009 where he is now Director of Enterprise. Andy Claughton has published many papers, and won awards that include the Royal Institute of Naval Architects Small Craft Group Medal.

Andy was born in Yorkshire, and his family played cricket. Unfortunately, Andy didn’t have any talent in that direction, but discovered sailing through the Arthur Ransome books. When he was 13, and to avoid any further embarrassment on the cricket pitch, Andy’s father introduced him to a friend who sailed at Yeadon Sailing Club. It’s a small mill dam on the moors near Leeds Bradford Airport, so shallow that you can almost wade across. Andy cycled there every weekend, and would crew for anyone who had a space in traditional wooden dinghies.

As Technical Director Andy will coordinate a team of designers and engineers as they design, build and test the prototype and final boats that will challenge for the 35th America’s Cup 

Ed Stafford

Ed has led remote expeditions all over the world. But his most amazing accomplishment is to have walked the length of the Amazon river in South America from the source to the sea. No-one had ever attempted it before and everyone said that it couldn’t be done. Ed has experience of surviving adversity in some of the world’s most remote locations. He uses his experiences to inspire and motivate audiences to achieve their own personal goals and shows that is it possible to succeed even when faced with seemingly insurmountable hardship. Ed laid back and humorous style and amazing always enthrals his audience with his tales of encounters with venomous snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and hostile local tribes.

Read more here:    Ed Stafford Video


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann

From Light Engineering to Bionic Production

By now industrial 3D Printing has become part of serial production.  The benefits are clear: On top of a reduction in time for product development this forward-looking technology enables the economic production of bionic structures and customized products. However, by far not all possibilities of the process are already explored and used. Based on several industrial examples from the portfolio of Laser Zentrum Nord (LZN), Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Emmelmann will show the audience how to successfully transfer this technology from prototyping to serial production – focusing on recent industrial applications in the area of bionics and hybrid manufacturing as well as providing a perspective on Industry 4.0.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann is heading the Institute of Laser and System Technologies at Hamburg University of Technology since the year 2001.

With his team of researchers he is performing research and development in the field of laser additive manufacturing, ablation, cutting and welding as well as design and analysis of laser components and systems for automotive, shipyard, aircraft, tooling, polymer and medical industry.

After receiving his Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) degree of mechanical engineering sciences at the University of Hannover in 1986 Claus Emmelmann established the department of production technology of the Laser Zentrum Hannover directed by Professor Dr.-Ing. H.K. Tönshoff. 1991 he received his Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree with a thesis about Laser Beam Cutting of Ceramics. Within his following 10 years industrial career he was responsible for expanding

the business unit of solid state lasers at the worldwide leading laser manufacturer Rofin Sinar GmbH in Hamburg until 2001.

As an author of more than 400 national and international publications Prof. Emmelmann founded in 2009 the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH as a spin-off from the Hamburg University of Technology and is serving as its CEO since then.

The LZN serves the industry by applying the newest research results in laser manufacturing technology to industrial applications and conducts research and development projects for leading technology companies such as Airbus, Audi, BMW, Cloos, Daimler, Siemens, Trumpf and VW.