Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2013

As we move ever closer to the 2020 fuel economy targets and CO2 emissions standards, solutions must be found for cost-effectively integrating lightweight materials into multi-material vehicles.

Developing technical strategies for overcoming cost pressures by identifying the right material for the right application, leveraging existing infrastructure and overcoming manufacturing challenges of joining dissimilar materials clearly are key to unlocking mass market potential.

It is the mission of the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Initiative to support delivery of aggressive lightweighting by providing a unique per material analysis to showcase technical innovation for successfully integrating multi-materials into vehicles.

What Makes GALM The Industry Leading Event?

  • In-depth per material, per application analysis to practically demonstrate and identify the right materials for the right applications at the right cost
  • Material Suppliers’ panel: Revealing plans and perspectives of material suppliers addressing global availability to support increased automotive demand of lightweight materials
  • More OEM speakers than any other lightweighting forum with extended panel discussions and designated Q&A sessions to promote constructive debate

What's New This Year?

  • Material Characterization for CAE Workshop: This pre-conference, interactive workshop (August, 20) will bring together the views of OEMs, Tier 1s and Material Suppliers to evaluate practical solutions for accurate modeling of multi-material vehicles including pre-competitive cross industry collaboration and the democratisation of material characteristics for lightweight materials and new alloys.
  • Practical Demonstration Of The Total Benefits Of Lightweighting: This three-part session has been designed to bring together the experiences of body, chassis, powertrain and sub-system experts to evaluate the total contribution and knock on effects of lightweighting across the entire vehicle.
  • Per Material, Per Application Analysis For Joining And Forming: Taking a deep dive into practically overcoming manufacturing challenges to form and join mixed material lightweight vehicles.
  • Extended Panel Discussions: Compare and contrast new advancements and participate constructive industry debate
  • Overcoming Global Challenges Of Lightweighting: Addressing the global availability of raw materials, manufacturing capabilities and Tier 1 support for vehicles produced on a global scale
  • Optimizing Through Lightweight Design: Briefings on part consolidation, packaging efficiency and designing for fiber reinforced composite structures

Vehicle OEM Led Agenda Of Experts Include:

  • Scott Miller, Director of Global Mass, Energy and Aerodynamics, General Motors
  • Patrick Blanchard, Supervisor- Composites Group Leader, Ford
  • Paul Krajewski, Engineering Group Manager, General Motors
  • James Dykeman, Metalurgist – Materials, Honda
  • Craig Renneker, Chief Engineer- Component & Pre-Program, Transmission & Driveline Engineering, Ford
  • Kai Salzmann, Director Vehicle Engineering, Lotus Engineering
  • Ali Alkelani, Senior Fastening Specialist, BMW
  • Leland Decker, Development Lead – BIW Structures Group-, Chrysler
  • Joseph Polewarczyk, Technical Lead Engineer Body & Exterior Advanced Technology, General Motors
  • Shawn Morgans, Body Structure Technical Leader, Ford
  • Sukhbir Bilkhu, Executive Safety Specialist, Chrysler
  • Umesh Gandhi, Advanced Research Scientist, Toyota Research Institute of North America
  • Stephen Logan, Senior Engineering Specialist, Chrysler
  • Hesham Ezzat, GM Technical Fellow-Body, General Motors
  • Ralph White, Senior Engineering Specialist, Chrysler
  • Greg Peterson, Senior Technical Specialist, Lotus Engineering
  • James Trusker, Development Lead - CAE Integration, Chrysler
  • Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors Global R&D
  • Don Malen, Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Michigan
  • Tonja Sutton, Global Strategic Marketing Manager – Adhesives, Dow Automotive
  • Allan James, North American Field Marketing Manager, Composites, Dow Automotive
  • Prabhat Rastogi, Manager Automotive Worldwide Sales And Marketing, ArcelorMittal
  • Philippe Lequeu, Research and Development Director, Constellium

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