Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminum at the Aluminium in Road Transport Conference to be held November 11-12 at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham, U.K. Organized by ALFED (the Aluminium Federation), the event will feature an evening banquet and a tour of the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.
Until recently, aluminum has only been used in mechanical components in cars, with all-aluminum vehicle bodies being the preserve of high end or specialist vehicles. That’s changing as mass-market models begin to utilize the recyclable material in chassis and bodies.
The two-day conference will build on the previous year’s successful gathering with more than 100 delegates due to attend each day from OEM companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan, and Toyota. This year’s event will also see Lotus attend for the first time and Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), will chair a key session about manufacturers’ race to lighten the weight of vehicles with lightweight materials such as aluminum.
By Craig Werner, Werner Extrusion Solutions, LLC
The planning and preparation for this event took the dedication of AEC volunteers and staff over a year; this effort and relentless focus will provide attendees with a not-to-be-missed opportunity to obtain a wonderful understanding of our industry, our material, our process and the equipment that makes it possible, all from some of the most renowned experts in our field.
The workshop will be a mix of lectures, problem solving opportunities, and panel discussions. Equipment supplier discussions and tabletop displays will be available during breaks and food functions, providing the type of operational networking simply unavailable elsewhere.
We have gathered some of the best minds in the extrusion business from extruders to suppliers of metal and equipment to provide attendees with the chance to learn optimization techniques directly applicable to their operations.
Constellium created of an International Scientific Council in July 2013 The Council’s mandate is to nurture and broaden Constellium’s global scientific vision and perspective on relevant emerging domains, key drivers, and technological trends related to its strategic activities. The Scientific Council aims to deliver high level advisory support and recommendations to Constellium on its R&D competencies, innovation approach, critical R&D collaborations worldwide, and enrichment of its scientific network.
The International Scientific Council consists of the following six academic members:
- Yves Bréchet, professor of Materials Science at Grenoble INP, professor at Collège de France (Innovation and Technology Chair), member of the French Académie des Sciences, Haut-Commissaire à l’Energie Atomique
- Patrick Grant, fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, Cookson Professor of Materials, deputy head, Maths, Physical & Life Science Division, University of Oxford (UK)
- Yukitaka Murakami, emeritus, Kyushu University, member of the Japan Academy of Engineering, fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering
- Gregory B. Olson, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA); member, National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- Dr. Ing. Heinz Voggenreiter, head of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Institutes of Materials Research (Köln) and of Structures and Design (Stuttgart), professor at the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Germany)
- Tomasz Wierzbicki, director of the Impact & Crashworthiness Laboratory and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
In this video interview, each professor discusses the role of the Council and what we hope to achieve.
The European Aluminium Awards will be handed out on October 7th at the Award Gala during the ALUMINIUM 2014 international world trade fair, which will be held October 7-9 at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. All winners and nominees will be on display in the Award Pavilion in Hall 13, the dazzling heart of innovation at this fair.
A record number of 83 entries from 11 countries were received from 61 companies with an innovative product or project that incorporates aluminum. Out of these entries, 37 have been nominated for awards in five categories — Design & Lifestyle, Lighting & Interior, Building & Architecture, Aerospace & Automotive, and Production Techniques, Tools, & Machinery. In addition, several special prizes will be up for grabs, including the Young Designers Prize, Young Engineers Prize, and Overall Jury Prize. A brand-new Public Prize will be awarded for the first time in the Design & Lifestyle category, with the winner chosen by open online voting.
Among the nominees are automotive parts from AMAG, Novelis, and Leiber Group and a sophisticated space part casting from Zollern. as well as new production processes and innovative architectural structures. The Design & Lifestyle category brings a wedding dress, an aluminum urn, and a decorated railway fly-over. From laser-welded automotive metal sheets to designer silverware , from stable bridge structures to side impact protection, from long-lasting urns to the shiny wedding dress of the future — the award submissions couldn’t be any more diverse. What they all have in common is that they integrate aluminum in a new, innovative way.
More information about the nominees and the awards is available online.