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.
The 10th International Conference on Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications, Mg 2015, will be held on October 11-16, 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Jeju in Jeju, South Korea. Hosted by the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials and organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geestacht and the Seoul National University, MSE BK21 Plus, RIAM, the conference will cover all aspects of the science and technology of magnesium alloys.
- Primary Production & Recycling
- Alloy Development
- Casting & Solidification
- Microstructure & Texture Evolution
- Deformation & Formability
- Mechanical Behavior
- Wrought Alloy Processing
- Post Processing
- Corrosion & Surface Treatments
- Bio Application
- Modelling & Simulation
Call for Abstracts
Authors are invited to submit abstracts on any of the conference topics for oral or poster presentation at the event. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be typed or copy/pasted directly into the abstract form on the abstract submission page. Authors may further edit and modify submitted abstracts until the submission deadline. Notification of acceptance will be sent by email and announced on the conference website.
In addition, authors may submit a full paper for publication in a conference proceedings volume that will be made available at the conference. Full papers should be submitted electronically and should be prepared according the template available by download at the conference website.
- Abstracts are to be submitted online by October 31, 2014.
- Full papers are to be submitted by March 31, 2015.
The Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium, organized by AluMag, will be held October 5-7, 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany. The symposium is a cutting edge event that brings together the procurement and supply side of lightweight materials and their advanced processes (aluminum, magnesium, carbon, composites, HSS, and thermoplastics) in complement with cost balance or reduction. Localization, material technology, and cost benchmarking, as well as 2025 market outlook are some of the topics to be presented. The event is designed for executives and procurement professionals, who are part of the lightweight supply chain and individuals who are seeking a better understanding of the synergy of cost and weight reduction programs.
At the symposium, OEMs will express their needs and expectations from suppliers, technology, and lightweighting and Tier suppliers will showcase their leading weight reduction solutions, joining technologies, and material and process hybrid components. The event will also include a lightweight technology exhibition. It will feature three days of networking (including three receptions), culminating as ALUMINIUM 2014 and Composites Europe begins, also in Duesseldorf (free of chargefor symposium attendees).
Some of the presentations to be featured at the conference include:
- Opening Keynote — Structural Lightweighting – New Materials & Advanced Processes, Arne Lakeit, vp Manufacturing Engineering & Process Planning, Audi
- Closing Keynote — Axel Harries, vp Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbd)
- Lightweight Component Procurement in North America – An Analysis Of The Strengths & Weaknesses Of The Current Supply Base Against Future OEM Needs by Eric Bach, director of Engineering, Tesla Motors (tbc)
- Global Quality Improvement In Accompany With Lightweighting & Cost Balance by Axel Harriee, vp of Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbc)
- Technological And Cost Comparison Of Aluminium – Magnesium vs. Composite Solutions by Achim Schneider, head Of Business Development & Sales, and Klaus Decking, head of Market Communication Sales Support & Business Development & New Markets Sales, Georg Fischer AG
- Market Trends & Development Of Aluminium In China: Production – Price Building – Products by Hui Xiong, senior analyst, Beijing Antaike
A complete list of presentations can be found on the conference website.
The AluMag symposium is limited to 150 visitors to ensure a friendly atmosphere for knowledge development and exchange of experience.
Automotive Congress Presents Vehicle Lightweighting Strategies – Interview with Craig Renneker, Ford
The 3rd Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit (GALM) congress will be held on August 20-21 in Detroit, Michigan. As OEMs seek to develop vehicle lightweighting strategies that will allow them to cost-effectively meet fuel economy targets, they are increasingly shifting their focus to incorporating mixed-material solutions at mass produced scales. The highly anticipated Ford F150 heralds the integration of lightweighting technologies into the vehicle with the highest volume of sales in North America for the last 36 years and is representative of an overall industry trend towards mass produced lightweight vehicles.
However, applying lightweight materials to mass produced vehicles comes with a fresh set of challenges. OEMs need to select the optimal combination of materials including aluminum, high-strength steel, composites, and magnesium, source them in the volumes and specifications required for high volume production, and then determine the optimal joining and casting techniques for mixed material manufacturing at scale.
To address these challenges, leading vehicle OEMs will be gathering in Detroit for the GALM congress to the share the latest advances in materials and manufacturing techniques that are having the biggest impact on reducing the cost of mass produced lightweight vehicles. Highlights Include: a Focus on Mass Production, Aluminum & Mixed Material Joining, Material Selection & Optimization, Corrosion Prevention, Vehicle Repair & Crash Performance, and Casting.
Interview with congress speaker, Craig Renneker, Ford
Craig Renneker, chief engineer – Component & Pre-Program, Transmission & Driveline Engineering at Ford, is one of the OEM speakers who will present at the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials congress. In his current role, he is responsible for the development of all new automatic and hybrid transmission programs within Ford, as well as all component engineering activities.
What are the main challenges you are currently facing at Ford in relation to lightweighting?
Delivering lightweight technologies to our customers at a good value. There are many great technologies out there that are simply too expensive for our market.
The Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing (GALM) Congress 2014 will take place in Detroit, Michigan on May 28-29, 2014. Driven by the need to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, automotive OEMs are reducing vehicle weights by using advanced materials, such as high-strength aluminum and steel, as well as magnesium alloys. With new lightweight developments creating challenges in vehicle assembly and driving continual changes to plant infrastructure, manufacturing OEMs are rapidly trying to learn how to cost-effectively weld, rivet, form, and cast lightweight vehicles on a global platform. For the first time, the GALM series has now created a congress specially designed for experts who are actively pioneering key technologies, deciding on joining methods, and implementing welding, bonding, and riveting technologies to economically, rapidly and consistently join aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber composites.
Topics to Be Discussed Include
- Comparison of costs, integrity, and applications of the latest welding technologies, including: Laser Welding, Resistance Spot Welding, Collision Welding, Impulse Manufacturing, Friction Stir Welding, and Ultrasonic Welding.
- Unique per material, per application analysis for joining — taking a deep dive into practically overcoming manufacturing challenges to join mixed material lightweight vehicles, using processes such as:Self-Piercing Rivets,Structural Adhesives, Hybrid Bonding, and Clinch Joints.
- A look at not only how OEMs can implement manufacturing and joining technologies, but also why each technology was chosen, so delegates can attain insight into the economics as well as the application of each joining technology.
- Evaluation assembly plans for joining of multi-material vehicles to estimate the required measures to achieve efficient cost effective high volume production.
- Joining steel to aluminum — identifying the optimal joining technologies for cost effectively overcoming the incompatibilities of aluminum and steel using welding, riveting and adhesive bonding
Value for Aluminum Companies
- Discover OEM future plans for joining lightweight, multi-material vehicles and how material suppliers plan to meet their needs.
- Justify the business case for new technology: This is the first automotive conference to focus on the business case for which joining technologies are right for integrating lightweight materials and how to apply them to enable high volume production both regionally and globally.
- Network with leading OEMs, including General Motors, Audi, Honda, Volkswagen USA, Fiat, Nissan, Chrysler, Lotus, Tesla, Local Motors, and Toyota.
- Participate actively in extended panel discussions and designated Q&A after each presentation to compare and contrast new advancements and promote active discussion and constructive debate.
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