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MetalForming Delivers Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Conference 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Join Ford, GM, Chrysler, Lotus, Tesla & Material Suppliers In Detroit
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August 20-21 2014 | Detroit | USA
The Leading Automotive Lightweight Materials Conference Returns For Its Third Year

Ford, GM, Chrysler, Tesla, Nissan, Toyota, Honda
And Volvo To Reveal Mass Production Strategies Through 20+
Brand New Case Studies

Register Here And Save $200 By July 11

Automotive OEMs: Email To Find Out How To Claim The Exclusive $249 Rate This Is Limited To 50 Places

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Dear Colleague,

OEMs are seeking to develop vehicle lightweighting strategies to  to cost-effectively meet fuel economy targets and increasingly shifting their focus to incorporate mixed-material solutions for mass production.

However, applying lightweight materials to mass-produced vehicles comes with a fresh set of challenges. OEMs need to:
  1. Select the optimal combination of materials including    aluminum, high-strength steel, composites and magnesium
  2. Source them in the volumes and specifications required for high volume production
  3. Determine the optimal joining and casting techniques for mixed material manufacturing at scale
To respond to these challenges, we are delighted to announce the 3rd Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Initiative: Detroit 2014, the flagship event in American Business Conferences’ world leading Automotive Lightweighting Series.

This year's event will feature presentations from the likes of Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo to examine the latest advances in material selection & mixed-material joining techniques for lightweight vehicles.  With a totally revamped agenda, the focus of presentations will be on the technical solutions that are having the biggest success in mass produced applications for lightweight vehicles in the USA.

Speakers Include:
  • Dr Hesham Ezzat, GM Technical Fellow - Body, General Motors
  • Jim Dykeman, Principal Engineer Metallurgy - Materials,  Honda R&D Americas
  • Andrew Macdonald, Body Repair Program Manager, Tesla
  • William Dereski, Global Mass Strategist, General Motors
  • Joseph Polewarczyk, Technical Lead Engineer Body & Exterior Advanced Technology, General Motors
  • Bruno Barthelemy, Chief Engineer for Body Structures Closures and Body, Ford
  • Jim Dykeman, Principle Engineer Metallurgy- Materials, Honda R&D Americas
  • Gregg Peterson, Senior Technical Specialist, Lotus Engineering
  • Saeil Jeon, Technical Lead- Materials for Advanced Technology & Research (AT&R), Volvo Trucks Technology
  • Robert Blanchard, Senior Manager, Nissan Technical Center, Nissan USA
  • Dr Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors Global Research and Development
  • Ron Krupitzer, Vice President Automotive Applications, American Steel
  • Randall Scheps, Marketing Director, Alcoa
  • Gary Lownsdale, Chief Technology Officer, Plasan USA
  • Craig Cowan, President, RB&W
  • Jeff Moyer, Vice President- Business Development & Engineering, Meridian
  • Ed Bernadon, Vice President, Strategic Automotive Initiatives, Siemens PLM Software
  • Dr Joel Fournier, President & CEO, Alliance Magnesium
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Key Technical Sessions Cover:
  • Adhesives: Evaluating What Can Be Done To Improve Time-Efficiency And Ensure The Long Term Durability Of Adhesively Bonded Aluminum To Steel Joints
  • Assembly, Joining & Fastening: Evaluating Different Joining Techniques To Determine Which Can Deliver The Most Cost-And Time-Effective Solution For Mixed Material Joining For Lightweight Vehicles
  • Coating & Corrosion: Understanding How To Mitigate Galvanic Corrosion Of Aluminum & Magnesium When Coming Into Contact With Steel To Ensure Long Term Durability
  • CAD/CAE: Moving Towards Common Industry Standards For CAE Modeling Of Lightweight Materials To Reduce Costs & Yield Improved Data
  • Forming: Including Testing, Extrusion, Stamping, Hydroforming & Forging
PLUS A Material-By-Material Breakdown Of Selection & Optimization To Determine How To Select The Right Material For The Right Lightweight Vehicle Application Including:
  • Aluminum
  • Carbon Fiber & Other Emerging Composites
  • Magnesium
  • High Strength Steel
  • Mixed Material Solutions
Register Here And Save $200 By July 11

Automotive OEMs: Email To Find Out How To Claim The Limited $249 Rate
To find out about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please email

For general inquiries, please email or call (1) 800 721 3915

On behalf of the team, I look forward to welcoming you to Detroit in August.

Kind Regards,

Jane Thomas
American Business Conferences

Craig Renneker
Chief Engineer- Component & Pre- Program, Transmission & Driveline Engineering
“This will be my 3rd GALM conference.  I encourage both suppliers and OEMs to participate to enable us to share ideas and learn about new lightweight technologies.  I need new ideas to incorporate into Ford’s next generation of transmission and driveline products.”
2014 Partners:
Speakers Include:
David Malik
Director of Advanced Vehicle Development & Global BOM Leader of Lower Structures
General Motors
Umesh Gandhi
Advanced Research Scientist
Toyota Research Institute of North America
Dr Paul Krajewski Global Greenhouse Gas Mass Strategist General Motors
Stephen Logan Senior Engineering Specialist
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