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Lightweight Materials: GM, Ford, BMW, Chrysler, Toyota, Lotus Meet In Detroit

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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American Business Conferences
August 21-22 2013 | Detroit | USA
Pre-Conference Workshop August 20

The Industry Leading Automotive Lightweighting Forum Returns To Detroit

Download The Program Here

REGISTER HERE TODAY: Enter 'MFM15' At The Checkout For A 15% Discount
Dear Colleague,

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?

1) In-depth per material, per application analysis to practically demonstrate and identify the right materials for the right applications at the right cost

2) Material Suppliers’ panel: Revealing plans and perspectives of material suppliers addressing global availability to support increased automotive demand of lightweight materials

3) More OEM speakers than any other lightweighting forum with extended panel discussions and designated Q&A sessions to promote constructive debate

Register Here: Enter 'MFM15' At The Checkout For A 15% Discount

What's New This Year?

NEW 1. 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.
NEW 2. 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.

NEW 3. 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.

NEW 4. Extended Panel Discussions: Compare and contrast new advancements and participate constructive industry debate

NEW 5. 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

NEW 6. Optimizing Through Lightweight Design: Briefings on part consolidation, packaging efficiency and designing for fiber reinforced composite structures

Download The Full Agenda And Speaker Line-Up Here

Senior Speakers 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
  • Craig Renneker, Chief Engineer- Component & Pre-Program, Transmission & Driveline Engineering, Ford
  • Ali Alkelani, Senior Fastening Specialist, BMW
  • Shawn Morgans, Body Structure Technical Leader, Ford
  • Sukhbir Bilkhu, Executive Safety Specialist, Chrysler
  • Umesh Gandhi, Advanced Research Scientist, Toyota Research Institute of North America
  • Joseph Polewarczyk, Technical Lead Engineer Body & Exterior Advanced Technology, General Motors
  • Dr. Khaled Shahwan, Fellow-AIAA; Lightweighting, Safety & Computational Specialist, Chrysler
  • Greg Peterson, Senior Technical Specialist, Lotus Engineering
  • Dr Hesham Ezzat, GM Technical Fellow- Body, General Motors
  • Leland Decker, Development Lead – BIW Structures Group-, Chrysler
  • Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors Global R&D
  • James Truskin, Development Lead - CAE Integration, Chrysler
  • Don Malen, Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Michigan
  • 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
  • Gianluigi Molteni, Senior Marketing & Business Development and Sales Manager, DuPont
  • Jeffrey Moyer, Vice President - Business Development & Engineering, Meridian Lightweight Technologies
  • Tom Johnson, Director of Advanced Product Development, Shape Corp.
  • Dr Joël Fournier, President & CEO, Alliance Magnesium
  • Frank Billotto, Senior Market Development Manager, Dow Automotive Systems
  • Martin Starkey, Managing Director – Automotive, Gurit
  • Craig Cowan, President, RB&W Manufacturing
For more information on the initiative, group registration discount packages or to find out about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please contact the team on or call (1) 800 721 3915.

On behalf of the American Business Conferences team, I look forward to seeing you at GALM Detroit 2013.

Kind Regards

Jane Thomas
American Business Conferences
Supporting Associations & Media Partners:
  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering
  • Society of Plastic Engineers
  • Drive Aluminum (The Aluminum Association)
  • Steel Manufacturers Association
  • Light Metal Age
  • SupplierBusiness
  • SMMT
  • Auto Focus Asia
  • Automotive Technology
  • Prototype Today
  • Inderscience Publishers



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