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Technical Directors, General Managers, Department Managers, Senior Engineers, Senior Specialists, Technical Specialists, Senior Researchers from...

  • Body Structures
  • Body In White
  • Joining
  • Welding
  • Bonding
  • Adhesive
  • Stamping
  • Forming
  • Corrosion
  • Coatings
  • Simulation
  • Self Piercing Rivets
  • Assembly
  • Implementation
  • New Technologies
  • Fastening
  • Technical
  • Frame
  • Quality
  • Sheet Metal
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Product Engineering
  • Lightweight Engineering
  • Operations/R&D Centers


  • Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Car Parts Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Welding Suppliers(Ultrasonic Welding, Laser Welding)
  • Bonding Suppliers
  • Fastening Suppliers (SPRs)
  • Adhesive Suppliers
  • Forming Technology Suppliers
  • Coatings/ Corrosion Protection
  • Component Suppliers
  • Additive Manufacturing For Vehicle Components/DMLS
  • Steel Suppliers
  • Aluminium Suppliers
  • Magnesium Suppliers
  • Advanced Composite Suppliers(I.E. Carbon Fiber Composites)
  • Recycling/Scrap Metal



DAY 1 - “Material Selection Process For Specific Structural Components”

Lightweight Multi-Material Selection For Automotive Body Structures & Components Taking Into Account Cost, Sustainability, Recyclability & Manufacturability


08:50 American Business Conferences Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks



09:00: Compare Holistic Strategies – From Design To Manufacturing - On Best Practice Application Of Mixed Advanced Material Combinations Considering Cost, Sustainability And Compatibility For Mass Production

This panel discussion will compare strategies for considering all of the key costs and factors for material selection at design stage. Additionally, what are the key risks associated with material selection and manufacturing methods? And how do you predict and control costs when incorporating sustainability factors into the design stage?

Perspective 1 – Considering Manufacturing And Supply Chain Costs, At The Design Stage, When Transitioning From Steel To Aluminium 

Perspective 2 – Mixed Material Selection & Decision Making At The Design Stage Taking Into Account Manufacturability, Sustainability And Cost

Perspective 3 – Optimizing Multi-Material Selection, Cost & Manufacturing Risk Management


Mark Kralevich, Director Materials Division, Honda R&D Americas

Simon Xu, Engineering Group Manager Vehicle Optimization Advanced Vehicle Development and CAE, General Motors Corporation

Loraine Souza, Lead Validation Engineer - Body Vehicle (Body in White), Renault Group


10:00: Extended Q&A Session     


10:30: Optimizing Multi-Material Selection Utilizing Aluminium, Steel & Composites For Supporting Structures, Crash Management Systems And The Passenger Compartment

This presentation will investigate the potential advantages of specific lightweight material combinations for structural safety and crash management systems. Multi-material selection for passenger safety for front and side impacts through structural design will also be highlighted.

Mark Kralevich Director Materials Division, Honda R&D Americas


10:55: Questions & Discussion


11:05: Refreshment Break


11:30: Computational Materials Engineering, Geometrical Synthesis, and What Happens in the Product Design Office: The Elements of Lightweighting

This presentation will discover prospects to solve the problem in the design stage to optimization of materials with the desired property and function.

Dr Donald Baskin, Lecturer - Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


11:55: Questions & Discussion


12:05: Comprehensive Solution For Weight Reduction Of Next-Generation Platform Using Topology And Multidisciplinary Design Approach

This session will examine the latest commercial applications for lightweighting through the process of determining the optimal layout of material and connectivity inside a design domain.

Dr. Lei Shi, Chief Technology Officer, Nuola Auto

Zichun Zhang, CAE Supervisor, Dongfeng Nissan Technology Center


12:30: Questions & Discussion


12:40: The Roadmap To Reducing Cost On A Mixed-Material Aluminium, Steel & Hybrid Composites Body Design Concept For Mass Production

Moving from steel to aluminium may provide lightweighting benefits, but the feasibility is often challenged due to cost. This session will deliver a comparative analysis between different lightweight material options applied to specific components of the body frame to reduce cost and optimize performance.

The decision-making matrix considering cost and all key factors
Evaluating new advances on third generation steel for specific components of the body structure
At design stage – moving towards utilizing more aluminium and hybrid composite material
Considering the manufacturability at design stage to control costs
Conclusions and results so far   

Loraine Souza, Lead Validation Engineer - Body Vehicle (Body in White), Renault Group


13:00: Questions & Discussion


13:10  Lunch & Networking


14:00: Cost Effective Application Of Aluminium Over Steel – From Design To Manufacturing - For Specific Structural Components, Castings & Extrusions 

The move from steel to aluminium is always expensive as design and manufacturability are closely interrelated. So, what are the strategies for cost effective transition from steel to aluminium structures and parts to ensure commercial viability?

Cost effective application of new generation high strength steel and aluminium
A comparison between steel and aluminium application in the automotive industry is given from various points of view from design to manufacturing
Conclusions and results

Neeshel Dullabh, Lead Chassis Integration Engineer, Ford Motor Company


14:25 Questions & Discussion


14:35: State-Of-The-Art Vehicle Optimization Methodologies For Vehicle Architecture Strategies To Meet FE Standards Through Light Weighting

Simon Xu, Engineering Group Manager Vehicle Optimization Advanced Vehicle Development and CAE General Motors Corporation


15:00 Questions & Discussion


15:10  Refreshment Break


15:40: Sustainable Lightweight Materials Selection - Exploring The Key Drivers To Formulate A Strategy To Build Manufacturing Capacity & Capability

Sustainable material selection process that takes into consideration all design aspects including cost, performance, and environmental impacts. Sustainable material selection provides a systematic method for material selection and considers material’s mechanical properties, cost, and ability to reduce environmental impacts over product’s lifetime. This presentation will focus on material selections for automotive structural panels in the body-in-white. These metrics cover products’ environmental impact, functionality, manufacturability and safety factors.

PERSPECTIVE ONE: Defining Metrics For The Sustainability And Recycling Of Key Materials, Ozak Durmus, Sustainability Senior Engineer, Ford Otosan

PERSPECTIVE TWO: Reducing Cost & Improving The Efficiency Of Recyclability Manoj Garg, Lead Design Manager Product, CMF, Digital Renault


16:10 Questions & Discussion


16:20: Automotive Sustainability and Lightweighting with Recycled Carbon Fiber

A recent report showed that the global recycled carbon fiber market size is projected to grow from USD 109 million in 2020 to USD 193 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 12.0% during the forecast period, and automotive & transportation is the fastest-growing end-use industry of recycled carbon fiber in terms of value.

We will discuss latest developments in applications of recycled carbon fiber composites materials.
Virgin and recycled carbon fiber composite property comparison based on their different recycling process of carbon fibers and their surface modifications and manufacturing processes will be presented.
Some case studies with selected automotive parts manufactured from recycled carbon fiber composites will be discussed.

Dr. Omar Faruk, Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto


16:50  Questions & Discussion


17:05  Chairman’s Closing Remarks and End of Day 1


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