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  • Body Structures
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  • New Technologies
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  • Manufacturing Engineering
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  • Steel Suppliers
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  • Magnesium Suppliers
  • Advanced Composite Suppliers(I.E. Carbon Fiber Composites)
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Dr. Sama Mbang

Dr. Sama MbangGlobal Head of Digitalization – Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases

Daimler/ Mercedes Benz

Mark Kralevich

Mark KralevichDirector Materials Division

Honda R&D Americas

Dr. Lei Shi

Dr. Lei ShiChief Technology Officer 

Nuola Auto Global R&D, Nuola Auto (Shanghai) Technology Co., Ltd. ​

Joao Rodriguez

Joao RodriguezHead of Quality 

Renault Group

Alan Banks

Alan BanksLightweight Structures Supervisor in Innovation and Research

Ford Motor Company

Venkat Aitharaju

Venkat AitharajuStaff Researcher Polymer Composites Group


Simon Xu

Simon XuEngineering Group Manager Vehicle Optimization Advanced Vehicle Development and CAE

General Motors Corporation

Jose Luis Galaviz

Jose Luis GalavizStructural Engineering Lead


Zichun Zhang

Zichun ZhangCAE Supervisor, Dongfeng

Nissan Technology Center

Sina Sheikholeslami, Ph.D.

Sina Sheikholeslami, Ph.D.Paint/Coating Quality Engineer


Dr. Burcu Saner Okan

Dr. Burcu Saner OkanAssoc.Prof.

Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Research and Application Center

Brad Jenkins

Brad JenkinsManager, Stamping & Body Weld

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing

Ozak Durmus

Ozak DurmusSustainability Senior Engineer

Ford Otosan

Bradley Simmonds

Bradley SimmondsManufacturing & Design Engineer 


Ryan Gergely, PhD

Ryan Gergely, PhDSenior Researcher Manufacturing Systems Research Lab

General Motors Research & Development

Loraine Souza

Loraine SouzaLead Validation Engineer (Body in White) 

Renault Groupe

Neeshel Dullabh

Neeshel DullabhLead Chassis Integration Engineer

Ford Motor Company


Tony MESSIHASenior Product Improvement Engineer


Robert Anglin

Robert AnglinManufacturing Sr. Engineer - Stamping


Niat Rahman

Niat RahmanSr. Materials Engineer – CAE Material Technical Specialist – Adhesive & Joining Advanced Material Technology

General Motors 

Dr.Omar Faruk

Dr.Omar FarukAdjunct Professor Center for Bio composites and Biomaterials Processing

University of Toronto

Fernando Gongora

Fernando GongoraSr. Manager Body/Interiors

Nikola Motor Company

Dr Donald Baskin

Dr Donald BaskinMaterials Engineering

Mass. Inst. of Technology

Manoj Garg

Manoj GargLead Design Mgr Product, CMF, Digital 


Lightweight Multi-Material Selection For Automotive Body Structures & Components 

Lightweighting is one of the biggest challenges facing automotive manufacturers today. Demand for new lightweight materials continues to challenge engineers to discover cost-effective alternatives and develop new assembly processes.

Advanced Lightweight Materials & Manufacturing Innovation Congress 2021 gives new perspective on how engineers can find new and improved technologies for adopting lightweight materials for body, chassis, interior, power train and under-the-hood applications.

OEMs and suppliers are rushing to develop multi-material vehicles that incorporate aluminium, carbon-fiber composites, high-strength steel, magnesium, titanium, various types of foam, plastic, and rubber. They are also exploring bio-based materials. This rush is also enabling them to rethink traditional assembly processes and develop new joining techniques.

The long-term goal is to reduce overall vehicle weight to improve fuel economy and meet the evolving demands of increasingly electrified vehicle platforms. Typically, a 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight can lead to an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy. However, the big challenge is to cost-effectively join dissimilar materials while meeting increasingly stringent safety and performance standards. The baseline materials for vehicle construction, low-carbon steel and cast iron, are being replaced by materials with higher specific strength and stiffness: advanced high-strength steels, aluminium, magnesium, and polymer composites. The key challenge is to reduce the cost of manufacturing structures with these new materials. Maximizing the weight reduction requires optimized designs utilizing multi-materials in various forms. This use of mixed materials presents additional challenges in joining and preventing galvanic corrosion.

LEARN ABOUT NEW, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES & PROCESSES For Sustainable Multi-Material Selection & Applications For Specific Structural Components

  • What’s possible with the materials out there?
  • Managing the steel to aluminum transition
  • Capitalize on the sustainability of key materials including green steels & bio-materials
  • Exclusive material focus on hybrid composites, lightweight plastics, magnesium & hybrid composites applications
  • Application of multi-functionality materials

JOINING TECHNOLOGY - Unlocking The Key To Success – Learn About….

  • Application of new joining technology for advanced material combinations
  • Mixed panel joining methods and alternatives to spot welding
  • Cost effective simulation and testing of different joints to understand the durability, safety and lifetime of different joining types

MULTI MATERIAL SELECTION & JOINING - Hear Case Studies Focusing On...

  • Mixed Material Body-In-White/Body Shell/Chassis Applications
  • Sheets, Pillars, Castings & Extrusions
  • Roof, Bonnet, Front Section, Wings, Outer Door, Inner Door, Hood & Floor
  • E.V. Battery Protection Structure

MANUFACTURING PROCESSES: Improving The Manufacturability Of Lightweight Materials...

  • Manufacturing risk management and cost reduction
  • Look at how new technology can help solve compatibility for mass production issues when utilizing advanced materials
  • Reduce the cost of processing key lightweight materials like aluminium
  • Tool setup requirements when switching between steel and aluminium


See OEM Case Studies, Technical Presentations And Panel Discussion To Set Future Road Maps on:

DAY 1: Material Selection Process For Specific Structural Components

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

DAY 2:  Joining Methodology Selection

  • The Latest Innovations Advancements On Multi-Material Joining Technology & Process, With High Process Reliability, For Key Multi-Material Combinations

DAY 3: Improving The Manufacturability Of Lightweight Materials

  • Manufacturability - Considering All Costs & Risks When Adapting Manufacturing Process To Accommodate New Materials, Joining Technologies & Tooling Set Ups – How To Ensure Your Multi-Material Lightweight Design Is Manufacturable

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