Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2014
Organization: American Business Conferences
Venue: cobo center s
|Event Date/Time: Aug 20, 2014||End Date/Time: Aug 21, 2014|
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. With proven success in luxury low volume production lines such as the BWM i-series, McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Aventador, the industry now needs to accelerate the development of high volume lightweight vehicles. 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 aluminium, 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, the U.S.A.'s leading vehicle OEMs will be gathering in Detroit for the 3rd Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit, to the share the latest advances in materials & manufacturing techniques that are having the biggest impact on reducing the cost of mass produced lightweight vehicles.