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With The Following Job Titles:

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
  • 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
  • Aluminum Suppliers
  • Magnesium Suppliers
  • Advanced Composite Suppliers(I.E. Carbon Fiber Composites)
  • Recycling/Scrap Metal

2020 Summit Agenda

Day One: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Advances And Best Practices In Mixed-Material Forming, Joining, Welding, Adhesive Bonding, Additive Manufacturing, Simulation Of Processes For Greater Manufacturing Efficiency, Including Case Studies From Other Industries

07:30   Coffee And Registration

09:00   Chair's Welcome And Introduction

Elie Tohme, Director, Body Engineering, Research & Development, Strategic Planning, Karma Automotive

Advances In Joining, Forming And Bonding For Optimized Lightweighting


09:10  Emerging Transformative Technologies In Joining, Forming And Bonding Processes For Multi-Material Manufacturing From Different Industries Including Military And Aerospace

Automotive manufacturing innovation and sustainability requires not only OEM competitor benchmarking but also an understanding of the latest thinking in related industries.  This opening panel includes case studies on key applications and how people are doing things differently in other industries that could benefit automotive industry processes and manufacturing.

  • What do BEV platforms mean for materials and processes, including mainstream high volume, premium and ultra-premium vehicles?
  • Manufacturability and processing developments for lightweighting including steel laminated sheet; hot stamped aluminum; GigaPascal steels; advanced composites     
  • Manufacturing technology advances to achieve safer, higher density in battery packaging and integration into the structure
  • What are the lessons for innovation from experiences in aerospace, motorsport and other industries?

Elie Tohme, Director, Body Engineering, Research & Development, Strategic Planning, Karma Automotive

Hank Bonutti, Advanced Technology Manager, New Technology Vetting, Vehicle Materials Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Mahindra North American Technology Center

Edwin Pope, Global Lightweighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

10:20  Questions and Discussion


09:55  Working Towards Bonding A Complete Body Together With Structural Adhesives For Optimized Lightweighting With Minimal Use Of Fasteners And Riveting

  • Technologies towards the bonding of complete body structures
  • What is the future for bonding in the optimization of vehicle structures?
  • Best practices for high quality adhesive bonding - including adhesive use in welding processes

10:25  Advances In Engineering And Manufacturing Process Modeling And Assembly Simulation For Faster Vehicle Launch In The Market At Lower Cost

  • Enabling a new generation of lightweight, flexibly assembled ICEVs, BEVs and PHEVs with leader-in-class quality

Dr. Ing. Fouad el Khaldi, Strategy and Innovation General Manager, ESI Group

10.50  Questions & Discussion

11.00  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area


11:30  Novel Lightweight Highway Vehicle Development Via 'Closed Loop' CAE  Simulations And Physical Testing 

  • Trends in lightweighing highway transportation vehicles
  • Using raw material characteristics in CAE simulation for optimal design performance   
  • Application of closed-loop analysis and testing design process
  • Development of large vehicle assemblies for efficient manufacture

Dr. Andrzej Wylezinski PE, Structural Engineering Manager, Wabash National Corp.

11.55  Questions & Discussion


12:00  Multi-Scale Modeling And Simulation Of Vehicle Parts Development And Manufacturing Involving Composite Materials

  • Overcoming the challenges in more intricate modelling of structural parts with discontinuous, non-homogeneous composite materials including carbon or other bases
  • Case examples of modelling plasticity, damage, and failure aspects of metal alloys for use in automotive component development
  • Simulating the whole process including structural behaviour under both joining and crash,

Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Staff Researcher, Polymer Composites, R&D Technical Center and Principal Investigator, Department of Energy Project, General Motors

12.25  Questions & Discussion


12:30  Innovations In Joining Using Flow Fastening Technology For Greater Flexibility And Efficiency

Boris Baeumler, Senior Applications Engineer, DEPRAG

12.55  Questions & Discussion

13:00  Networking Lunch In Exhibition Area


14:00  Implementation Of High Energy Scan In Advanced R&D And Optimization In The Design Of A Lightweight Sheet Aluminum Battery Enclosure

  • The latest Digital Twin technology and its implementation in automotive
  • How did this technology accelerate automotive design?
  • Advanced benchmarking, design and analysis
  • Experience in efficiently developing an optimized-design lightweight aluminium battery enclosure

Samy Paneerselvam,Technical Director, Head of CAE Performance and Testing, Caresoft Global

14.25  Questions & Discussion


14:30  Manufacturing Process Enhancement Through Additive Applications For Prototyping And Low To High Volume Production

  • Experiences with the adoption of additive manufacturing with metals and composites
  • Where can additive manufacturing be integrated into serial manufacturing for high volume production now? In future?
  • Developments in additive with metals including selective laser melting, laser metal deposition and binder jetting
  • Potential for the manufacture of integrated complex structures with additive

Shea Nyquist, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Drako Motors

14:55  Question and Answer Session

Solving Real World Challenges In Joining And Welding Dissimilar Materials


15:00  MultiMaterial-Welding - Next Generation Joining Technology For Lightweight And Multi-Material Designs

  • Can an innovation from the medical industry revolutionize the automotive world?
  • Adopting MultiMaterial-Welding technology to enable joining of different materials by creating a mechanical form-lock
  • Addressing the challenges of vehicle manufacture from lightweight design to cost reduction in manufacturing processes
  • MultiMaterial-Welding as a joining technology platform - multiple technologies, tools and software solutions for real-time, non-destructive quality control based on machine learning

Gregor Eckhard, CEO, MultiMaterial-Welding

Matthias Mitter, Category Manager, Bossard

15:25   Question and Answer Session

15:30  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area - Sponsored by MultiMaterial-Welding And Bossard


16:00  Fastening And Joining Advances With Flow Drilling And Thread Rolling Screws

  • Flow Drilling innovation advances- FastFlow® FDS, FlowStud™ FDS®  and OptiCalc™ FDS® predictive software tool
  • Thread rolling technology for high strength steel materials and new technology advances

Dr. Brandt Ruszkiewicz, Lead Development Engineer, Semblex Corp.

16.25  Questions & Discussion


16:35  What Can We Learn From Experiences With Joining Best Practices In Aerospace And Other Industries For Automotive Applications?

Focus On Advances In Hybrid Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding And Friction Stir Welding (FSW) Processes

  • Solving real world challenges in joining and welding dissimilar materials
  • Exploring how other industries do their manufacturing
  • Key thinking on their processes and learnings for automotive

Dr. Jerry Jones, Professor and Inventor, Process Research and Development, EnergYnTech, Oklahoma Wind Technology Facility and Colorado School Of Mines 

17.00  Questions & Discussion


17:10  Taking Ultrasonic Welding To The Next Level For Composite Structures And Battery Pack Manufacture

  • Exploring opportunities to replace copper with aluminum for conductive applications in EVs
  • Robust high quality solutions for joining copper and aluminum in battery pack connectors and other electrical system applications
  • Overcoming the manufacturing and joining process quality challenges with ultrasonic welding

17.35  Questions & Discussion

17:45  Chair's Day One Closing Remarks - Followed By Networking Drinks Reception For All Attendees


Day 2: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Optimizing Lower Volume Production With Industry 4.0, Flexible Cells And Lines, AI And Vision Sensing For Quality Control, Improving Metals Manufacturability And Sustainable Alternatives To Plastics

08:00  Coffee and Registration

09:00  Chair's Welcome and Introduction

Reducing Costs And Increasing Efficiency Of Manufacturing With Industry 4.0 From Mass Market To Lower Customized Production Volumes


09:10  Effective Solutions For Production Of Customized, Affordable EV And Autonomous Vehicles With Increased Profitability

  • Exploiting the use of common vehicle platforms / single underbodies in manufacturing to increase viability
  • Adopting lightweighting technology and manufacturing innovation for EV chassis and vehicle platforms beyond the skateboard
  • Reducing part count for manufacture through functional integration of cooling and other systems into the structure
  • The future for pre-designed modules with proven techniques including chassis, suspension and powertrain

Dr. Youseff Ziada, Technical Specialist, Digital Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company

Antonio Mercado, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Karma Automotive

Dr. Ing. Fouad el Khaldi, Strategy and Innovation General Manager, ESI Group

09:40  Questions and Discussion


09:50  How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Be Used In The Manufacturing And Assembly Processes To Ensure Effective Quality Control

  • The role for integrated vision systems and lasers to optimize component positioning and joining
  • Learning processes on automated fit and assembly
  • Improving quality and reducing variability through automated inspection and self-learning with AI-enabled camera vision systems
  • Use of algorithms for control and monitoring during manufacturing processes
  • Cost effective solutions in the automation of non destructive testing (NDT) in the assembly plant

10:20  Questions and Discussion


10:30  Implications Of Platform And Architecture, Including Skateboard, Uniframe And Unibody, For Vehicle Assembly And Manufacturing On The Same Line

  • The trend to more flexible production line technology with increasing customization and use of new flexible cells
  • Importance of the speed of switchover between vehicles on the same production line
  • Adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and jigless assembly for faster time to market and customization, enabling manufacture of different vehicle types from SUVs to trucks on the same assembly line
  • Maximizing manufacturing efficiency and flexibility with cobots and autonomous material handling robots
  • Realizing the potential of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to simplify integration and reduce process complexity

Edwin Pope, Global Lightweighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

11:00  Questions and Discussion

11:10  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area


11:40  Aluminium Innovations Towards Delivering Lighter, Stronger, More Sustainable And Higher Performance Vehicle Structures For The New Generation Of ICEVs, BEVs And PHEVs

Lauren Wilk, Vice President, Policy & International Trade, The Aluminum Association

Antonio Mercado, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Karma Automotive

12:20  Questions and Discussion

Carbon Fiber And Composite Structures In High Volume Manufacturing


12:25  Adopting Structural Composites In The Manufacture Of Advanced Components With Low Cycle Times

  • Developments in compression molding
  • Advances in thermoset and thermoplastic resins with improved peformance
  • High pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) for thermosets and thermoplastics
  • Fiber Tailored Placement (FTP) as an alternative to traditional metal stamping
  • Potential for optimizing body structures through integration of stress sensing  fiber optics for strain monitoring and measurement
  • Looking to aerospace standardization to increase composite use

Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Staff Researcher, Polymer Composites, R&D Technical Center and Principal Investigator, Department of Energy Project, General Motors

Dr. Raymond Boeman, Director, Vehicles Technology Area, Institute For Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

13:00  Networking Lunch In Exhibition Area

Processing, Forming And Joining Of High Strength Steels And Aluminum


14.00  Improving The Manufacturability Of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS), Including Stamping And Hot Forming, For A New Generation Of EVs

  • Emerging transformative technologies in forming and joining
  • Achieving dimensional control with vehicle bodies and closures involving metal structures
  • Transforming 1020 steel into ultra-high strength steel that rolls and bends like 1020 using flash heat treating technology
  • Looking ahead: The potential for more agile manufacturing and lower cost processing


John Catterall, Vice President, Automotive Program, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)


Michael Davenport PE, Executive Director, Auto / Steel Partnership (A/SP)

Adam Ballard, Innovation Lead Engineer, Body Structures and Integrated Systems, Body SMT Innovations Team, General Motors

Hank Bonutti, Advanced Technology Manager, New Technology Vetting, Vehicle Materials Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Mahindra North American Technology Center

Dr. Hesham Ezzat, Senior Technical Consultant, Automotive Program (formerly Engineering Group Manager, General Motors), AISI


14:45  Innovative Approaches For Optimal Joining Of Steel And Aluminum To Overcome Process Defects

  • Adopting enhanced joining and manufacturing processes for integrating aluminum into mixed-material vehicle structures
  • Enhanced solutions to joining new high strength steels and aluminum to overcome liquid metal embrittlement (LME)
  • Optimizing the choice of new steels and aluminum alloys for high volume, lower cost vehicle production

Adam Ballard, Innovation Lead Engineer, Body Structures and Integrated Systems, Body SMT Innovations Team, General Motors

15.10  Questions and Discussion

15:15  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area


15:45  Adopting A New Generation Of Hybrid, Laminated Materials And Aluminum Matrix Composites For Automotive Manufacturing Applications To Optimize Mass, Strength And Stiffness As Well As Reduce Material Costs

  • How hybridizing can reduce material costs significantly
  • Potential for honeycomb sandwich materials
  • Overcoming the challenges with exotic / hybrid materials in terms of incompatible chemistries, thermal loads, water absorption and corrosion
  • Composite sandwich construction without fasteners for low cost, thermally efficient lightweight body structures in commercial vehicles and class 8 trucks
  • Transforming the forming process using sandwich vacuum infusion and deep draw design to manufacture composite body structures

Dr. Andrzej Wylezinski PE, Structural Engineering Manager, Wabash National Corp.

Dr. Raymond Boeman, Director, Vehicles Technology Area, Institute For Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

Engineering Polycarbonates And Plastics Development For Automotive Applications

16:20  Manufacturing With Engineering Polycarbonates And Plastics For Higher Performance And Lower Costs

  • Adopting polycarbonates for exteriors as a low cost alternative to carbon fiber and aluminium for environmentally sustainable manufacturing
  • Benefits and challenges of using polycarbonates compared with steel, aluminium and composites
  • Surface coatings and treatments for polycarbonate durability in automotive applications
  • Use of graphene nano-polymer materials that can deliver high production volumes at lower cost

16:45  Questions and Discussion

Vehicle Development And Manufacture For Zero-Emission Lifecycle & Environmental Sustainability


16:50  Moving To Adoption Of A Zero Emission Overall Lifecycle In Vehicle Development, Manufacturing And End-Of-Life Recycling

  • Implications of zero-emission lifecycle vehicle development and manufacturing
  • Energy demand issues with materials production and joining
  • What is the future for polycarbonates and plastics?
  • Potential for natural fibers as a low cost carbon fiber replacement
  • What is the potential of recycling for reducing composite materials costs?

Lauren Wilk, Vice President, Policy and International Trade, The Aluminum Association

John Catterall, Vice President, Automotive Program, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

Edwin Pope, Global Lightweighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

17:25 Chair's Closing Remarks - Followed by Apple TV and Champagne Draw

17:30 End Of Conference



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Continuing Its Annual Output Of Technical Discussions And Networking Opportunities

This Summit Brings Together The Latest OEM Case Studies Looking At The Joining, Forming And Manufacturing Of Lightweight Materials

This exciting two-day agenda will feature the latest case studies on the practical application of the latest manufacturing technologies for joining, forming and quality assurance applicable to a wide spectrum of materials. Looking at the most suitable manufacturing processes for diverse strength aluminum, steel, magnesium and composites, no similar event will provide the same depth of knowledge and level of details to aid the cost effective and process efficient adoption of new technologies.


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