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Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit Rebranded


The 5th edition of the Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Detroit Summit has been rebranded as the Lightweight Materials and EV Body Structures Manufacturing Technologies Summit. The event will occur in Detroit, Michigan, on February 21-22, 2018.

Automotive OEMs are currently utilizing mixed-material components for automotive manufacturing to optimize structural integrity and achieve weight reduction objectives. This is evident in conventional vehicles where the ETA has set a mandate for 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Exclusive to the 2018 summit, the event will host a top-level industry panel discussion on understanding how EV vehicles will impact manufacturing and joining technologies, featuring senior decision-makers from global OEMs.The influx of electric vehicles places further emphasis on the production of lightweight vehicle body structures, as vehicles are required to integrate heavy battery packs into lightweight body structures to enhance drive range and performance.

The 2018 Lightweight Materials event will continue to deliver lightweighting innovations and practical solutions focusing on dissimilar material joining, corrosion mitigation, and manufacturing new-age materials for vehicle large-scale production. As part of the world renowned GALM Series and with over 400 attendees in 2017, this is a key industry event for understanding the latest innovations, discussing current trends, and discovering practical solutions associated with lightweight vehicle body structure production.


Leading OEMs, such as Ford, General Motors, Faraday Future, and others, will be providing design solutions, material strategies, and lightweighting insights at the event.

A selection of light metal presentations includes:

  • Strategies And Technologies Currently Available To Eliminate Galvanic Corrosion For Metallic Body Structure – Michael Danyo, Technical Specialist – Aluminum Structures, Ford Motor Company
  • Joining Of Aluminum Extrusions In Automotive Applications – David A. Lukasak, Director Innovation & Technology, Hydro Extruded Solutions North America
  • Successfully Joining Composites To Aluminum Using Structural Adhesive: To Achieve Flexibility And Thicker Bond Line – Fardi Haddadi, Process Engineering Specialist, Faraday Future
  • Solutions To Resistance Spot Welding Of AHSS & Novel Process For Welding Aluminum To Steel – Menachem Kimchi, Advanced Materials Joining, Ohio State University
  • Magnesium Sheets Panels Forming And Discover Whether It Is Viable For Mass Production – Fadi AbuFarha, Assistant Professor, Clemson University

New features for 2018:

  • EV/Hybrid Vehicle Design: Stepping Into Future Vehicle Requirements; Examine How Joining And Manufacturing Processes Will Be Adapted For EV/Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Corrosion Mitigation Strategies: Showcasing The Latest Industry Best Practice And Technologies For Corrosion Mitigation In Mixed Material Structures.
  • Welding Solutions For UHSS to Aluminum: Case Study Taking You Through The Most Effective Process For Aluminum To UHSS
  • Thermal Expansion: Address The Expansion Properties Of Dissimilar Material Properties After Painting Process
  • Magnesium Focus: Detailed Analysis And Evaluation Of Magnesium Component Manufacturing

Key OEM speakers also include:

  • Elie M. Tohme, Director of Body Engineering, Karma Automotive
  • Antonio Mercado, BIW Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Faraday Future
  • Dr. Huaxin Li, Material/Welding Technical Specialist, General Motors
  • Abhay Vadhavka, Senior Technical Manager, Ford Motors
  • Dr Salman Kahn, Senior CAE Lead, Faraday Future
  • Dr. Paul J. Wolcott, Applications Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, General Motors
  • Raj Sohmshetty, Group Leader – Advanced Steel Technology, Manufacturing Research Department, R&A Engineering, Ford Motor Company

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