With the main focus on Aluminium, Carbon Fiber, Composites, High Strength Steel and Magnesium, the 3rd AluMag Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium took place at COBO Center in Detroit from November 9th till 11th, 2015. 115 OEM´s, Tier I and II as well as Equipment Manufacturers executives participated at this event. The symposium which focus on automotive lightweight supply chain and procurement management was kicked of on Monday night with a networking reception in the exhibition area where 8 participating companies presented there products & technology just outside the symposium hall. Under the exhibitors where Grupo BOCAR, Aluminum Blanking Company, Bharat Forge, EJOT, Whitehall Industries, CPC, ACTech as well as Kurtz Metals. The key note speakers where both from Ford; Mr. Craig Renneker – Ford Chief Engineer – New A/T Programs & Component – Transmission & Driveline provided an inside into Fords practical challenges on Lightweight Transmission & Driveline Components, while Mr. Ali Jammoul – Ford Global Director Body Exterior And Safety Engineering presented Ford body lightweighting.
A total of 11 papers where presented covering topics like: Lightweighting Heavy Duty Class 8 Tractors and Trailers, Analysis Of Cost Drivers When Buying Lightweight Solutions / Materials And The Elimination Of These, Chassis & Suspension Weight Reduction By LPDC Aluminum With Hollow Cross Sections, HCM And Aluminum Forging – Partnership To Birth Chassis Parts’ Safety, Key Factors To Achieve Mechanical Properties In Lightweight Structural Parts, Fastening Solutions Enable Lightweight Body-in-white Assembly, The Story Behind Aluminum’s Sourcing Evolution: A North America Perspective, just to name a few. The presentations, breaks, lunches and receptions all take place in the exhibition are so every participant get the maximum time to network during this short 1 1/2 day symposium. On Wednesday afternoon Reed exhibition sponsored the final luncheon which was then followed by a visit to the Aluminum Extrusion exhibition.
Key facts and pictures of the symposium can be viewed bellow: