Asia Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium 2015


Managing Partner

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Managing Partner

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Tel: +1 248 9625086


ALUMAG® successfully held the 2nd International Asia Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium from the 6th – 8th of July 2015 at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, China. Over 100 executives and experts from several OEM, Tier 1, Tier 2, Equipment Manufacturers, consultants and press attended this event. Some of the topics presented during this symposium were light weighting SUV – the new Audi Q7 in multimaterial car body design, Magna’s global advanced lightweight competences, localization and industrialization of cast aluminum structural components, lightweight solutions in the automotive industry by Voelstapine, high volume aluminum solutions for light weighting or the outlook and hurdles of the Chinese economy and automotive industry to name a few. Over the 3 day event the participants, of which 65% were from Asia, networked and exchanged information. The next ALUMAG® Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium will be focused on the NAFTA market and take place in Detroit from November 9th through the 11th, 2015


Download Symposium Brochure Incl All Presentation Documents (42 MB)

Mr. Jost GAERTNER – Managing Partner – ALUMAG® Automotive GmbH


Day II – Opening Keynote:

Mr. Frank VENIER – Strategy and Innovation – Lightweight Design Centre – Audi AG

Lightweighting SUV – The New Audi Q7 In Multimaterial Car Body Design

Day II – Paper 1 – Part 1:

Mr. Gerhard KRACHLER – Director Advanced Development & Product Strategy – Magna Steyr Engineering AG & Co KG

Magna’s Global Advanced Lightweight Competences

Day II – Paper 1 Part 2:

Mr. Christian JURICEK – Manager R&D Europe – Magna Cosma International

Day II – Paper 2:

Mr. Andreas MUELLER – CEO – DGS Druckguss Systeme AG

Localization And Industrialization Of Cast Aluminum Structural Applications

Day II – Paper 3:

Mr. Li WAN – Vice President – Guangdong Hongtu Technology (Holdings) Co., Ltd

The Development And Application Of Aluminum Alloy High Vacuum Die Casting Technology

Day II – Paper 4:

Mr. Lothar HARTMANN – Managing Director Foundry Machines & Trimming Presses – Kurtz GmbH

Chassis And Suspension Weight Reduction By LPDC Aluminum With Hollow Cross Sections

Day II – Paper 5:

Mr. Peter BERNSCHER – Member Of The Board & Director Automotive Body Parts – Voestalpine Metal Forming GmbH

Lightweight Solutions In The Automotive Industry By Voestalpine

Day II – Closing Keynote:

Mr. Jochen SIEBERT – Managing Partner – JSC Automotive Consulting Co. Ltd.

Outlook And Hurdles Of The Chinese Economy And Automotive Industry

Dinner Speach:

Mr. Rudolf RIEDEL – Group Managing Director – StrikoWestofen GmbH

Profits With Light Metal Castings Start In The Melt Shop

Day III – Opening Keynote:

Prof. Fei XIONG – Chief Engineer & Director of Auto Lightweight Department – Geely

Automotive Lightweight Promoting The Application Of Aluminum

Day III – Paper 1:

Mr. James LIU – Managing Director & Vice President of Asia Auto – Novelis China

High Volume Aluminum Solutions For Lightweighting

Day III – Paper 2:

Dr. Jin HOU – General Manager – Sapa Technology Asia

High performance Aluminum Alloys For Automotive Light-Weighting

Day III – Paper 3:

Mr. Yoshikazu MUKAI – Executive Vice President & Technical Specialist – Kobelco Automotive Aluminum Rolled Products (China) Co,.Ltd – Shanghai Branch

Kobe’s R&D Activities For Automobile Lightweighting


In all 103 delegates registered for the 2015 Shanghai Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium.


The “Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium” is the only international symposium focused on automotive light weighting, supply chain and procurement management.  All symposiums are held in the days leading up to the ALUMINUM Exhibition in Europe (Duesseldorf, Germany) North America (Detroit, USA) and Asia (Shanghai, China). But not only the locations within the triad makes this event international. The delegates as well as the speakers represents international OEMs, Tiers and equipment producers from all over the world.

“Asia Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium” is the first – unique and cutting edge event that brings together the procurement and supply side of lightweight materials and their advanced processes (aluminum, carbon, composites, high strength steel, magnesium as well as thermoplastics) in accompany with cost balance or reduction. Localization, best buy country and make or buy are some of the topics to be presented at the ALUMAG® symposium. The event is designed for procurement executives who are part of the lightweight supply chain and engineering as well as technical sales managers seeking an understanding of the synergy of cost- / weight reduction programs.

The symposium is limited to 140 visitors to ensure a friendly atmosphere for knowledge development and exchange of experience. Slide presentations from international executives representing global technology leading companies will be presented at the symposium. The presentations will be performed in English or Chinese. Live interpretation service will be available. All documents/ slides will only be presented in English.

The Symposium…

  • Brings together the procurement and supply side of lightweight materials in accompany with cost balance or reduction.
  • Agenda features international executive speakers
  • OEMs will express their needs & expectations from the supplier and technology as well as lightweighting side
  • Tiers will showcase their leading weight reduction solutions, joining technologies, material and process hybrid components
  • Includes a lightweight technology exhibition
  • Features three days of networking including three receptions
  • Is held in the days leading up to the “ALUMINUM China“ and „China Diecasting“, both in Shanghai


The Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai was the venue for Asia Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium 2015.




“About the symposium, it was well organized, lecturers kindly prepared English slides, simultaneous interpretation was very good (at least Chinese to English translation). I enjoyed the 3days conference and exhibition including Aluminum China EXPO look-around”

Mr. Yoshiaki Danno
Senior Engineer – Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd

“At the outset , I should congratulate you for bringing all those eminent people of the Industry together under the same roof, it was simply a great effort and believe me, the ball is rolling at a good speed now. I can not comment much on the technical aspect but overall your initiative looked great to me.”

Mr Kalyan Pramanik
Manager Business Development – Alcircle

“You have done an excellent work with the Symposium”

Mr. Piero Parona
Director R&D – RAFFMETAL S.p.A.

“I must say the symposium was in general pretty good, although the conference was held at the same time with other events, which resulted in less turn out.”

Prof. Fei Xiong
Chief Engineer & Director of Auto Lightweight Department – Geely

“The symposium is good and very informative. I’d like to have more presentations in automotive area and information regarding how to replace steel with aluminum.”

Mr. Xiang Wang
Design Engineer – Alcoa Asia Pacific Management Co. Ltd.

Thank you for your well-organized Symposium

Mr. Wang Xinwan –
General Manager – Jiangsu Asia-Pacific Light Alloy Technology Co. Ltd