Europe Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium 2014


Managing Partner

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Tel: +49 172 6000569


Managing Partner

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Tel: +1 248 9625086


ALUMAG® successfully organized the first ‘Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium’ from the 5th – 7th of October 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Duesseldorf, Germany.

The “Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium” is the only international symposium focused on automotive lightweighting, supply chain and procurement management.  The symposium is 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 equiptment producers from all over the world.

The ‘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 were some of the topics 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.


Download Symposium Brochure Incl All Presentation Documents (66 MB)

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


Day II – Opening Keynote:

Mr. Thomas HEUSSER – I/PG-A3W Head Of Production Technology Develop-ment – Production – Materials – Processes – Audi AG


Mr. Arne LAKHEIT – I/PG Vice President Manufacturing Engineering & Process Planning – Audi AG

Structural Lightweighting – New Materials & Advanced Processes

Day II – Paper 1:

Mr. Christian KLEINHANS – Managing Partner – Berylls Strategy Advisors GmbH

Outlook Of The Global BIW Lightweighting 2025: Needs – Markets – Collaboration

Day II – Paper 2:

Ms. Xiong HUI, – Chief Analyst – Beijing Antaike Information

Market Trends & Development Of Aluminum In China: Production – Price Building – Products

Day II – Paper 3:

Day II – Paper 4:

Mr. Kouichi AKIYAMA – Research Director, Composite Materials Development Center – Mitsubishi Rayon Co., LTD

Development Of PCM (Prepreg Compression Molding) Technology

Day II – Paper 5:

Day II – Paper 6:

Dr. Markus HERMLE – Manager CAE, Interior Safety & Durability At Mercedes-Benz Cars – Daimler AG

Lightweight Design – Challenges In Development Process

Day II – Closing Keynote:

Day III – Paper 1:

Mr. Dario VILLARREAL – Managing Partner – Citius Capital S.A. de C.V.

Site Selection In Mexico: Doing It Right!

Day III – Paper 2:

Mr. Klaus DECKING – Head of Market Communication, Sales Support, Business Development & New Markets Sales – Georg Fischer

Cost Comparison Of Iron, Aluminum, Magnesium vs. Composite Solutions

Day III – Paper 3:

Dr. Wolfgang ZITZ – Vice President Magna Steyr Operation – Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG

Lightweight Body Solutions By Magna Steyr

Day III – Paper 4:

Dr. Xin ZHANG – Assistant Manager of Design Group – R&D North America Inc.

Competitive Development Based On Lightweight & Cost Balance

Dr. Bing LIU – Director & COO – R&D North America Inc.

Day III – Paper 5:


In all 93 delegates registered for the 2014 Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium.


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 selected foreign languages. 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 Exhibition.




ALUMAG® Symposium was highly recognized

F-Tech Inc.

“Compliment for the excellent selection of topics”

Mr. Thomas Heußer – I/PG-A3W Head Of Production Technology Development – Production – Materials – Processes
Audi AG

“Could not have done it better considering it being the first event.
The next will be even better….!”

Marcello Fabbroni – Head of Product Management & Marketing
Bühler Druckguss AG

“Great Lightweight Automotive Event…!”

Mr. Donald Jubel – President and CEO
Mr. Bruce Breitzman – COO & Executive Vice President Sales & Business Development
Spartan Light Metal Products

“You have organized a very interesting event, that worked great from the perspective of the participants and speakers”

Mr. Christian Kleinhans – Managing Partner
Berylls Strategy Advisors GmbH