N. America Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium 2015

Jost GAERTNER

Managing Partner

Contact Details
Tel: +49 172 6000569
j.gaertner@alumag.com

ROBERTO BOEKER

Managing Partner

Contact Details
Tel: +1 248 9625086
r.boeker@alumag.com

REVIEW:

With the main focus on Aluminum, 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.

SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Download Symposium Brochure Incl All Presentation Documents (49 MB)

Mr. Jost Gärtner – Managing Partner – AluMag Automotive GmbH

Welcome

Day II – Opening Keynote:

Mr. Craig RENNEKER – Chief Engineer, New A/T Programs & Component – Transmission & Driveline Engineering – Ford Research & Innovation Center

Lightweight Transmission & Driveline Components: Practical Challenges

Day II – Paper 1:

Mr Mike ROETH – Executive Director – North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) & Operations Leader – Carbon War Room

Lightweighting Heavy Duty Class 8 Tractors and Trailers

Karl MAYER – Director Product Line Management – Meritor

Day II – Paper 2:

Day II – Paper 3:

Mr. Lothar HARTMANN – General Manager Business Unit Foundry Machines – Kurtz GmbH

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

Mr. Kevin CROY – NAFTA Sales Manager Foundry Machines & Trimming Presses – Kurtz GmbH

Day II – Paper 4:

Mr. Joerg MANTWILL – Director Sales – Bharat Forge Aluminiumtechnik GmbH & Co. KG

HCM And Aluminum Forging – Partnership To Birth Chassis Parts’ Safety

Day II – Paper 5:

Mr. Gary F. RUFF – President And Chief Executive Officer – Ruff And Associates, LLC

Advanced Counter Pressure Casting Process For Light-Weighting Of Auto & Truck Chassis & Suspension Components

Day II – Closing Keynote:

Mr. Gilberto SALDIVAR – New Projects Group Manager – Bocar Group

Key Factors To Achieve Mechanical Properties In Lightweight Structural Parts

Day III – Opening Keynote:

Mr. Ali JAMMOUL – Global Director Body Exterior And Safety Engineering – Ford

Body Lightweighting

Day III – Paper 1:

Dr. Gerald S. COLE – Director Lightweight Operations – Automotive Insight LLC

Light Weighting the Automotive Industry – The Road to 2025 CAFÉ

Day III – Paper 2:

Mr. Laurence CLAUS – President Of NMI Training & Consulting Inc. & Technical Consultant To EJOT Fastening Systems LP USA

EJOT Fastening Solutions Enable Lightweight Body-in-white Assembly

Day III – Paper 3:

Dr. Akio NIIKURA – General Manager R&D Division – UACJ Corp.

UACJ’s Global Strategy And Approach To The Automotive Aluminum Market

Day III – Paper 4:

Mr. Lawrence E. BROWN – Executive Director At Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow!!!!
(Not available for download)

Ms. Laura ANDERSON – President & CEO – Aluminum Blanking Company

The Story Behind Aluminum’s Sourcing Evolution: A North America Perspective

DELEGATE STATISTICS:

In all 115 delegates registered for the 2015 N. America Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium.

THE SYMPOSIUM IN SHORT:

At the North America Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium you have the chance to listen and interchange with executive speakers and delegates from the aluminum, magnesium, steel & composite industry. Lightweighting, supply chain and procurement management will be the main theme and localization, best buy country and make or buy are some of the topics to be presented. OEMs will express their needs & expectations from the supplier and technology as well as lightweighting side while Tiers will showcase their leading weight reduction solutions, joining technologies, material and process hybrid components.

Who Should Attend:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • Expected number of participants – 100+
  • Number of executive speakers – 14+
  • Presentation language – English
  • Includes a lightweight technology exhibition
  • Features three days of networking including three receptions

SYMPOSIUM VENUE:

The Cobo Center in Detroit (Conference Room Nr. 360) is the venue for the North America Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium 2015.

IMPRESSIONS DAY I:

IMPRESSIONS DAY II:

IMPRESSIONS – DAY III

REFERENCES:

“It was a very good event. Thanks to you and Alumag for bringing such a great event to N. America.”

Mr. Steve Church
President & CEO – Gibbs Die Casting.

“First of all, many thanks for the invitation. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and the exhibition. It was nice to see companies around the globe with so many products.

I actually have no critical comments for improvements, so please continue the way you are going.”

Dr. Anil Sachdev
R&D Manager Light Metal System – GM

“It was the best light-weighting venue ever. The audience and the speakers covered the globe, and the presentations were very technical.  It was quite unusual that the hosts are experts in the field too!  Of course, the primary reason to attend is to network and with one connection, we have already processed a NDA and are developing material specifications toward an improved aluminum alloy.  

I am a little curious why the event title included the word “procurement?”  This almost deterred me from attending as I thought it was targeted to purchasing people.”

Mr. Andrew Halonen
Business Development – NanoAl LLC

“Thanks for having introduced many new contacts”

Mr. Jo Tamiya
Sales Group Leader, Die Casting Division – Ryobi Limited

“We got interesting informations and made some connections with suppliers. Thank you so much.

I hope your symposium grow up to be the one of major conference in US.”

Mr. Kenichi Tokita
Engine Designer – Subaru Research & Development Inc.

“I do not know how to thank you for all your kindness during N. America Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium.

Our members who joined the Symposium were intrigued by their insight on the presentations.

Many thanks again from all of our members for excellent Symposium.”

Mr. Tomoya Yokouchi
Purchase Assistant Manager TSR Development Dept. – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

“You made a perfect job and every time you supported us in a perfect and personalized way.

Even if the trip was a small challenge for us, our stay in Detroit and the Symposium was from our point of view well made.

Of course the location and especially the light conditions at the stage are improvable. But you know this, I am sure. It would be a pleasure for us to be also next year a part of your symposium.”

Mr. Jörg Mantwill
Director Marketing & Sales – Bharat Forge Aluminiumtechnik GmbH

“I enjoyed the time I spent with the team in Detroit.  First class venue, food, audio visual support, program well done, etc.  I think I added a “general overview” for your audience.  Pretty large crowd I thought for the detailed subject matter.  I’d be willing to do it again if travel, etc. worked out.”

Mr. Mike Roeth
Trucking Operations Lead – Carbon War Room

“It was a good event, and I enjoyed participating”

Dr. Gerald Cole
Director Lightweight Operations – Automotive Insight LLC