Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2012

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2012

Planned for 25-26 April 2012 in London, the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2012 Initiative will present case studies and best practices on the adoption of advanced lightweight materials in the car industry.


Organized by London Business Conferences, the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Initiative 2012 is a two-day event focused on how to cost-effectively source, integrate and manufacture lightweight metallic and composite materials into vehicle systems.

BMW 6 Series - Lightweight Construction It will take place at the Business Design Centre in London, UK on 25 and 26 April 2012.

Among the OEMs involved are BMW, Audi, McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, TATA Motors, Bugatti, Fiat Auto, Ford and Nissan.

The event will offer a 360° analysis of how OEMs are approaching lightweighting challenges to meet emissions targets and deliver improved fuel economy.

During Day One speakers from major OEMs will present case studies and best practices on the adoption, processing and manufacturing of advanced lightweight materials.

McLaren MP4 12C Carbon Mono CellThe presentations will benchmark current approaches and identify remaining barriers through a per material cost benefit analysis managing the trade offs between cost, performance and weight.

On Day Two technical specialists from OEMs and research institutions will introduce the latest developments in the field.

Following that, vehicle OEMs will analyze manufacturing infrastructure concerns, as well as forming and tooling processes and joining of dissimilar materials.

The closing discussions will examine how to decrease energy usage and minimize material wastage across the manufacturing cycle.

The price of attending the conference is £1099 + VAT. A £200 discount is available for registrations made before Friday 17 February 2012.

Jaguar XJ - Body-in-White Jaguar XJ - Body-in-White
The Jaguar XJ is based on a lightweight structure made of aluminum, magnesium and composite alloys, assembled with riveting and bonding processes.

Below we report a selection of the speakers. For more details on the keynotes and the full Conference program you can visit the official website.

  • Mark White (Jaguar Land Rover – Chief Technical Specialist – Lightweight Structures)
  • Dr. Markus Pfestorf (BMW – Manager Material Concepts For Body-In-White Construction)
  • Christoph Haberling (Audi – Environmental Product & Materials Technology)
  • Oliver Schauerte (Bugatti – General Manager)
  • Rosanna Serra (FIAT Group Materials Laboratory Director)
  • Claudio Santoni (McLaren Automotive – Function Group Manager Body Structures)
  • Cliff Aitken (TATA Motors – Group Chief Engineer – Body Engineering)
  • Simon Black (Jaguar Land Rover – Senior Manager Body Structures)
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Photos from the “EV charging infrastructure & Grid Integration 2012” event, organized by London Business Conferences
(Source: London Business Conferences)

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