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International Automotive OEMs With The Following Job Titles:

Directors, Chiefs, Heads of, Managers And Specialists In The Following Areas:
  • Lightweighting
  • Lightweight Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Mass, Energy and Aerodynamics
  • Complete Vehicle Engineering
  • Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Group Engineering
  • Engineering - Body Engineering
  • Vehicle Architecture Engineering
  • Body Structures
  • Lightweight Construction and Vehicle Weight
  • Technical Development
  • Technology Development - Composites
  • Polymers and Fluids
  • Materials Concepts
  • Co2 Technology Innovations
  • Material Development

Plus Industry Stakeholders From...

  • Raw Material Suppliers Of Aluminium, Magnesium, Steel
  • Carbon Fibre Producers
  • Tier 1 & Tier 2 Suppliers
  • Welding Suppliers
  • Joining Service Providers
  • Forming Specialists
  • Resin, Additive And Coating Suppliers
  • Experts In High Pressure Die Casting
  • Composites Processors
  • Market Analysts And Consultants
  • Technologists In RTM
  • Engineers And Designers
  • Equipment And Machinery Manufacturers
  • Waste Management Facilitators
  • Acrylic And Alternative Fibre Producers
  • Carbon Fibre Recyclers
  • Technical Leaders In Superformed Components
  • Academics And Researchers In Materials

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials 2014

The past two years have seen rapid developments in automotive lightweighting efforts with the eagerly anticipated release of the BMW I Series, Mercedes S-Class, Lamborghini Aventator, McLaren P1 and the 420kg weight reduction of the Range Rover to name a few. With Aluminium and Carbon Fibre emerging as what seem to be the front runners in achieving lightweight results in luxury brands, it is still unclear which material combination will dominate the mass market.

Despite the above ground-breaking achievements in key areas, OEMs are still searching to develop strategies and technical solutions for cost-effectively integrating lightweight materials into multi-material vehicles and securing lightweight materials and components on a global platform.

As OEMs begin to reveal their material strategies and expand beyond their domestic markets, the need to secure global material and tier 1 supplier capability has never been more important.

This year, the internationally renowned Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM) Initiative returned to London with the mission of

  • Supporting the delivery of aggressive lightweighting by securing the global supply base for aluminium, magnesium, high strength steel and composites
  • Integrating joining and forming technologies for multi-material manufacturing to enable commercially feasible, high volume, lightweight vehicle manufacturing on a global platform.
                                   WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR?
BRAND NEW 1. Onsite Exhibition Of Body-In-White And Complete Vehicles:

Our brand new Vehicle Showcase Area hosted lightweight body in whites from OEMs including Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren to give participants a first hand view of recently released lightweight vehicles and allowed speakers to elaborate on their presentations in the extended networking breaks

BRAND NEW 2. Overcoming Global Challenges Of Lightweighting:

As OEMs expand beyond their domestic markets and begin implementing global platform strategies, this year the series took an increased focus on the global availability of raw materials, manufacturing capabilities and tier 1 support to enable the production of vehicles on a global scale

BRAND NEW 3. Mercedes-Benz Debut Keynote On Award Winning S-Class:

Mercedes-Benz made their GALM debut with a bang by delivering the Opening Keynote on their award winning S-Class. And that's not all... Matthias Hoefer brought the Body-In-White to the showcase area allowing you to get up-close and personal with the aluminium and steel hybrid structure

BRAND NEW 4. Business Case For Material Mix Keynote:

Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors and Nissan provided perspectives on justifying the business cases for material decisions based on cost of material, cost of scale up, performance benefit, and total CO2 model lifecycle

BRAND NEW 5. Metals Recycling:

Simon Black revealed Jaguar Land Rovers cost-efficient and low-energy approaches for collecting, segregating, and reusing recycled scrap material after the life of the vehicle

BRAND NEW 6. Global Tier 1 Capability:

In response to audience demand, this year in addition to an expanded Material Suppliers Panel, Tier 1 suppliers featured on stage revealing strategic visions for supporting increased automotive demand and responding to the changing material needs of vehicle OEMs in 2014 and beyond

BRAND NEW 7. McLaren P1 Showcase How To Design For Manufacturing Of Composites:

A brand new presentation was delivered by Andy Smith, Principal Engineer for Composite Research, focusing on how to take advantage of reduced assembly costs, enhanced structural strength and substantial weight reductions

BRAND NEW 8. Aluminium Coating And Treating:

In response to heightened use of Aluminium in Body Structures, this year a technical session focused on treating and coating aluminium structural components to maintain structural integrity in adverse environments, avoid degradation of performance, resist corrosion and improve optical performance

BRAND NEW 9. Increased Focus On Composite Forming & Repair Strategy:

In response to increased OEM use of Composites, this year the morning of day two featured sessions analysing the processing techniques of Thermoset vs. Thermoplastic composites and showcasing how to design for manufacturing of carbon fibre to maximise the benefits of composite material

BRAND NEW 10. Forming Of Aluminium:

This year an additional in depth analysis comparing and contrasting stamping, extrusions, casting and forging was included to identify optimal forming technique per application

BRAND NEW 11. Optimizing Through Lightweight Design:

Briefings on part consolidation, packaging efficiency and designing for fiber reinforced composite structures were also introduced into the programme

BRAND NEW 12. CAE Simulation:

With increased use of lightweight materials in multi material vehicles, OEMs require state of the art CAE software to allow for accurate modelling of lightweight and multi-material vehicles, learn how they are using this technology and their future demands. 

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What Makes GALM The Industry Leading Event?

  • OVER 1000 ATTENDEES: Since launch, the GALM series has doubled in size hosting over 1000 automotive professional attendees so far from over 50 of the world's leading OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in automotive lightweighting
  • OEM LED: With an OEM-led agenda and more OEM speakers than any other lightweighting forum, the GALM series is globally renowned for being the key lightweighting conference for automotive manufacturers
  • PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS: Every session on the agenda for this conference has been designed not simply to assess the challenges and problems, but primarily to deliver practical, applicable takeaway solutions based on successful and not so successful case studies from pioneering OEMs who are at the front line of automotive lightweighting
  • MATERIAL SUPPLIERS PANEL: With the reliability and availability of material supply being a critical driver in lighweighting roll-out, we will be hosting a dedicated material suppliers section including a panel addressing global availability and revealing supplier plans for supporting the increased demand of automotive lightweight materials
  • EXTENDED PANEL DISCUSSIONS: With idea generation, technical debate and strategic discussion being key to scaling up the manufacture of lightweight vehicles, there will be extended discussions and Q&A sessions throughout, in addition to the 20 case study presentations.
  • NETWORKING: Enjoy 8 hours of exclusive networking opportunities between the presentations and discussions, including a networking drinks reception at the end of day one; the perfect setting to discuss ideas and progress with colleagues, peers, new acquaintances and potentially, new partners


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