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Materials Innovations Summit

November 9 @ 7:45 am - 11:45 am

The Role of Lightweighting in Mobility’s Evolution

Sponsored by:

Networking Continental Breakfast 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Presentations and Awards 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Advanced materials are essential for boosting the fuel economy of modern automobiles while maintaining safety and performance. As the mobility industry evolves toward hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and electric vehicles, advanced materials take on a greater significance. Using lightweight materials in these vehicles can offset the weight of power systems such as batteries and electric motors, improving efficiency and increasing their all-electric range.

Lightweight structural materials in vehicles can also allow emission control systems, safety devices, and integrated electronic systems without increasing the overall weight of the vehicle. The roles and benefits of aluminum, steel, plastics, rubber, and magnesium in vehicles today will be examined and discussed at this SAA event.

Speakers include:

Keynote Speaker
Mathew Vachaparampil

CEO, Caresoft Global


Material Trends in Mobility
Abey Abraham, Ducker Carlisle

Steel Industry
Michael Davenport, Auto Steel Partnership

Aluminum Industry
Craig Lewis, Aluminum Transportation Group Vice Chair
Vice President, Strategic Transformation, Constellium

Magnesium Industry
Jon Weiler, International Magnesium Association and Chief Engineer, Meridian

Rubber Industry
Dr. Paul J. Hochgesang, Fellow, Materials Development, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Composite/Plastics Industry
Brian Krull, Global Director of Innovation, Magna Exteriors

Q & A Moderated by
Jamie Butters, Executive Editor, Automotive News

Innovations In Lightweighting Finalist Presentations and Award

Hosted by:

$79 members

$149 non-members (includes 1-year SAA membership)




November 9
7:45 am - 11:45 am
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Magna Exteriors Advanced Development Innovation Center
1067 Centre Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326 United States
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