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Lightweight Design First Lightweighting Summit During Hannover Messe 2019

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

In order to present the versatility of lightweight design on a separate stage, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy is organizing the 1st Lightweighting Summit during the Hannover Messe 2019. Co-organizers are Deutsche Messe AG and the Lightweight Construction Initiative.

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The focus of the first Lightweighting Summit will be on the importance of lightweight construction for Germany within the context of digitalization and internationalization.
The focus of the first Lightweighting Summit will be on the importance of lightweight construction for Germany within the context of digitalization and internationalization.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

Lightweight design is one of the key technologies of the 21st century. This is because lightweight construction represents a simple principle: less weight, reduced energy consumption and emissions with improved functionality. Lightweight design is also a strong innovation driver that can make a decisive contribution to increasing resource and energy efficiency. This is equally important for environmental and climate protection and for strengthening the competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location. Lightweight design, the technology of the future, thus plays an important role in overcoming global challenges. At the same time, lightweight design is a cross-sectional technology that requires close networking and cooperation between the relevant industries, materials and technologies along the value chain over the entire life cycle of a product.

Two keynotes at the beginning of the event form the basis for discussion during the following panels. First, Professor Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, will address the issue of opportunities and challenges posed by the key technology of lightweight construction. Dr. Ralf Fröchtenicht, Purchasing and Supplier Network at BMW AG, will then talk about the importance of lightweight construction for the automotive industry. In addition to the two keynote speakers, Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs of Baden-Württemberg, and Dr. Andreas Gebauer-Teichmann, Group Technology Strategy & Management of Volkswagen AG, will take part in the subsequent panel discussion on the significance of the key technology of lightweight design for Germany as an industrial location.

The key aspects of a lightweight design strategy for the German industry and research sector will be outlined by Professor Dr. Hubert Jäger, Professor of System Lightweight Construction and Mixed Construction at Dresden Technical University and Chairman of the Board of Carbon Composites, and Dr. Peter Dahlmann, Managing Director of the VDEh Steel Institute. The second panel will highlight the dialog on lightweight construction policy and will be held by Dr. Peter Dahlmann, Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, Managing Director of Leichtbau BW GmbH, Ministerial Director Dr. Winfried Horstmann, Head of Industrial Policy at the BMWi, Heinz Gaub, Managing Director Technology at ARBURG, and Hans-Peter Dahm, Managing Director of TGM Lightweight Solutions. Finally, Björn Thümler, Lower Saxony's Minister of Science and Culture, summarizes the event that will end at around 5 pm.

This article was first published by konstruktionspraxis.

Original: Dorothee Quitter / Translation: Alexander Stark

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