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Lightweight Summit 2018 Lightweight Construction for Tomorrow's Mobility

Author / Editor: Claus-Peter Köth / Janina Seit

At the Automobile Industry Lightweight Construction Summit 2018, everything revolves around lightweight construction for tomorrow's mobility — in connection with the mega-trends of electrification, autonomous driving and additive manufacturing.

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“Lightweight construction for tomorrow's mobility" is the focus of the Lightweight Construction Summit 2018 in Würzburg on 13 and 14 March.
“Lightweight construction for tomorrow's mobility" is the focus of the Lightweight Construction Summit 2018 in Würzburg on 13 and 14 March.
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At the 13th and 14th of March 2018 the lightweight summit will take place in Wuerzburg

Will lightweight construction get under the wheels in view of the mega trends of electromobility, connectivity and automated driving? On the contrary, the new disciplines give new impetus to lightweight construction. This is because they add to the existing requirements for vehicle architecture, and can only be stemmed with lightweight construction measures, for example in order to comply with weight limits. The motto "the right material, depending on its function in the smallest quantity, and in the right place", coined by Heinrich Timm, Audi's long-standing head of the lightweight construction, also applies to future e-car architectures, and in general to everything that needs to be moved.

In the case of lightweight electric vehicles, the range can be increased and lateral dynamics can be improved, and when it comes to autonomous driving, for instance, the vehicle weight is closely connected to vehicle safety. The keyword is compatibility. Lightweight construction is the essential and central driver of innovation, as lightweight construction is necessary to be able to meet the' legal regulations. This applies to conventional drive concepts, hybrid drives, e-mobility, connected drive and autonomous driving in passenger cars and commercial vehicles alike," explains Christian Planegger in an interview. Planegger, 59 years old, is the founder and investor of AMCS Privatstiftung as well as a new co-owner of Automotive Management Consulting.

Pioneer of Lightweight Construction

The "Automobile Industry Lightweight Construction Summit" is the network event of the pioneers of lightweight construction in automotive engineering. OEMs and suppliers will meet at the Vogel Convention Center in Wuerzburg on March 13 and 14, 2018. In plenary sessions and specialist sessions, they shed light on and discuss the role of lightweight construction for tomorrow's mobility in connection with the mega-trends of electrification, autonomous driving and additive manufacturing.

The Lightweight Construction Summit will be accompanied by a large exhibition, the so-called Lightweight Construction City, with numerous innovations and exhibits. For the first time this year, the start-up campus with new developments and products from universities and start-up companies will be integrated into the exhibition concept.

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Additive Manufacturing and Bionics

In addition to traditional manufacturing processes, which still have great potential, additive manufacturing is regarded as a promising enabler for new integrative lightweight construction concepts. In order to exploit the full potential of the generative process, the design of the components has to be completely rethought and constructed in new ways. Bionics is a source of inspiration in this respect. In a separate specialist session led by Chairman Rainer Kurek, trailblazing applications from the automotive industry, motorsport and aviation will be presented.

Participate and Shape the Future

The exchange between speakers and participants is a central element of the summit. In Q&A sessions or in interactive specialist conferences, each participant has the opportunity to contribute to his or her professional field. A special feature of the summit is the "Meet & Talk"-area, in which speakers will be available after their presentations.

On the evening of the first day of the event, current topics can be discussed further in the extraordinary industrial architecture of the Bürgerbräu Würzburg. Franconian specialties and wines provide the ideal basis to communicate and guarantee a pleasant evening.

Extract from the Program of the Lightweight Summit 2018

OEM Strategies

  • Lightweight construction of the new Audi A8 — Intelligent multi-material mix, Dr. Bernd Mlekusch, Frank Venier, Tim Hämmerle | Audi AG
  • The body of the new BMW 6 Series GT, Klaus Sammer, Robert Pilsl | BMW Group
  • The new Bentley Continental — implementation of a design-oriented lightweight construction concept, Dr. Christian Schübeler | Volkswagen AG; Darren Purvin, Gerd Kröker-Wall | Bentley Motors Ltd.
  • Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Construction — Potentials and Limits, Dr. Thomas Behr | Daimler AG
  • Component manufacturing in the context of e-mobility, Jean-Marc Ségaud | BMW Group
  • Complete rethinking of lightweight construction with subsequent panel discussion, Rainer Kurek | Automotive Management Consulting GmbH

Supplier Strategies

  • Impulses from Altair Engineering, Thyssen Krupp Steel, EDAG, Kamax, Brose, Airex Baltek Banova, AP&T, Simufact Engineering, Tata Steel etc..

Specialist Sessions on the Topics

  • Powertrain & chassis, interior
  • Materials, production and
  • Additive manufacturing and bionics

This article was first published by Automobil Industrie. Executive Editor: Thomas Günnel.

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