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Lightweight Construction Summit 2019 Lightweight Design for Better Cars

Author / Editor: Claus-Peter Köth / Alexander Stark

Modern lightweight design is particularly important when intelligent hybrid concepts have to fulfil several functions at the same time. Join the discussion at the "Lightweight Construction Summit" with a simultaneous english translation on 26 and 27 March 2019 in Würzburg, Germany.

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Discussions, expert talks and networking At the lightweight construction summit, the focus is on professional exchange at eye level.
Discussions, expert talks and networking At the lightweight construction summit, the focus is on professional exchange at eye level.
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Experts already know it: Lightweight design results in better cars — urban vehicles, vehicles for long distances as well as people and cargo movers alike, powered by combustion engine, hybrid drive or purely electric. The requirements placed on lightweight design differ, but it has a high priority in all variants. “On an emotional level, e-mobility is currently changing the overall picture of lightweight design drastically — albeit driven by populism. In fact, the importance of lightweight design has not changed. Quite simply, because physics and the law of mass inertia do not change," says Heinrich Timm, member of the Executive Board Carbon Composites e. V.

Lightweight Design at Mercedes-AMG

As a performance brand, Mercedes-AMG pursues an integrated lightweight strategy. Uwe Renz, Head of Body Development, presented this strategy at this year's Lightweight Construction Summit - and called for a paradigm shift in development.

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Prof. Jörg Wellnitz, lightweight design and hydrogen expert at Ingolstadt Technical University, adds: "Lightweight design is always needed, like breathing is to stay alive. It is the backbone of everything in automobiles, for example by allowing other trades such as engines, chassis and interiors to include their products or compensate for overloads that occur there."

Top-Class Speakers from Politics and Industry

At the "Automobil Industrie Lightweight Construction Summit" (Leichtbaugipfel), Prof. Wellnitz will give the keynote speech prior to the Arena-Talk and will then complement the discussions as an unconventional thinker. "Modern lightweight design requires a new way of thinking. For the mass segment, for example, we have to develop intelligent hybrid designs that fulfill several functions simultaneously," says Wellnitz.

The opening keynote at the Lightweight Construction Summit 2019 will be given by Ministerial Director Christian Theis of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, on the opportunities and challenges of new mobility concepts from a political perspective. Then Uwe Renz from Mercedes-AMG and Thomas Behr from Daimler will speak to the audience. While Renz explains how AMG intends to bring its competence from race-tested lightweight design concepts into the production vehicles of tomorrow, Behr elaborates why he considers a holistic digital view of every material as the enabler for modern lightweight body design.

Sneak Preview of the "Ultralight Seat"

After the lunch break, the suppliers Thyssen Krupp Steel Europe, Henkel with RLE International and SSAB will present their lightweight design strategies. Altair will then present the winners of the Enlighten Award 2018. Then the first part of the technical sessions will start. Martin Hillebrecht from EDAG will open the second day of the summit. Among other things, he presents "Scale Base", a steel-intensive body platform for urban vehicle concepts. Further highlights on the second day are the start-up campus and the sneak preview of the partner project "Ultralight Seat".

This article was first published by Automobil Industrie.

Original: Thomas Günnel / Translation: Alexander Stark

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