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DISRUPTION IS AT HAND FOR THE AUTO SUPPLY CHAIN.

FORD F150, GMC SIERRA & iBMW ARE JUST THE START. $900 BILLION IS ON THE PLATE. IS YOUR FIRM POSITIONED TO SURVIVE & THRIVE IN THE NEW WORLD OF LIGHT-WEIGHT, ULTRA-EFFICIENT VEHICLES?

  • Hear from OEMs about their targets, timelines, challenges and what kinds of new capabilities they are seeking from suppliers
  • Understand what Tier 1s are doing to help OEMs meet their goals, and what they are looking for from Tier 2-3 suppliers
  • Meet key potential senior partners from OEMs, Tier 1s and materials/chemical strategics to help commercialize innovative solutions
  • Learn about R&D funding opportunities and university R&D collaboration networks with strong links to the auto industry and aerospace



The storm of lightweighting — a revolution in materials, processes and business models — is brewing on the horizon of the auto industry. Market models like Ford’s F150 and Fusion, GMC Sierra 2014, iBMW, and VW Golf represent just the first rumblings. The innovations incorporated into these models will be replicated and scaled across other product lines and brands, totaling tens of millions of units over the coming decade. For incumbent suppliers not prepared for the new requirements, market share is at risk. For new entrants with innovative solutions, it spells opportunity to get a piece of the $900 billion global automotive market. Meanwhile, priming the lightweighting megatrend, the US DOE, DOD and Canadian government are funding lightweighting R&D to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

What kinds of new partnerships and interactions across the supply chain will be required to meet projected future demand and retain or gain market share? As production of lightweight materials ramps up, how will new materials and capabilities (advanced metals, composites, additive platforms, design tools) be integrated into the existing supply chains—or disrupt them entirely? What will the timelines and costs look like for adoption and scaling of new materials, manufacturing equipment, design & joining solutions?

Infocast’s inaugural Lightweighting Summit: New Solutions, New Suppliers, will bring together the key strategiasts, decision-makers, innovators and investors in transportation and materials markets to explore how automotive (and indirectly, aerospace) supply chains will realign in preparation for lightweighting factors. Building on Infocast’s reputation for top cleantech events such as NextGen Engines & Fuels, and Additive/Aerospace Summit, Lightweighting: New Solutions, New Suppliers will provide a survey of the latest initiatives on the part of global OEMs and designers, highlight funding opportunities, and showcase plans and capabilities from a range of suppliers and R&D groups. The Summit will present an unparalleled environment for networking and relationship-building.



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