Supply Chain Leaders Calibrate Strategies to Align for the Reinvention of Car and Light Truck Manufacturing!
The auto industry is stepping up to meet ambitious 2025 CAFE fuel economy targets. Weight-cutting production models are on the market. As manufacturers and suppliers grapple with this shift, the focus of OEM designers and engineers is already moving beyond the body-in-white structural materials to “Everything Else,” from powertrain to chassis & suspension, interiors, and electronics. In this new world, there are no clear material or technology winners.
For this changeover to ripple through to the rest of the vehicle and the balance of fleets, greater interaction is needed between players in the supply chain. Applications need to be developed between chemical manufacturers, adhesive suppliers, parts designers and assemblers, and fully tested, before they can be specified by OEMs in future platforms. It’s all about collaborating for innovation in a multi-materials world.
To help accelerate the high level of cross-supply chain interaction needed to enable this change, Infocast is organizing its second LIGHTWEIGHTING SUMMIT, March 3-5, 2015 in Detroit, MI. This event will foster in-depth cross-supply chain dialogue and technical sharing around regulatory drivers, target-setting, materials, processes, joining, tools and design strategies. The Summit will profile the latest thinking from OEMs designers and chief engineers, and assemble a bevy of case studies in application development for weight cutting across ALL facets of the vehicle, including chassis, powertrain, interiors and electronics. A pre-Summit R&D Symposium will profile the latest development work in academia and research institutes, addressing the technology gaps identified in the main summit sessions.
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