7th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit | The Aluminum Association

7th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit

August 21, 2018 to August 23, 2018

Detroit, MI


With a brand new agenda, GALM Detroit will provide important insights and understanding through an unrivaled mix of in-depth technical sessions, case study-led presentations and interactive panel discussions on the hottest issues, enabling greater interaction between speakers and delegates than ever before.


Key Speakers Include:

  • James Truskin, Technical Fellow for Body-In-White, FCA US
  • Jeff McGarry, Executive General Manager, Body In White Dispense Technologies, General Motors
  • Jason Balzer, Body Structures Supervisor, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor
  •  Dr. Farid Haddidi, Process Engineering Specialist, BIW Manufacturing, Faraday Future
  • Kam Hosn, Co-Founder, Vice President of Partnerships, Rezvani Motors
  • Dr Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors Global Research and Development
  • William Trojanowski, Senior Welding Engineer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
  • Rebecca Tanguay, Safety Integration Responsible / Supervisor PHEVs, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
  • Alan Taub, Chief Technology Officer, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
  • Dr. Raymond Boeman, Professor of Composite Materials & Manufacturing MSU / ORNL and Director, Vehicle Technology Area Scale-Up Facility, Institute for Advanced Composites
  • Shashank Modi, Research Engineer, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology, Center for Automotive Research, John Catterall, Executive Director, Auto Steel Partnership (A/SP)


Coverage Of The Hottest Vehicle Segments

Explore different philosophies in architecture, structures and material choices for EVs and next-gen ICEVs including SUVs, crossovers, city cars, sedans, luxury high performance EVs and electric commercial vehicles.


Advances In Multi-Material EV Structures & Manufacturability

Evaluate new structures and battery integration strategies for best performance and crashworthiness, BIW innovations and latest advances in forming, joining and testing processes. Reflect the evolution to EV platforms, architectures and how to get the most from lightweight materials, combining them effectively for EVs to enhance performance and drivability.


In-depth case studies and sessions on technology innovations include:

  • Application of new technologies for lightweighting battery pack and powertrain
  • Adopting the latest simulation and predictive modeling tools for advanced materials applications and manufacturing processes
  • Optimizing the use of advanced joining, welding and structural adhesive technologies
  • Best practices in quality inspection and testing
  • Implementing advances in manufacturing processes and automation to reflect changing vehicle architectures and structures while reducing process time and costs