Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Summit Detroit 2019 | The Aluminum Association

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Summit Detroit 2019

August 20, 2019 to August 22, 2019

Cobo Center, Detroit, MI, USA



Now in its 8th year, GALM Detroit is the world's leading automotive lightweighting conference providing design solutions, modelling, material strategies, joining processes, advanced structures & manufacturing innovation insights.


Our 8th summit returns to the Cobo Center in Detroit, and features an agenda which reflects the industrys' investment into a new generation of EVs and autonomous vehicles by both established OEMs and start-ups.  This is driving new platforms, architectures and lightweight multi-material structural innovations.


Association members can receive a 15% discount on registration with the code: GALMUS19AL


Highlights of the 2019 agenda include:

  • Material Selection For EV & Autonomous Vehicle Architectures And Structures
  • Adopting The Latest Dissimilar Material Joining Combinations With Fasteners, Welding And Adhesives
  • Implementing Manufacturing 4.0 For Integrated Design And Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Process Innovation Through Additive With Metals At Larger Scale
  • Optimizing Multi-Material Combinations For EV & Autonomous Vehicle Lightweighting
  • Evaluating Materials For Safety & Enhanced Crashworthiness Performance
  • Automated Testing Best Practices For Evaluating Joint Quality Designing Carbon Fiber And Plastic Composites Effectively Into Body Structures


2019 expert speakers and advisory board includes:

  • Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, R&D Technical Center, General Motors
  • Dr. Fei Xiong , Vice President, Product Engineering, Electric Vehicles, Qiantu Motor
  • Hank Bonutti, Advanced Technology Manager, Mahindra NATC,
  • John Catterall , Executive Director, Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP)
  • Leon Kaunitz , Director of Body, Structural Engineering and Advanced Technology, NIO
  • Elie Tohme , Director, Body Engineering Karma Automotive
  • Bruce Gordon, Head of Engineering, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.


For a full agenda and details of our key speakers visit