Lightweight vehicle manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Assembly Summit 24 September 2015
This first manufacturing-focused GALM event in Europe with a specific focus on joining, forming and assembly for lightweight materials. Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Assembly Summit 2015 will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 18th - 19th November 2015.

The internationally renowned Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM) Series runs across three continents and is supported by over 1,500 global delegates, 150 exhibitors and combines over 130 hours of OEM led presentations over the last 10 editions.

Focusing specifically on reducing the costs and complexity of high volume manufacturing processes with the special emphasis on multi-material joining, forming and assembly advancements for next generation lightweight vehicles, Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Assembly Summit will allow leading experts from OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and technology providers to converge to one location to discuss the most critical areas within manufacturing and assembly processes to enable delivery of next-generation lightweight materials to the forecourt.

Speakers for the Summit will include those from Ford, Mazda, and Volkswagen. The session highlights will also include:

Multi-material joining: Leveraging joining methods compatible with diverse material combinations to reduce the number of tools and costs of multi-material joining.

Composite production: Unveiling the moulding processes leading the way in reducing costs and cycle times to allow widespread composite adoption.

Assembly integration: How to adopt new materials such as composites and new forming and joining tools into an assembly process with minimum disruption to production.

Metal forming: Comparing methods to cost-effectively create parts from high strength steel, aluminium and magnesium.

Latest joining tools: Reviewing the latest adhesives, mechanical and welding techniques to cost and time sensitively join multi-material architectures.

Manufacturing cost reduction: From automation and simulation to repair, hear which technologies are reducing the cost of manufacturing.


Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.