Major Lightweighting Trends Shaping the Automotive Industry
The demand for lightweight materials (HSS/AHSS, aluminum, composites and magnesium) in the automotive industry has grown rapidly in the last 5 years driven by high mpg fuel mileage requirements. From Ford’s all aluminum F-150 to Audi, BMW, GM, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and Porche, lightweight materials are being adopted for various applications. These areas of interest span beyond BIW to chassis, closure panels, powertrain, and interiors. While a variety of automotive lightweight material solutions are finding their way into mass-produced vehicles, the industry is also facing challenges with the adoption of lightweight materials in mass volume platforms. In this presentation, Dr. Sanjay Mazumdar will share Lucintel’s experience in helping companies succeed in lightweight materials and will address the following key points.
- Future trends in lightweighting
- Opportunities for lightweight materials
- Market Disruptions
- Business case for Composites