The 5th Edition of The Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Detroit Summit rebranded as the Lightweight Materials and EV Body Structures Manufacturing Technologies Summit will be returning on February 21-22, 2018 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel Resort.

As part of the world renowned GALM Series and with over 400 attendees in 2017, this is the key industry event for understanding the latest innovations, discussing current trends and discovering practical solutions associated with lightweight vehicle body structure production.

Our 2018 event will continue to deliver lightweighting innovations and practical solutions focusing on dissimilar material joining, corrosion mitigation and manufacturing new-age materials for vehicle large-scale production. It will also host an exclusive panel focusing on the current and future joining, manufacturing technologies to scale up production for EV vehicles.

Key Speakers Include:

  • Elie M. Tohme, Director of Body Engineering, Karma Automotive
  • Antonio Mercado, BIW Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Faraday Future
  • Dr. Huaxin Li, Material/Welding Technical Specialist, General Motors
  • Abhay Vadhavka, Senior Technical Manager, Ford Motors
  • Dr Salman Kahn, Senior CAE Lead, Faraday Future
  • Dr. Paul J. Wolcott, Applications Engineer - Additive Manufacturing, General Motors
  • Michael W Danyo, Technical Specialist - Aluminum Structures, Ford Motor Company
  • Farid Haddadi, Process Engineer Specialist - BIW Manufacturing, Faraday Future
  • Raj Sohmshetty, Group Leader - Advanced Steel Technology, Manufacturing Research Department, R&A Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • John Catterall, Executive Director, Auto Steel Partnership
  • Mohamed S ElKafafy, Operational Excellence Specialist, General Motors
  • Menachem Kimchi, Advanced Material Joining, The Ohio State University

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