Nov. 6-7: PN’s Plastics in Lightweight Vehicles conference & exhibits
Laurel Manor Conference Center, Livonia, Mich.
(View exhibits floor plan, exhibit information and sponsorship proposal)
Nov. 7 (evening): SPE’s Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala
Burton Manor, Livonia, Mich.
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Bob Grace, Conference Director, Editorial Director & Associate Publisher, Plastics News
TRENDS IN EXTERIORS & STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS
Investing in Carbon Fiber for Near-Term Production
Gary Lownsdale, Chief Technology Officer, Plasan Carbon Composites
New Developments in Carbon Fiber Applications
Dan Koester, Director - New Product Technology, Johnson Controls Inc.
Material Considerations and Making Them Stick in Lightweighting Technologies
Bruce Benda, VP - Automotive & Transportation, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Lownsdale, Koester & Benda
Moderated by Rhoda Miel, Automotive Reporter, Plastics News
Networking Break & Visit Exhibits
Achievable Lightweighting Under Time & Cost Constraints
Kim Korth, President & Owner, IRN Inc.
Altair’s Enlighten Award: A New Honor for Losing Auto Weight
Tony Norton, Sr. Director – Global Automotive & Off-Highway Vehicles, Altair Engineering Inc.
Key Business Issues Related To Rising Fuel Economy Standards
Michael Omotoso, Sr. Manager – Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive US Inc.
Updated Research for Applying Realistic Lightweighting
Gregg Peterson, Sr. Technology Specialist, Lotus Engineering
The Very Light Car and Its Implications for Vehicle Design
Oliver Kuttner, Founder & CEO, Edison2
Mobility Study: How Electric Vehicles Will Impact Design & Materials
Peter Davis, Chief Designer – Vehicle Design, Tata Technologies
Raymond Peters, Sr. Program Manager, Tata Technologies
Casey Mehta, Sr. Consultant – Business Partnerships, Tata Technologies
Davis, Peters, Mehta & Kuttner
Moderated by Rhoda Miel, Plastics News
5:00 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
8:00 a.m.-9 a.m.
Bob Grace, Plastics News
Interior Electronics – Customer Comfort with Minimal Weight & Complexity
Tom Pilette, VP - Product & Process Development, Magna Exteriors & Interiors, Magna International Inc.
Improving Interior Sound Quality While Reducing Weight
Ernie Wilson, VP - Advanced Development, IAC Group
The Big Picture in Interiors
Pat Stewart, Vice President & Executive Director - Interior Systems, Inteva Products LLC
Successful, Real-Life Examples of Microcellular Foaming Technology
Joe Grippe, Vice President, Proper Group International
Steve Beasley, Regional Manager, Krauss Maffei Corp.
Brent Strawbridge, Vice President – Sales, Trexel Inc.
Grippe, Beasley, Strawbridge
Closing remarks (ends 2:45 p.m.)