Plastics in Lightweight & Electric Vehicles

Livonia, Michigan
Monday, November 07, 2011

Nov. 7: Workshops by Engel Group & Sigma Plastic Services
Nov. 8-9: Conference & Exhibits (Laurel Manor | Livonia, Mich.)  (View floor plan)
Nov. 9 (4:30-11 pm): SPE Automotive Division's Innovation Awards Gala (Burton Manor | Livonia, Mich.)

In light of the U.S. government’s aggressive new CAFE mileage standard targets, Plastics News and European Plastics News are organizing the Plastics in Lightweight & Electric Vehicles 2011 conference to assess the fast-changing area of vehicle lightweighting, from multiple perspectives.

Various speakers and sessions will look at the role plastics can play in interiors, seating, exteriors, structural, powertrain and under-the-hood components, as well as in electrification, battery and hybrid technology. In addition to offering increased styling and design freedom, plastics also will play a key role in tomorrow's environmentally friendly electric and hybrid vehicles -- from traditional parts to battery components.

The conference opens Nov. 7 with a pair of concurrent (optional) afternoon workshops presented by Engel Group and Sigma Plastic Services, followed by two days of speaker sessions – with plenty of time built in for networking among the exhibits.

For more background, see PN Reporter Rhoda Miel's recent story on the topic at and PN Editor Don Loepp's related column at Or this video shot by Rhoda -- -- which features CAR President/CEO Dr. Jay Baron, one of this conference's speakers.

Plastics in Lightweight & Electric Vehicles 2011 will end at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 so that participants can then go down the street to the SPE Automotive Division's Innovation Awards Competition & Gala
 that evening at Burton Manor in Livonia (just 5 miles east of the PN Global Group conference at Laurel Manor). Plastics in Lightweight & Electric Vehicle attendees may register at the discounted rate of $150/seat and get a free pass to the VIP reception.


Contact Information

  • Contacts

    * Registration questions? Contact Charla DeVoe at (330) 865-6135 or

    * Interested in speaking? Contact Robert Grace at (330) 865-6151 or

    * Sponsorship questions? In North America contact J.A. Lewellen at (330) 865-6138 or
    ; in Europe contact Levent Tounjer at +44-20-8253-9626 or

    * Exhibit or conference logistics questions? Contact Linda Whelan at (330) 865-6103 or