Transatlantic Cluster Initiative
Roadshow on Lightweighting Technology and Materials
Lightweighting technology and materials are becoming increasingly important in many industries both in Germany and the United States. There are three industries, however, where lightweight has played an important role in product design almost from their inceptions: automotive, aviation, and wind energy. In these industries, the use of lightweight materials and design is expected to grow continuously in the coming decades. Leading lightweighting materials are aluminum, magnesium, carbon composites and high-strength steel. Through the enormous changes in the material mix, significant challenges and opportunities will emerge – automotive suppliers and the machinery industry are expected to be the key beneficiaries.
To build on these developments, GACC Midwest organized a roadshow on the topic of Lightweighting Technologies & Materials on February 13-17, 2017 in the US.
Dates & Venues
National Transportation Center
Introduction to IACMI, Dale Brosius, IACMI
Introduction to ORNL, Mohammad Khaleel, ORNL
Transatlantic Partnership Opportunities, Kirsten Hentschel, U.S. Commercial Service
Lightweighting in Germany, Rainer Mueller, Germany Trade & Invest
Introduction to TraCLight, Wolfgang Schwarz, Leichtbau BW
MAI Carbon - Carbon Composites on the way to Mass Production, Tjark von Reden, MAI Carbon
Excellence in Lightweight Design, Tino Wollmann, Technical University DresdenDresden
Wednesday, February 15, 2017- Columbus, OH
The Blackwell Inn
Friday, February 17, 2017 - Troy, MI
Delegation Trip to Germany
The roadshow is followed by a cluster delegation trip to Germany on June 19-23, 2017.15 US-participants will have ample opportunity to visit and speak with key players of the German lightweighting industry from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants will be able to enjoy German culture and hospitality.
For more details, please contact Jessica Ferklass.