The Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) PRESENTS:

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November 2, 2023 — Detroit, Michigan

This year, the Aluminum Association’s premiere automotive aluminum technology event returns, bringing together automakers, suppliers, aluminum producer companies, members of academia and other stakeholders. Join the Aluminum Association’s Transportation Group (ATG) at this in-person knowledge-sharing event, Thursday, November 2 in Detroit. This one-day event is designed to celebrate excellence in the sustainable design and engineering of vehicles using aluminum, while furthering peer-to-peer networking and learning. Attendees will gain new insight on transformative approaches to engineering vehicles with various alloys and product forms and finish the day with deeper understanding of the ways lightweighting using aluminum benefits our planet and communities.

The mission of the ATG is to support member companies and their automotive customers by serving as a central resource on the benefits of mass reduction using aluminum in automotive and commercial applications. Full members of the ATG can be viewed here.

Speaker Submissions

Session abstracts are currently being accepted. Topics that embrace sustainability, lightweighting with aluminum, material recycling or demonstrate successes in optimizing aluminum in real-world vehicle applications are preferred.

Submissions are accepted through Monday, July 31, 2023.

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8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration & Strolling Breakfast

Event kicks off with breakfast and networking.

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Opening Remarks

Craig Lewis, ATG Vice Chair and Vice President, Strategic Transformation, Constellium

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM

Keynote Session 

Alan Amici, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

9:05 AM – 9:50 AM

Opportunities in Aluminum Design

Mark Mikolaiczik, former Ford Chief Engineer Body Exterior;
Shian Jia, Staff Materials Engineer, Rivian

Additional speakers to be announced

9:50 AM – 10:35 AM

Realizing the Promise of Aluminum featuring Hyundai

Mark White, Technical Director, Alumobility

10:35 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Speakers to be confirmed

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Transition from Earth Mining Toward Urban Mining: Up-cycling Post-Consumer Scrap to Produce Automotive Grade Aluminum Extrusions

Michael Bugeaud, Materials Engineer – Body Structures & Closures, General Motors

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:50 PM – 1:20 PM

Global View on Closing the Loop Panel

Chris Koffler, Technical Director Americas, Sustainability Consulting, Sphera;
Dan Cooper, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Leader, Resourceful Manufacturing & Design group (ReMaDe);
Emily Molstad, CEO & Co-Founder, VALIS; and
Travis Carr, Real Alloy (Panel MC)

1:25 PM – 1:55 PM

The Power of Hollow: An Introduction to Aluminum Extrusions Technology

Mark Butterfield, President, Manufacturing Metal Exchange Corporation, The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Forming: Extrusion/Sheet Roll Forming

Jason Balzer, NA Engineering Director, Shape Corp.

2:35 PM – 2:45 PM

Coffee Break

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Comparing an Aluminum to Steel Extruded Bumper: Value and Joining Methods for Assembly

Sacheen Bekah, Product Development Manager, Kirchhoff Automotive

3:25 PM – 3:55 PM

Joining: Aluminum Friction Stirred Welding to Produce Tailor-Welded Blanks

Johnathon Hunt, Project Engineer/Friction Stir Welding Specialist, TWB Company

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Joining Aluminum, Steel, and Mixed Materials Using Mechanical Fasteners

Jamie Skovron, Ph.D., Sr. Process Engineer, Atlas Copco;
Alex Trinick, Sr. Applications Engineer, Atlas Copco

4:35 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Craig Lewis, ATG Vice Chair and Vice President, Strategic Transformation, Constellium

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Happy Hour Reception

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