German American Automotive Lightweight Symposium

Lightweight Technologies are an essential keystone of the ambitious targets of the automotive industry. New materials help to fulfill fuel efficiency targets and extend the EV range.

On this topic, we hosted a Lightweight Symposium in Greenville, SC on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The symposium was part of a trade mission composed of German companies offering innovative weight saving product and service solutions for the automotive industry, or those developing inventive solutions for the processing and testing of lightweight products.

Attendees learnt about innovative solutions for processing and using lightweight products and about new technologies and materials to reduce weight! The symposium provided attendees the chance to network with key automotive suppliers and OEMs, as well as to explore partnership opportunities with German companies.

Date & Venue 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:30am - 2:00pm

Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI)
575 Millennium Blvd
Greenville, SC 29607

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Meet our German Companies

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Carbures Mobility Engineering GmbH is a technological industrial group specialized in the manufacturing of composite parts and structures operating in the aerospace, automotive, civil works and railway.

Cevotec GmbH offers smart production technology for fiber reinforced composites based on Fiber Patch Placement technology, enabling manufacturers to build complex parts fully automated in high volumes and quality.

Finow Automotive GmbH is a privately owned medium sized automotive component supplier and acting as a Tier-1 and Tier-2 company.

Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme GmbH is a cutting tool manufacturer with patented designs, focused on the machining of lightweight materials.

Gutmann Aluminium Draht is one of the European leading producers of drawn wire and drawn profiles made of aluminum. They produce wire and profiles for the automotive industry (fasteners) and for commercial vehicles.

IAMT Engineering GmbH & Co. KG provides component and System development, testing and prototyping, with a focus on lightweight, according to required strength, durability, and fatigue properties.

Lindauer Dornier GmbH has established itself as one of the market leaders for weaving machines and specialty machinery worldwide.

P + Z Engineering GmbH (ARRK Group) is an automotive engineering service provider focusing on virtual driven development and has outstanding in-house CAE expertise.

Scansonic Group is composed of many companies, including: Scansonic MI GmbH (laser and automation technology), Lumics GmbH (diode lasers and fiber), Metrolux GmbH (measurement technology for laser beams), and GEFERTEC GmbH (3D metal printing processes).

Schuler Pressen GmbH is the world market leader in metal and plastic forming technology. The company supplies presses, automation solutions, dies, process know-how, as well as services for the entire metalworking and automotive industry.

VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH provides solutions in the field of industrial machine vision for industrial and logistics automation and traffic enforcement.

Expert Speakers:

Dr. Srikanth Pilla: Lightweighting Using Composites: Rise, Fall and Now “Enlightenment”

Jen Hanna: Materials Designed for Safety

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Catherine Malone

Senior Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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Sonja (Sobota) Knight

Project Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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