Aluminium for automotive conference launched

The current explosion in interest in lightweighting in the automotive sector is the main driver behind a new automotive conference taking place in Birmingham later in 2017.

Advanced Aluminium Engineering for the Automotive Industry  is a two-day conference, to be held on 21 and 22 November 2017 at Millennium Point in Birmingham, at the centre of the UK’s manufacturing heartland.

The Conference has been developed by the Aluminium Federation to reflect the intense interest in technical developments in the area of automotive lightweighting.

Focusing on current developments, the Conference will present market-leading and emerging technologies concerning aluminium in vehicle manufacturing. Speakers and participants from the aluminium industry, automotive component suppliers, OEMs, and mechanical engineering will discuss innovative developments and new technologies for the automotive engineering of the future.

“It’s a time of rapid change for the global automotive industry,” said Aluminium Federation chief executive Will Savage. “And aluminium is at the centre of many of these developments, be it alternative power sources, autonomous vehicles or the continual demands for better performance, safety and efficiency through lightweighting. This conference brings together experts from both the aluminium and automotive sectors for what  promises to be two exciting days that showcase the fantastic potential of aluminium for automotive engineers.”

Advanced Aluminium Engineering for the Automotive Industry  features sessions on

• Alloy development 
• Castings 
• Recycling – process and end-of-life 
• Forging 
• Sheet forming 
• Joining, bonding and welding 
• Extrusions  
• Durability

Organisations already confirmed as presenting at the Conference include Constellium, Stokes Forging/Mahindra, CRU, Aeromet, Rio Tinto Automotive, Innoval Technology, JLR, Alloy Heat Treatment, Castalum, IPG Photonics, Sapa, SDF, European Aluminium, Superform, Bmax, Aeromet and Impression Technologies.

Click here for further information and Conference booking details.


Safety Guide content wanted

Leading aluminium industry publication Aluminium International Today (AIT) is to publish a sector-specific Safety Guideearly in 2018.

The Safety Guide will provide a platform for companies across the aluminium value chain to present and share initiatives, programmes and safer working practices. Acting as a respected resource for the industry, the Guide will gather and present safety statistics and up-to-date information, while encouraging aluminium production and processing companies to discuss successful safety projects, ways safety is being implemented, how it can be measured and the results.

Publication is planned for January 2018 and approximately 1,000 dedicated copies will be sent directly to HSE managers and industry professionals across the aluminium value chain. The Guide will also be distributed at events and conferences next year, including Aluminium 2018 and a downloadable version will be available for free online to ensure maximum distribution (more than 20,000 contacts).

Call for contributions
The Safety Guide will feature dedicated sections from OEM’s, processors and equipment suppliers. To collate as much relevant and useful information as possible, AIT is asking for support in the form of content contributions from across the aluminium industry.

In order to ensure the Guide presents safety knowledge and practices rather than promotional material, there will be a selection of editorial contribution packages available to all companies. Case studies and other relevant items from companies in the UK aluminium sector are most welcome.

For more information please contact Nadine Bloxsome ( : 01737 855 115)