Save-the-Date! Lightweight event week in Central Germany

June 11 - 16, 2017

Saxony-Anhalt is at the forefront of lightweighting. High technological standards and great innovative potential interact to secure system leadership in the fields of functional integration and high performance of polymer compound materials, synthethic and metal components.

Join the lightweight conference of the VDI – the Association of German Engineers – and the cluster Carbon Composites e.V. - the network for high-performance fiber composites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - and tour with us to meet experts in lightweight.

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Discover the lightweight competence region of Central Germany

Besides attending the lightweight conference of the VDI together with the German cluster Carbon Composites, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the BMW plant or the Porsche Plant, exchange ideas at different workshops, meet representatives of German lightweight companies and network with peers at various receptions.

When: June 11 – 16, 2017

Where: Halle/Saale and Leipzig; tour: Saxony-Anhalt (see itinerary)

Conference: Global Aspects of Mobility and Lightweight Construction of the Future

  • Lightweighting on a Global Scale
  • Mobility of the Future
  • Electric Mobility and Lightweight
  • Best Practices OEM: Hybrid Lightweight
  • Lightweight Award 2017
  • Plant Tours: Porsche, BMW
  • Best Practices OEM: Audi /// Airbus /// BMW /// Daimler /// DLR /// NIO NextEV /// Porsche /// SAMSUNG /// SITECH Volkswagen /// etc.

Tour: BMW /// Porsche /// Dow Automotive /// Herotron E-Beam Service /// XtremeAir /// Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing /// and others
(visit of the factory as well as the special area of lightweight)

Itinerary Conference & Tour

(subject to change)

Sunday, June 11:

  • Departure from the US, accompanied by GACC South, Atlanta

Monday, June 12:

  • optional Sightseeing Tour in Leipzig
  • Transfer to Hotel, Check-in
  • 4:00 pm: Kick-off Meeting
  • 8:00 pm: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, June 13:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Lightweight Congress 2017 of VDI - the Association of German Engineers – and Carbon Composites e.V. in Leipzig
  • 3:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Plant Tour BMW or Porsche
    (visit of the factory as well as the special area of lightweight)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dinner Reception at historic “Auerbachs Keller” in Leipzig

Wednesday, June 14:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Lightweight Congress 2017 of VDI - the Association of German Engineers – and Carbon Composites e.V. in Leipzig
  • 6:00 p.m.: Summer Barbeque

Thursday, June 15:

  • Company visits (following registration): Dow Automotive /// Herotron E-Beam Service /// XtremeAir /// Fraunhofer institutes /// and others
    (visit of the factory as well as the special area of lightweight)
  • Workshops & business partnering events
  • Networking event

Friday, June 16:

  • Return flight to the US

Lightweight Conference of the VDI

Lightweight Congress 2017

Global Aspects of Mobility and Lightweight of the Future

Program Highlights:

  • Lightweight on a Global Scale
  • Mobility of the Future
  • Electric Mobility and Lightweight
  • Best Practices OEM: Hybrid Lightweight
  • Lightweight Award 2017
  • Plant Tours: Porsche, BMW

/// Listen to experts from /// Audi /// Airbus /// BMW /// Daimler /// DLR /// NIO NextEV /// Porsche /// SAMSUNG /// SITECH/// Volkswagen /// etc.

More information: (website in German)


Day 1 – Tuesday June 13, 2017

08:30 am
registration, coffee & tea

09:30 am
opening remarks by conference chairs Dipl.-Ing. Hinrich Timm, Carbon Composites e.V. and Anne Bieler-Bultmann M.A.,VDI Wissensforum GmbH

09:45 am
Session: Lightweight Construction on a Global Scale - Mobility of the Future. Moderator: Dipl.-Ing. Hinrich Timm, Carbon Composites e.V.

  • 09:45 am: Quo Vadis Lightweight Construction? Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hubert Jäger, Spokesman Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology, Technical University of Dresden, Chairman Carbon Composites e.V., Dresden
  • 10:15 am: Mobility on the Road to Future – Regulations, Sustainability, Functions, and Technologies. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Friedrich, Director DLR e.V. Stuttgart

10:45 am
coffee break

  • 11:15 am: Lightweight Construction in China – Major Drivers, Regulations, and Roadmap. Hui Zhang, Managing Director, NIO NextEV GmbH, Munich
  • 11:45 am: The Influence of Electric Mobility and Automated Driving on Lightweight Design Concepts of the Future. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp, Chair Automotive Technology, Technical University of Munich

12:15 pm
lunch break

01:30 pm
Session: Electric Mobility and Lightweight Construction. Moderator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder, Technical University of Brunswick

  • 01:30 pm: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s flagship project SMILE – System Integrated Multi-Material Lightweight Construction for Electric Mobility – Objectives, Content, Results. Dipl.-Ing. Günter Deinzer, Director Technical Center for Fibre-Reinforced Palstics/ Lightweight Construction, Audi AG, Neckarsulm
  • 02:00 pm: Challenges in the Development of Battery Cases and Structures of HV-Battery Systems. Dipl.-Ing. Ralph Wünsche, Group Leader Concept Design BED-C, SAMSUNG SDI Battery Systems GmbH, Premstätten, Austria
  • 02:30 pm: Presentation of the Three Finalists for the Lightweight Construction Award

03:15 pm
Departure of Shuttle Buses to Porsche and BMW Plants

03:45 – 5:45 pm
Plant Tours                                

06:00 pm
Departure to Dinner Reception

07:00 pm            
Dinner Reception at historic “Auerbachs Keller” in Leipzig

Day 2 – Wednesday June 14, 2017

09:00 am
welcome remarks

09:10 am
Session: Best Practices OEM: Hybrid Lightweight Construction. Moderator: Dr.-Ing. Robert Lindermaier, BMW AG

  • 09:10 am: Intelligent Lightweight Construction with Composites – light is not enough! Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Füller, Director Hybrid Materials, Concepts, Daimler AG, Ulm
  • 09:40 am: Hybrid Lightweight Construction and Electric Mobilty in Modern Vehicle Architectures.  Dipl.-Ing. Florian Schek, Director Lightweight Construction,  BMW AG, Munich
  • 10:10 am: Multi-Component Structures of Fibre Composites – Hybrid Design for Automotive Mass Production. Philipp Müller M.Sc., Development Engineer Porsche Ag, Weissach and Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Liebsch, Scientific Assistant, Technical University of Dresden

10:40 am
Solemn Presentation of the Lightweight Construction Award 2017

11:00 am 
coffee break

11:30 am
Session: Technology Hybrids with Composites for Functional Efficiency. Moderator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler, Technical University of Munich

  • 11:30 am: Large Scale Lightweight Construction through Process Integrated Hybrid Structures of Steel and Synthetics. Philip Dreessen M.Sc., PhD Student Volkswagen AG/ SITECH Sitztechnik GmbH, Wolfsburg
  • 12:00 pm „Hybrid Know-How“: That is where the Future Lies for SMEs. Karl Heinz Semlitsch, Managing Director Secar Technologie GmbH, Hönigsberg, Austria
  • 12:30 pm: From Slime Mold to Bionic Partition: Step Change in Lightweight Construction – Generative Design in Conjunction with AM – 3D Printing. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Peter Sander, Director Emerging Technologies & Concepts Germany, Airbus Operations GmbH, Hamburg

01:00 pm            
lunch break

02:00 pm
Session: Dissolution of Interfaces  – Shifting of Boundaries. Moderator: Dipl.-Ing. Jens Christlein, Porsche AG

  • 02:00 pm: Secondary C-Fibres for Industrial Application – Status and Spectrum of Recycling-Options. Dipl.-Kfm. Tim Rademacker, Managing Director CarboNXT GmbH, Wischhafen and Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Müller, Head of Division Carbon Fibre Reycling, Institute of Materials Resource Management, University of Augsburg
  • 02:30 pm: Lightweight Construction – Quo Vadis? Dipl.-Ing. Werner Loscheider, Head of Division Efficiency of Resources and Lightweight Construction, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Berlin
  • 03:00 pm: Quo Vadis CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic)? Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel S. Herrmann, Chairman Technology, CFK Valley e.V., Stade/Bremen

03:30 pm                         
wrap up, outlook 2018 and closing remarks by conference chair Dipl.-Ing. Hinrich Timm 

Exhibition and Sponsoring opportunities at VDI Conference

/// If you’d like to exhibit at the show or make the most of the manifold sponsoring opportunities, please let us know. 

/// Moreover, there is the opportunity to apply for the lightweight award 2017, which will be presented by VDI and Carbon Composites to honor the best implemented innovative lightweight solution. You can either apply for the category of the best groundbreaking industrial OEM-concept and/ or the most exemplary project in implementation as a cooperation of industry and science. Application deadline is June 1, 2017.

/// Criteria:

  1. Level of innovation (material, process, design)
  2. Material diversity (how are different and innovative materials integrated)
  3. State of implementation and range of application
  4. Added value (lightweight construction, efficiency, functional improvement)

/// Process:

Three finalists, determined beforehand and upon quality of the application by an expert jury, are supposed to give a 5- minutes pitch on June 13 to convince the audience. The award ceremony will take place on June 14.

Please hand in a brief project abstract of max. 3 pages with emphasis on the criteria mentioned above. Please add contact details. Should your project be among the three finalists, please prepare a poster for the exhibition. The main presenter will get free access to the conference, the related project team will receive a group discount.

How to apply for participating in the business trip

Transportation costs and conference participation (2 days full programme on group discount) have to be covered by the participants as well as any personal expenditures. This amount is estimated to approx. USD 2,500. All other costs (on the ground transportation, company visits, Workshop, business and partnering events, interpretation service, programing, etc.) will be covered by IMG. The visit to Germany will be co-organized and accompanied by the German American Chamber of Commerce’s South, Atlanta Office.

In order to apply for participating in this business trip, please register with a brief letter of motivation including the following information:

  • Point of contact (first and last name, email address, phone number, position/title)
  • Company information (company name, address, company website)
  • Industry (branch, main branch of business, sector)
  • Number of employees
  • Brief company profile (max. 20 lines)
  • Motivation of participation (max. 20 lines)

Please upload your letter of motivation as PDF document in the contact form.

Since participation is limited, register now.

About VDI

Engineers need a strong association that supports, promotes and represents them in their work. This task is performed by the VDI Association of German Engineers. For almost 160 years it has steadfastly backed engineers. More than 12,000 honorary experts process the latest findings every year to promote the technology location of Germany. With about 155,000 members, the VDI is the largest engineering association in Germany and one of the most important technico-scientific associations in Europe. As the third largest standards organization VDI is also partner for the German business community and scientific organizations.

About Carbon Composites e.V.

Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) is an association of companies and research institutes which covers the entire value chain of high performance fiber reinforced composites. CCeV links research and business in Germany, Austria and in Switzerland.

CCeV sees itself as a competence network for the promotion of applications of fiber reinforced composites. CCeV was founded in 2007 and can boast over 200 members. The headquarters of the association is in Augsburg.

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