Materials and Process Technologies for the Lightweight Vehicles of Tomorrow - Latest Developments from the ALLIANCE Project
Thursday 23rd May 13:30 - 13:45
Building on a series of previous lightweighting research initiatives, the AffordabLe Lightweight Automobiles Alliance (ALLIANCE) has the ambition to develop technologies enabling an average vehicle weight reduction of 25% for production volumes of 100k vehicles/year. To reach this goal, partners in ALLIANCE (six leading OEMs, four suppliers, eight knowledge partners) are developing novel advanced materials (steel, aluminium, hybrid) and production technologies, a mass-optimiser software tool and a multi-parameter design optimisation methodology and process. In order to ensure that developments find their way to the market, the target cost of lightweighting enabled by the new technologies is set at €3/kg.
ALLIANCE will work on eight different demonstrators of real vehicle models, aiming at market application by OEMs by 2025. A transferability and scalability methodology will also be developed accelerate the replication of results across vehicle components and models in other segments.
The presentation at the Future Aluminium Forum looks into the latest developments of the project, some of the early assessments of the new technologies, as well as key learning points from the partners.
Speaker: Marcos Ierides, Innovation Consultant at Bax & Company
Marcos is an innovation consultant at Bax & Company, focusing on the area of mobility, and particularly on lightweighting. He helps clients and partners develop innovative technologies in the field of materials and manufacturing processes, and attract financing to scale up. Marcos has a mechanical engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, as well as a business degree from Vlerick Business School.