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24th May 2019, Berkhamsted

Automotive Showcase speakers announced

The event will look at the large-volume sector and the specialist, small volume area producing modified or complete vehicles. © Composites UK

The event will look at the large-volume sector and the specialist, small volume area producing modified or complete vehicles. © Composites UK

Composites UK is working closely with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) on the 2019 Automotive Showcase, taking place on 20 June at WMG’s International Digital Laboratory (IDL) in Coventry.

Joining the programme are Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin, alongside the Composites Leadership Forum, GKN Wheels and Structures, Creative Composites, Expert Tooling and Automation, Gestamp, Surface Generation, the University of Nottingham and WMG themselves.

Challenges discussed

The event will look at the large-volume sector and the specialist, small volume area producing modified or complete vehicles. The challenges of each are different and this is reflected in the way car manufacturers approach the use of composites.

In the large-volume sector, a large percentage of the cost is in the capital plant needed for manufacture and so once the required equipment has been procured and commissioned it is very costly to change the design of a component. This naturally makes the industry very conservative and encourages extensive prototype testing in both real and simulated environments of any new system before the investment is made. In small-volume production, however, the manufacturing operations are much less capital intensive and so the resistance to change in material is somewhat less.

“We are delighted to be back at WMG for an updated look at the use of fibre-reinforced polymer composites in the automotive industry. This is always a popular event, filling the IDL’s lecture theatre each time, and it’s amazing to see the amount of companies who have signed up for exhibition space which is now strictly limited,” commented Claire Whysall, Communications Manager at Composites UK.

Programme

After the welcoming address by Tony McNally, WMG, Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager, Composites UK, will provide an overview of Composites UK. Then, Henry Sarel-Cooke, Composites Leadership Forum / GKN Wheels & Structures, will present on the topic of Supporting the UK’s Automotive Composites Supply Chain.

Composites in Large Scale Projects by Hannah Tew, Partnership Lead, AMRC, will be followed by GKN and Large Scale Projects, presented by Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Wheels & Structures. Nuno Lourenço, Senior Manager Body Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, will explore Pyramid V Web – Scaling up to High-Volume Automotive. Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System (CLASS) will be discussed by Alan Banks, Suspension Manager, Ford Motor Company.

Alasdair Ryder, Special Projects Engineer, Surface Generation, will present a case study on Thermoplastic Overmoulding for Automotive Applications. John Lutton, Sales and Marketing Manager, Creative Composites, will talk about Reducing Compression Moulding Cycle Times.

In the final session of the event, Automated Composite Assembly will be discussed by Andrew Bools, R&D Programme Manager, Expert Tooling and Automation. Aston Martin’s Role in the InterCOMP Project will be presented by Roland Snell, Senior Manager for Body Structures Innovation and Technology, Aston Martin Lagonda. Finally, Rachel Weare, Lead Engineer – Structural Composite Manufacturing, Warwick Manufacturing Group, will explain the WMG’s Role in the InterCOMP Project.

www.compositesuk.co.uk

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