Blake Zuidema, Director, Automotive Product Applications at ArcelorMittal will join representatives from aluminum and composite materials to discuss vehicle lightweighting.
About this webinar
The lightweight-materials fight taking place in the automotive industry is anything but lightweight. It’s a heavyweight bout, with the steel and aluminum industries trading punches by making new technology and process announcements on a regular basis. And don’t count out the other major contender: composite materials. Composite materials are steadily making inroads in new application areas within vehicles.
In reality, all these materials are not mutually exclusive. They are selected to fulfill a particular purpose and exist side by side in vehicles to optimize automakers’ lightweighting and safety initiatives. In this free, one-hour webcast, representatives from steel, aluminum, and composites suppliers will discuss the latest materials advances and manufacturing technologies, expectations of adoption between now and 2025, and the challenges posed by multi-material vehicles.
Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during the Q&A portion of the webcast.
|Blake Zuidema, Director, Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal
Dr. Blake K. Zuidema is the Director of Automotive Product Applications at ArcelorMittal. In this role, he leads a team in identifying new automotive product needs, piloting their development in the mill, breaking down the barriers to their application, and promoting applications of new and existing automotive steel products to the OEM and supplier communities. He is also a member of ArcelorMittal North America’s product development steering board. Blake joined the company’s automotive product applications division in 2003 as a staff consultant, was promoted to manager of the division in 2004, and became director in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984.
|Stefan Greulich, Global Technology Leader, DuPont
Stefan Greulich is the Global Technology Leader at DuPont’s Innovation Center in Meyrin, Switzerland, responsible for developing advanced metal replacement technologies with a focus on continuous fiber reinforced composites. Prior to his current role, Stefan led the European technical service organization, which includes more than a dozen engineers and scientists dedicated to working with customers to adopt new products and processes and take cost and time out of the development cycle. During his nearly 20-year career at DuPont, Stefan has held a number of roles in product research as well as product business management. He studied chemistry in Stuttgart, Germany, and Strasbourg, France, and earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Stuttgart on transition metal complexes.
|Todd Summe, Global Technology Director, Automotive, Novelis
As the Global Technology Director for the automotive market, Todd L. Summe leads the development of new product and process technologies for Novelis’ global production footprint, serving automakers in all regions. An engineering and management professional with more than 25 years of experience developing advanced materials and engineered systems, Todd has primarily focused on the development of aluminum automobile body structures, with special emphasis on crash energy management, durability, and overall structural optimization. Prior to Novelis, he held various product and technology leadership positions where he was responsible for automotive, commercial transportation, and defense vehicle developments.
ArcelorMittal is a global technology leader, creating lighter, stronger, cleaner steels for the automotive industry. We collaborate with global automakers to integrate the latest advanced steel grades into their designs, enabling them to hit targets for fuel efficiency without compromising safety, style or affordability. Our global reach, integrated supply chains and proven expertise give automakers the flexibility they need to stand out in a highly competitive market and keep costs low. We’re expanding the limits in formability and strength to provide lightweight solutions for both cars and trucks through the launch of new solutions and steels that didn’t exist 10 years ago, like our S-in motion® solutions program and patented products like Usibor® and Ductibor®.
We’ll define the importance of co-engineering programs with automakers that result in award-winning, industry-first technologies like the laser-welded, hot-stamped door ring found in the Acura MDX and the hydroformed tubes in the Ford Fusion’s roof rail and B-pillar safety structures. We’ll explain the significance behind recent strategic investments throughout the world – in the United States, China, Brazil and elsewhere – that support the growing auto market and customer requirements.