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The Global Automotive Industry will bring many new disruptive technologies to the market over the coming decade, including autonomous vehicles. Automotive OEMs face the requirement to make dramatic improvements in fuel economy. Per recent EPA mandates, the goal is a 60% improvement by 2025. Automotive OEMs must adopt a range of new technologies, including lightweight alloys and composites, more efficient engines and advanced aerodynamics – all of which have been implemented by the aerospace industry for years. Vehicle “light weighting” is the new mantra in Detroit. The aerospace industry has a long and demonstrated history of driving new technologies to the market. Aerospace has continually pushed lighter materials including aluminum-lithium, titanium, and composites. As the automotive industry introduces aluminum in new products like the Ford F-150, materials will continue to be a major driver of production cost. Additionally, other new technologies around connected vehicles will enter the market in the next decade.
At the same time, the aerospace industry faces a seven-year backlog for new jetliners, and is increasing production at unprecedented rates to cope with demand for new, fuel-efficient aircraft. The automotive supply chain is considered world class at improving manufacturing productivity through reliability, supply chain rationalization, and cost reduction. Not surprisingly, there has been a migration of operations and supply chain executives from the automotive industry to aerospace in recent years. Aerospace executives struggle with managing an increasingly global and complex Tier I supply chain model – a challenge that the automotive industry has managed for several decades.
Both industries also face similar challenges, including passenger infotainment, carbon emissions regulation, additive manufacturing and big data/vehicle health management.
SpeedNews’ AeroAuto Conference will create synergy between these two industries by providing a forum for idea sharing, problem solving and development of best practices and bringing leading executives, and decision makers together to build the future.
AeroAuto will take place over a one day time frame and will include speeches and panels from each industry.
Preliminary topics include:
• Setting the stage - the current situation, key issues, enabling technologies and outlook for each industry
• Innovation and design - including vehicle light weighting
• Automation and software - emerging developments and coping with security requirements
• Supply chain best practices and lessons learned
• Breakthrough technologies - including additive manufacturing/3D printing
• Silicon Valley - threat or ally?