12: 00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

12:55 pm


  • Larry Schlagheck, Managing Director, WardsAuto

1:00 – 1:20 pm

The View From Washington D.C.

  • Michael Hartrick, Director of Fuel Economy & Climate, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

1:20 – 1:40 pm

Weight and Efficiency Troubles on the Horizon with CUVs

  • Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst – Fuel Economy, Wards Intelligence

Almost 40% of CUVs available in 2018 had at least one variant that shared a platform and powertrain with a car. On average, the car versions had nearly 7% better fuel economy and were 8% lighter than their counterparts. As less-efficient CUVs steadily replace cars in the marketplace, regulatory challenges will increase. Wards Fuel-Economy Analyst Erin Sunde will quantify this growing problem and identify the top-selling CUV models that will need the most help meeting future standards.

1:40 – 1:55 pm

Q&A Discussion

Featuring Michael Hartrick and Erin Sunde

2:00 – 3:00 pm

How Suppliers Can Help Automakers Meet Efficiency, Weight and Cost Targets

  • Dean Kanelos, Market Development and Product Applications Manager – Automotive, Nucor Corporation
  • Heinrich Fuchs, Vice President Engineering, Martinrea
  • Gagan Tandon, Director, Product Development, ArcelorMittal
  • Scott Borovich, Vice President, Sales and Program Management, Shiloh

A panel of key suppliers will present their best solutions for helping automakers take weight out of CUVs while ensuring continued safety improvements.

3:00 – 3:10 pm

Q&A Discussion

Featuring panel members

3:10 – 3:25 pm

Networking Break

An opportunity to network with colleagues and industry peers.

3:30 – 3:40 pm

Unique Assets for Lightweighting in Detroit: IACMI and LIFT Manufacturing USA Institutes

  • Dr. Raymond Boeman, Director – Vehicle Technology Area and Scale-up Research Facility, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Aerodynamic Solutions for Improving Fuel Efficiency

  • John Bednarchik, Product Manager, Aerodynamics, Roechling Automotive

4:00 – 4:15 pm

New Ideas for Reducing Weight and Improving Safety in EVs

  • Michael Hiltunen, Director of Materials Science, Continental Structural Plastics

4:15 – 4:30 pm

Q&A Discussion


Wrap Up

  • Larry Schlagheck, Managing Director, WardsAuto

4:45 – 5:30 pm


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