2019 Event Ratings:

We asked all attendees in 2019 to rate the event as they saw it based upon the below criteria.  Here is how they rated the event out of ten.



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“The format was atypical and unexpected. It was a collection of group discussions rather than a presentation followed by a Q&A. However I appreciated this format as I got to learn a lot more from the basics right to more complex issues. It meant I could grasp the fundamentals about areas I didn’t know about. The event featured very hospitable staff/ crew with very respectful colleagues and facilitators.”

Sumit Basu, Lead Innovation Engineer, General Motors

“There was a lot of good conversation and I met a lot of very good people in the industry”

Christopher Ameel, OEM National Sales Director, Reflexallen US

Glenn Daehn, Professor, Ohio State University

“Very knowledgable group of people that you brought together. Really outstanding. The format worked with the group.

One of the most thought-provoking and interactive conferences that I have participated in”
"The summit was a great opportunity to share ideas, listen to other peers from the Industry, we all are working towards solutions for lightweighting of structures."

Jose Luis Galaviz, Technical Lead Frames, FCA US LLC

“Excellent summit! The format was unique and very engaging and provided the opportunity to openly discuss the challenges facing the automotive industry with OEM engineers, academia and supplier partners. Will definitely be back next year.”

Jerry Kleinhenz, Director of Business Development, EDAG

“I enjoyed the summit, the topics & the networking were all very good”

Adelina Castillo Chacon, General Motors

“For me this was a great format to present and interact with professionals across the automotive range. Good mix of OEM and Tier Suppliers. Very interesting topics of discussion and good information exchange and feedback. Interesting to learn the differences of large high volume OEM’s vs low volume niche and new energy vehicles”

Ian Thompson, Chief Engineer, Grove Automotive LCC

“Great experience! So many different points of view and different approaches to solve common problems”

Antonio Mercado, Manager AME, Karma Automotive

“The discussion format created an open dialogue that enabled the sharing and generation of innovative ideas. The summit was an amazing opportunity to discuss lightweighting solutions with multidisciplinary experts”

Andrew Cunningham, Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer, General Motors

“Awesome event”

Muhammad Majeed, Lead Manufacturing Engineer Rivian Automotive

“Interesting discussion format filled with knowledgeable people”

Richard Doggart, CI Manager, General Motors

“I enjoyed the format which had a good balance between discussion and networking sessions”

James Truskin, Technical Fellow, FCA

“Good opportunity to get away from the day-to-day challenges and hear about and discuss the future of mobility”

Attendee 2019

“A different event but I thought it was good”

Lane Lindstrom, MFG Engineer, General Motors

“Good networking event”

Laurent B Chappuis, President, Light Metal Consultants LLC

“A diverse mix of experts in various fields joined the discussions”

Alan Seid, Senior Engineer, Honda R&D Americas

“Open discussions and great networking, an exciting new format, very interactive with a high knowledge base”

Sebastian Moser, Director of Sales, Precitec

“Good interaction between OEM’s Suppliers etc.”

Venkat Aitharaju, Staff researcher, General Motors

“I really enjoyed the day filled with good technical content which made business sense as well. The conference / summit brought together leaders in the industry and everyone was quite open in sharing their knowledge. I look forward to the next one where we can exchange developments in this rapidly evolving industry over the next few months”

Anupam Vivek, Research Scientist, Ohio State University

“The only summit I have ever attended with this level of discussion and collaboration”.

Attendee 2019, Ford Motor Company

“Great networking”

Marc Auger, Sales Development, Coherent

“The summit introduced a successful but different approach to sessions”

Kartik Shah, Account Relationship Manager, Hinduja Tech

“Very open discussions were had with open minded individuals. The event ensured good discussions without any restrictions and allowed us to get to know different perspectives of customers, competitors, etc."

Torben Lauman, Sales Manager, Nimak

"It was good to hear what other companies are doing to overcome the issues of light-weighting"

Project Senior Manager, Toyota UK

"The Concept of roundtable discussions was good and worked well"

Lead Engineer - Technology & Innovation Tooling & Pressed Parts Group, Jaguar Land Rover

"It was good and not what I expected, it was better. The future potential of this event is huge"

Lead Engineer, Tata Technologies

"Enjoyable platform unlike some events I have attended. Good amount of time to network and gain some interesting views and options from suppliers. I was really impressed with the format and option to choose different discussions."

Weight Attribute Lead Engineer, Aston Martin Lagonda

"It was great to see representation from so many Original Equipment Manufacturers"

Nissan, Research Project Consultant

"The opportunity to discuss items in each differing topic within each roundtable made for a really informative event"

Senior Engineer, Nissan

"Good topics, well covered at the event. It was also a great opportunity to network"

Structural Crash and CAE Consultant, Jaguar Land Rover

"The event had a great number of OEM's attending"

Managing Director, Polar Manufacturing

"Interesting to discuss lightweighting opportunities with other key representatives in the automotive industry, with valuable time to network"

Engineer - Material Quality Assurance, Jaguar Land Rover

“I enjoyed the openness of all the attendees, in general the event was very positive”.

Johann Ecker, Vice President, Nimak

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