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The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound change. The transformation of the drive concepts to hybrid or pure electric variants is also having a significant impact on the body concepts. This is intensifying the existing trend towards greater individuality, being driven by customer requests, with a wide range of model varieties, some of which are oriented towards different markets.

In addition to increased development expenditure, cost pressure on OEMs and suppliers is also increasing, especially as the shift on an emphasis to new drive concepts and the integration of electronic assistance systems is also shifting cost shares in vehicle production. These additional expenses can only be passed on to the customer, to a limited extent.

This makes it even more important to use efficient production strategies and the intelligent use of affordable lightweight materials to reduce costs on the one hand, and to position competitive products on the market on the other. The focus of lightweight construction continues to play a fundamental role, also regarding the range problem of purely electric drive concepts.

In addition to the use of cost-effective lightweight materials such as AHSS & UHSS, high-strength aluminum alloys are also gaining in importance. As well known, a further potential for these materials can be exploited by appropriate thermo-mechanical treatment. A further strategy is the combination of individual components of an assembly to form a monolithic large component. Examples of this are fully integrated wheel arches that are in series production and are already being manufactured in large quantities using the die-casting process. Recent publications by Tesla clearly show the way to a significant reduction in the number of components in vehicle structures.

However, this is a complex problem, as quality features such as dimensional accuracy or service-friendliness in the event of damage must also be considered. Furthermore, the use of the correct material in the precise quantity and in the correct place is also a functionally dependent success factor for efficient lightweight construction This means that a wide variety of material properties must be taken into account in a highly integrated monolithic assembly.

The current situation with COVID 19 and its impact on business communication and industries has shown us once more how susceptible today's production systems and supply chains are to such crisis situations. As a result, it is immensely important to make and ensure that industrial companies more resilient and prepare them for strongly fluctuating product calls and short-term changes in the product portfolio. The digitalization of production processes plays a key role in this respect.

Our event includes presentations from various areas of the production of automotive body components and offers many exciting recommendations and ideas on the topics of cost reduction and sustainability in automotive production. We provide you with the concepts that you can apply directly to your production processes.


  • Franz M. Androsch (voestalpine AG, Linz, Austria)
  • Frank Schieck (Fraunhofer Institute IWU, Chemnitz, Germany)
  • Anna Schott (Fraunhofer IST, Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Eren Billur (Billur Metal Form, Ankara, Turkey)
  • Michael Selent (SELMATEC, Scharnebeck, Germany)
  • Christian Conrad (Fraunhofer IZFP, Saarbrucken, Germany)
  • Georgios Georgiadis (Excelix, Limassol, Cyprus)
  • Gerald Schulz (FAGOR Arrasate, Mondragon, Spain)
  • Oliver Straube (Gestamp, Ludwigsfelde, Germany)
  • Johannes Pfeifer (EBNER Industrieofenbau GmbH, Leonding, Austria)
  • Florian Gerstner (voestalpine, Schw. Gmünd, Germany)
  • Marius Kreuzeder (EBNER Industrieofenbau GmbH, Leonding, Austria)
  • Hannes Feuerhuber (weba, Dietach, Austria)
  • Wolfgang Scherleitner (Fronius International GmbH, Wels, Austria)
  • Thomas Kurz (voestalpine Stahl R&D, Linz, Austria)
  • Christian Rouet (voestalpine Stahl R&D, Linz, Austria)
  • Luca Valbuzzi (Saint-Gobain, Roedental, Germany)
  • Fritz Ebner (Meprotec, Machtrenk, Austria)
  • Daniel Minh Maier (Trumpf Laser, Ditzingen, Germany)
  • Florian Mayer (voestalpine Krems, Krems, Austria)
  • Bernd Santel ( GmbH, Hamburg, Germany)

DAY 1:

  • Strategic insights into OEM and global Tier1 suppliers
  • Explore current applications for AHSS & UHSS
  • Innovative costs strategies for pre- and post- process appliances
  • Comprehensive impulses for future applications in production
  • Authentic hands-on input
  • Valuable contacts with representatives of the worlds` leading OEMs and OEM- and equipment suppliers’ network

DAY 2:

On the second day of your event day you will have the opportunity to put your know-how into practice by participating in many exclusive hands-on trainings with:

  • voestalpine AG
  • EBNER Industrieofenbau
  • Impression Technologies Ltd.
  • Selmatec Systems
  • Fraunhofer IZFP
  • TECHAdvision
  • Fagor Arrasate
  • voestalpine PHS

Learn more about steel applications from voestalpine, furnace technology from EBNER Industrieofenbau, Vision Systems for Thermal & Visible Inspections from Selmatec Systems, and much, much more...


voestalpine Gästehaus
voestalpine-Straße 3b
A-4020 Linz


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Steingasse 6, 4020 Linz
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