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Introduction


Lightweighting Creates an Industry Buzz


At this time last year, SME reflected on the five-year anniversary of the auto industry crisis and the subsequent rebound. Tis year, the headlines have largely centered on General Motors and the recall of over 20 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty ignition switches. Headlines oſten focus on problems—far less so on emerging opportunities. One such exciting development is a public/private part- nership on lightweighting. Te Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufac- turing Innovation consortium, was announced in February. Newly established in Detroit, this institute is an applied research and demonstration facility for accelerating lightweight metals into the commercial and defense sectors. For more information, see almmii.org. Lightweighting has recently become an industry buzzword and according to


wardsauto.com, “automakers will shiſt their focus to lightweighting as new products are designed to meet tougher rules phasing in from 2017 to 2025. In terms of what engineers are focusing on most to achieve lightweighting goals…aluminum is the first choice (27%), followed by multimaterial solutions (16%), engineering plastics (13%), advanced high-strength steel (11%), advanced composites and carbon fiber (8%) and magnesium (1%).” Because SME views lightweighting as such a relevant and timely topic, new


features have been added on lightweighting by design and lightweighting by materials to this year’s Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing Yearbook, with additional topics on: • Lean manufacturing; • Quality; • High-speed machining; • Assembly;


• Cutting technologies; • Automation; and • Workforce development.


In addition, these “areas of impact” are covered: • Industry analysis; • Industry forecasts; • Light vehicles; • Heavy trucks;


• Off-road vehicles for agriculture, construction and mining;


• Gears and transmissions; and • Government regulations.


SME is proud to offer the Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing Yearbook to you,


a valued member, as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Media area. In January, the media group will also launch a new eNewsletter, Advanced Manufacturing Now, which consolidates four other SME eNewsletters–Lean, AeroDef, Quality, and Energy–into a single digital product. Tis new eNewsletter, to be delivered at least four times a month, will expand its coverage to include topics such as manufacturing soſtware, advanced materials, automation, lasers and additive manufacturing/3D printing. I encourage you to subscribe and/or visit advanced- manufacturing.org to keep abreast of all the exciting advancements taking place in manufacturing.


Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing 1


Michael F. Molnar FSME, CMfgE, PE President SME


Automakers will focus on lightweighting as new products are designed to meet tougher rules phasing in from 2017 to 2025.


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