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Impact of Materials on Weight and Cost Reduction Opportunity in Future Vehicles, 11th March 2011, Gurgaon
SAEINDIA (Northern Section) organized a seminar titled “Impact of Materials on Weight & Cost Reduction Opportunities in Future Vehicles”, which was held on 11th March’11 at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Gurgaon. The presenter for the event was Dr. Prabhat K Rastogi from Arcelor Mittal. The seminar highlighted on the importance of improved fuel-efficiency, reduced GHG emissions and improved safety as key parameters for deciding the success of Auto OEMs in the future. In such a scenario, selection and application of materials would be a key enabler. The focus of the seminar was the use of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) in automotive applications and its edge over conventional products in terms of enhanced crash resistance, better durability, as well as weight and cost reduction. Besides discussing about the manufacturing challenges associated with such products, the presenter also touched upon the Life Cycle Assessment of Steel vs. Aluminum. A general overview on Alternate materials was also given in the seminar. The seminar saw a participation of 80 enthusiasts mainly from Maruti Suzuki, , Subros, SKH Metals, Asahi India Safety Glass, Lumax and student members from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology and U.I.E.T (Punjab University).


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