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|Magnesium News 2016, Sept-Oct|
2016 GALM Conference Asia
100 delegates joined together at the 2016 Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Asia Conference took place September 28-29 in in Shanghai. The Magnesium side was represented well by IMA, Magontec and Meridian.
Automotive OEMs representd were GM (GM China, and GM NA), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR JV, and JLR UK), Great Wall, PSA, Geely, Chery, Honda, NEXTEV (a new Chinese electrical vehicle company), DENZA (Daimler- BYD EV JV), and Huachuang EV. A common theme from the OEMs present was, "use the right material at the right place.” In this instance, the “place” means not only “the right place on the car,” but also “the right geographical region.”
All domestic OEMs are facing high weight reduction challenges in their new models. It became evident, more this year than in past years, that more OEMs are talking about Magnesium, and more are starting to show interest of Magnesium. However, high strength steel and aluminum are still their priority metallic materials.
Three Electric vehicle companies attended the conference, and all have high weight reduction target.
IMA colleagues from Magontec Xian did a great job circulating the IMA materials and promoting Mg materials. In one word, the event this year was a success.