Under the combined pressures of delivering environmental protection and energy efficiency, the automotive industry is striving to make major breakthroughs in weight reduction and low emissions. This is the backdrop for Lightweight Asia 2019 from 10-12 July in Shanghai, which will provide a platform for companies from around the world to showcase their latest products and research for next-generation lightweight manufacturing.
Lightweight Asia, which is held by Reed Exhibitions, takes place alongside the 15th Aluminium China event and the two events are expected to attract over 25,000 visitors. This year, the shows have expanded to feature lightweight materials, technologies and parts for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, along with processing equipment and other lightweight manufacturing solutions.
The market for lightweight vehicles is being further driven by recent policy directives and time-frames including the purchase tax rebate extension for EVs (Electrical Vehicles) and supportive policies for HFCVs (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles) to accelerate further development and sales. With the rapid rise of EVs, the auto industry is demanding even more from lightweight technologies for greater cost control, performance enhancement and energy efficiency.
Following the success of last year's Lightweight Achievements Showcase Arena, which brought together over 100 leading companies, the 2019 event will feature even more high-tech, lightweight technologies from companies such as Novelis, Chalco, Nanshan Aluminum, Nanjing Yunhai, PTG Holroyd Powerstir, Aerospace Engineering, Arnold, Weibo Automation, PennEngineering Automotive Fasteners, and AVIC Composite.
Metals and more
Lightweight automotive materials are evolving rapidly thanks to thriving innovation. As well as aluminium and magnesium, Lightweight Asia will showcase a wide range of non-metal materials such as new composites. "In order to provide a powerful platform for the auto industry, this year's event will provide an international forum around EVs and composite materials innovation," said Chris Zang from Reed Exhibitions. "Discussions will take place around lightweight technologies including new types of high-performance composite materials and break-through processes, which will have a major impact on the manufacture of EVs. Comprehensive information on EV industry policy trends and the market landscape will also be shared by industry experts."
Visitors can now pre-register online through the official website https://www.lightweightasia.com/en/ or by using the LWA WeChat account.