Winning the Weight Race: Opportunities and Challenges in Lightweighting

15 May 2019 - 16 May 2019

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Join us for our lightweighting conference on 15th-16th May 2019 exploring how advanced materials and technologies are taking the weight out of planes, trains and automobiles to improve efficiency and reduce costs as the UK makes the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Date: Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th May 2019
Venue: The AMRC Factory 2050
Price: £150 plus VAT

Download the conference agenda here.

Why attend?

  • Learn from technology and materials experts in aerospace, automotive, space and rail about the future of mobility
  • Tours of state-of-the-art demonstrators and equipment
  • Networking with industry and policy leaders

Speakers from

Day 1Day 2
Ken Smart, Executive Director for Business Strategy, McLaren AutomotiveAlan Partridge, Head of Materials Engineering, Rolls-Royce
Keith Hodgkinson, Deputy Director of Manufacturing, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)Prof. Iain Bomphray, Group Technology Specialist for Lightweight Structures/Director of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (NMIS), Williams Advanced Engineering/University of Strathclyde
Paul Perera, VP Technology, GKN AerospaceHuib Simon, Head of Marketing – Engineering Sector, Tata Steel
Mark Ridgway, Chief Executive Officer, Group RhodesAustin Cook, Lead Engineer for Emerging Technologies & Systems, BAE Systems
Russell Crow, Director Engineering & Development, Tinsley Bridge

Download the full conference agenda here to view all of our speakers.

Join us and hear from policy makers, industry leaders and manufacturing researchers who will provide deep insights into the future of mobility through powerful presentations and real-world technology demonstrators: from machining thin wall aerostructures and additive manufacture of satellite components, through to innovative castings of complex airframes, the design of joints containing dissimilar materials, and one-way-assembly.

Technical presentations from experts in the following organisations: ACT Blades, BAE Systems, BEIS, GKN, Group Rhodes, Laing O'Rourke, Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (NMIS), Lotus, McLaren Automotive, MSC Software, Northern Aircraft, Rolls-Royce, Rotherham Council, Shape Machining, Sheffield Council, Tata Steel, Tinsley Bridge, Ultimate Battery Company, University of Sheffield, Williams Advanced Engineering...with more still to be confirmed.

Sectors and technologies covered: Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Rail, Space, Composites Manufacturing, Machining, Casting, High Strength & Light Weight Metals, Additive Manufacturing, Battery Technology.

Tours to showcase the AMRC's current lightweighting capabilities in: 

Composites Manufacturing

  • Automated Production - utilising automated fibre placement and advanced robotic filament winding to demonstrate the cost and performance benefits of the technologies.
  • Advanced Curing - enabling technologies and autoclave alternatives that will reduce costs and energy, whilst enhancing throughput and quality of components.
  • Novel Materials & Processing - the development of processes and materials to improve net shape component manufacture and material properties.
  • Dry Fibre Technologies - working with traditional textile technologies, such as weaving and braiding, and pushing their capabilities beyond the conventional standards to produce novel composite fibre architectures.
  • Composites machining - making subtractive composite processing affordable, fast and safe, so that it is more attractive to machine a high value-add component to net shape than to use any other technology.


  • Lightweight Thin Wall Machining - milling part features with thin wall characteristics on a variety of materials, whilst maintaining dimensional accuracy and straightness.
  • One-way Assembly - The ability to manufacture fastener-ready holes in composite-metallic stacks that fully comply to specification without the need to disassemble, inspect, deburr, clean or rework.


  • Titanium Investment Casting - for weight optimised aircraft structural components.
  • Optimisation of the Design for Manufacture - reducing components and wall thickness.

Design and Prototyping

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing - allowing complex design geometries to be produced in polymers and metals that are topology optimised for lightweight structures.
  • Analysis - developing and validating analyses for many structural, fluid flow and thermal design questions.

Robotics and Automation

  • Lightweight reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tools - for faster drilling and milling applications and without having to make major investment in purpose-built machine tools, which cannot easily be moved.
  • Robotic composite machining –for improved accuracy, increased throughput and safer working environments.

Additive Manufacturing

  • The benefits of utilising powder metallurgy to produce lighter weight parts with reduced parts counts and increased functionality.

Cost: £150 + VAT (Two day conference - lunch included - plus dinner and drinks reception)

To book your place please click here.

Companies attending from:

3M UK Plc

ACT Blade

Advanced Propulsion Centre



AJE Powertrain Ltd



Aston Martin

Axillium Research





ELG Carbon Fibre

e-Xstream Engineering

Fluency Marketing





Haydale Composite Solutions

Hexadex Limited

ICD Europe Ltd

Innoval Technology Ltd


Jaguar Landrover




Kyocera SGS Tool

Lentus Composites

Lotus Sports Car Engineering

Magnomatics Ltd

Manchester University

McLaren Automotive


Mills CNC

MSC Software



Northern Aircraft

Northern Powerhouse



Philip Bralsford Consultancy & Training

PK Forming

Polytec Ltd



Red Bull Technology

Rhodes Group


Rosler UK

Rotherham Council


Senior Aerospace


Sheffield Council CEO



Simpact Engineering Ltd,

Surface Generation

Tata Steel

The Ultimate Battery Co.

Thinkfast Ltd




University of Nottingham

University of Sheffield

University of Sunderland

VDM Metals

Wallwork Heat Treatment

Williams F1

Event Address:

AMRC Factory 2050
Sheffield Business Park
Europa Avenue
South Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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