Rifast Systems LLC


Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Chrysler
  • BMW
  • Lotus Engineering
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • Tesla Motors
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Nissan
  • Toyota

With The Following Job Titles:

Directors, Chiefs, Heads of, Senior, Managers And Specialists In The Following Areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Body Shop
  • Assembly
  • Joining
  • Welding
  • Vehicle Line operations
  • Production Engineering
  • Tooling
  • Quality operations
  • New Models
  • Factory Planning
  • Body-In-White
  • Body Construction
  • Material Handling
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Cost Engineering
  • Lean Engineering

Plus Industry Stakeholders From...

  • Joining And Fastening Service Providers
  • Welding Suppliers Of Laser, Spot, Friction, Stir, Ultrasonic, MIG Applications
  • Tier 1 & Tier 2 Suppliers
  • Adhesive Bonding Technology Providers
  • Self Piercing Rivets Companies
  • Tooling Suppliers
  • Non-Destructive Testing Machinery Suppliers
  • Digital Manufacture, CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping
  • Materials Handling, Conveyors & Robotics
  • Environmental Management Consultants
  • Quality Control System Providers
  • Market Analysts And Consultants
  • Equipment And Machinery Manufacturers
  • Waste Management Facilitators
  • Carbon Fibre And Aluminum Recyclers
  • Academics And Researchers In Manufacturing

Brand New: Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Congress 2014

With new lightweight developments creating challenges in vehicle assembly and driving continual changes to plant infrastructure, manufacturing OEMs are rapidly trying to learn how to cost effectively weld, rivet, form and cast lightweight vehicles on a global platform. Driven by the need to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions, automotive OEMs are reducing vehicle weights by using advanced materials such as high-strength steel, aluminium and even magnesium alloys. The company-critical responsibility of making sure these global strategies are executed efficiently and cost effectively on the factory floor of course, lies with the senior professionals in charge of Manufacturing, Engineering, Body Shop, Assembly and Production Line.

For the first time, the GALM series created a congress specially designed for experts who are actively pioneering key technologies, deciding on joining methods and cost effectively implementing welding, bonding and riveting technologies to economically, rapidly and consistently join high strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber composites.


The mission of the Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Congress 2014 was to tactically support the OEM manufacturing community in the constant changing infrastructure by delivering tried and tested case studies and pioneering research on the cost effectiveness, speed and reliability of the world's leading lightweight joining technologies. Our OEM speaker faculty addressed how to choose the right joining methods for each application by showing how welding, bonding and riveting technologies can be cost effectively implemented on high volume lightweight vehicle lines using state of the art applications with high strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber composites.

The first in the world leading Global Automotive Lightweight Series was designed specifically for manufacturing, vehicle engineering, technology, body shop and assembly professionals, presenters will cover the following key topics:

  • INTEGRATING LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNOLOGY: OEM strategies for introducing lightweight material joining and forming technologies into the existing manufacturing plant with minimal downtime to enable cost savings in high volume production
  • WELDING TECHNIQUES: Assessing the costs, integrity and application of laser, friction spot, friction stir, ultrasonic and MIG welding technologies for joining similar and dissimilar materials
  • JOINING STEEL TO ALUMINIUM: Identifying optimal joining technologies for cost effectively overcoming the incompatibilities of aluminum and steel: welding, riveting and adhesive bonding
  • MECHANICAL JOINING: Identifying which parts of the vehicle are most conducive to self-piercing rivets, adhesive bonding and hybrid bonding relative to material type and costs per joint: rivet vs welding
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING & REPAIRS: Identifying optimal applications of non-destructive testing to reduce the number of joints being tested and assessing optimal joint, crack and dent repair techniques to improve process efficiencies


The Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Congress 2014 will, for the first time...

...provided technical solutions for identifying the most cost-feasible joining techniques, global infrastructure planning strategies and production methods to drive the widespread integration of advanced lightweight materials within OEMs.

Taking a perspective across both body structures and vehicle systems, this was a key opportunity to gain insights into Vehicle OEMs, Suppliers & R&D Institutions' approaches for establishing a cost-competitive light-weighting solution for the mass market.

What Made This Congress Unique?
  • TECHNOLOGY SELECTION & IMPLEMENTATION: This was the first automotive conference to focus on the business case for which lightweight materials joining technologies are right for implementation and how to apply them to enable high volume production both regionally and globally
  • LARGE SCALE FOCUS: This brand new GALM sister event fully encompassed the manufacturing considerations to account for when moving into large scale lightweight manufacturing to provide delegates with intelligence on how to more effectively roll out their own light weighting manufacturing strategies. This isn't just about testing and piloting - it's about tried and tested, commercial global scale production
  • MANUFACTURING JOB TITLE SPECIFIC: The big difference between this event and the events American Business Conferences has done in the past is that this was focused 100% on manufacturing techniques, the hottest topic in the lighweighting field. While the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Conference (Detroit, August) is focused on material selection, product design, supply chain and manufacturing, the Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Congress 2014 will focus specifically on the overall manufacturing considerations for lightweighting implementation
  • UNPRECEDENTEDLY DETAILED AGENDA ON MANUFACTURING: The agenda provided highly detailed analysis of welding, riveting and bonding best practice case studies across each lightweight material and mixed material combinations
  • REPAIRS & JOINT TESTING: The agenda addressed one of the most important topics in manufacturing - the standardization of joint testing and repairs for manufacturing - to identify optimal joint, crack and dent repair techniques and improve process efficiencies
  • STRATEGIC & TECHNICAL FOCUS: The content in other joining conferences is very technical in regards to joining while we focussed on technical joining but also on the strategic implementation of lightweighting in plants. Other conferences show how to implement - we show how to implement technologies but also explained the business case for why each technology was chosen so delegates attain insight into the economics as well as the application of each joining technology. This was a unique agenda design that has never before been done
  • SENIOR & TECHNICAL APPEAL: We therefore attracted senior manufacturing personnel (Directors, VPs, Head Of) at our conference as well as more technical people, whereas some other joining conferences focus purely on junior technical personnel


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