Auto Industry Impact Highlighted at World Magnesium Conference

With more and more automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers using magnesium in their businesses, the impact of magnesium on the industry is increasing daily. Those topics will be explored in depth in May when the top names in the industry gather in Southeast Asia.

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) will host the 2017 World Magnesium Conference, May 21-23, 2017 in Singapore. Among the many info sessions planned will be a trio of closer looks at the automotive industry and the important impact magnesium is having.

  •     Alan Clark of the CM Group will talk about Global Primary Magnesium Supply and Demand Balance.

o    The year 2016 turned out to be a surprising one for many base and minor metals industries, with several markets experiencing some significant and unexpected supply-demand fluctuations. Magnesium was impacted by big swings in Chinese inventories and the ongoing effects of chronic oversupply. CM Group will present its analysis of the global primary magnesium industry supply-demand balance for 2016 in the context of its independent analysis and proprietary industry data set.

  •     Aaron Adams, Jon P. Weiler, Jeremy Bos, Chris Sweet and Richard Berkmortel of Meridian Lightweight Technologies will discuss Third Generation Ford F-150 Die-Cast Magnesium Radiator Support Evolution.

o    Three consecutive generations of Ford’s F-150 full-size truck have been assembled with a die-cast magnesium alloy radiator support. The design of the radiator support has evolved with each generation, resulting in a lighter and thinner component. The reduction in mass can in part be attributed to improved design, corrosion mitigation, and modular assembly strategies, as well as advances in technology with each generation.

  •     Alan Luo of the Ohio State University will speak about Enhancing the Ductility of Cast and Wrought Magnesium Alloy Products

o    Poor ductility has been a major barrier to widespread applications of cast and wrought magnesium alloys in structural applications. Luo will present an overview of recent research and development on ductility enhancement in both cast and wrought magnesium products, through alloy design and innovative processing. Although high-pressure die casting has been the dominant process for manufacturing magnesium castings, new process technologies are being developed for high-integrity castings for improved ductility.

In addition, IMA will present its annual awards to industry leaders at the three-day conference, which will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Honors annually bestowed by the IMA include four Awards of Excellence (Automotive Cast Products, Commercial Cast Products, Wrought Products and Process) and an Environmental Responsibility Award.


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