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Overcoming Barriers Associated with Automotive Lightweighting and Vehicle Optimization Virtual Discussion

This panel discussion from the Future Light Automotive Virtual Summit 2021 features:


  • Robert A. Walus, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Rivian
  • Jose Luis Galaviz, Chassis Technical Lead, Frame Group, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
  • Mario J. Felice, Retired – Global CAE Manager Powertrain NVH, Calibrations & Controls, Ford Motor Company
  • Jacob Lyjak, Global Market & Technology Analysis Manager, General Motors


This virtual discussion provides insights into the common challenges faced by the automotive sector when designing, developing, optimising and producing current and future lightweight vehicles.


  • Keeping pace with advancements and remaining agile within a continuously transforming automotive sector
  • Exploring future automotive methods and trends, sustainable mobility, electric vehicles, ridesharing and connected autonomous vehicles
  • Identifying, selecting, validating and implementing innovative technology, materials and processes
  • Securing opportunities to leverage collaboration, to bridge the skills-gap when manufacturing lightweight and next-gen vehicles
  • Striking the balance, cost optimization strategies for lightweight production, engineering and manufacturing
  • Manufacturing 4.0: How automation and digitalization can enhance vehicle manufacturing