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Manufacturing Technologies Empowering Automotive Lightweighting

Manufacturing Technologies Empowering Automotive Lightweighting

Lightweighting, one of the key trends witnessed in the automotive industry is expected to introduce transformational changes in the longer run. Lightweighting has garnered increased interest from the entire transportation ecosystem to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Lightweighting of vehicles is achieved either by introducing design changes or by using advanced multi-materials either in the chassis, powertrain, engine or other interior parts of a vehicle.

Lightweighting can significantly reduce vehicle weight, improve aerodynamics of the car, and enable improvement in the overall performance of vehicle. The technology and innovation report captures noteworthy manufacturing and materials related technological innovations that enable lightweighting of automobile structural elements, chassis, and powertrain. Examples of such technologies include: flexible roll forming, oil fluidic tube hydroforming, 3D printing, self-joining rivets, resistance stir welding and many more.

Key questions answered in the study:
• What is the significance of automotive lightweighting?
• What are the key funding trends and focus areas?
• What are the key emerging materials used for lightweighting?
• What are the manufacturing innovations driving adoption?
• How did the end-users leverage the benefit of automotive lightweighting technologies?
• What are the growth opportunities beyond 2020 for lightweighting in the automotive industry?


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Explanation of Research Methodology
    • Key Findings
  • Automotive Lightweighting – Landscape Assessment
    • Automotive Lightweighting – A Brief Overview
    • Various Ways to Achieve Lightweighting
  • Key Materials Empowering Automotive Lightweighting
    • Key Materials used in an Automobile and its End Use
    • Contribution of Individual Materials for Vehicle Manufacturing
    • Carbon Fiber – An Attractive Material for Lightweighting
    • Increased Research on the Use of High Strength Steels
    • Advanced Materials and their Contribution Toward GHG Emission
  • Key Manufacturing Technologies Enabling Automotive Lightweighting
    • Parameters for Selecting Suitable Manufacturing Technologies
    • Technologies Enabling Automotive Manufacturing
    • Segmentation of Forming Technologies
    • Extrusion Enabling Multi-material Forming
    • Flexible Roll Forming Enabling Production of Complex Parts
    • Hydroforming Using a Oil as a Fluidic Agent to Initiate Material Deformation
    • Forming Technologies and Enabling Automotive Part Production
    • Joining Technologies Commonly Used in Automotive Manufacturing
    • Magnetic Pulse Welding Generates Strong Weld between Multimaterials
    • Vibration Welding to Overcome Challenges in Ultrasonic Welding
    • Increased Welding Technologies for Aluminum Steel Joining
    • Multi-Material Joining Technologies Without the Use of Heat
    • Assessment of Joining Technologies and Suitable Combination of Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing - The Way Forward For Automotive Lightweighting
    • Segmentation of Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Technologies
    • Commonly Used 3D Printing Technology
    • 3D Printing Based on Bionic Patterns
    • Composite 3D Printing for Automotive Prototyping
    • Overview of the Additive Manufacturing Technology for Automotive Lightweighting
  • Assessment of Market Potential
    • Automotive Lightweighting: A Growing Market
    • Innovation Ecosystem
    • Factors Influencing Innovations
    • Factors Influencing Adoption of Lightweighting Technologies
    • Factors Hindering Development and Adoption
    • Regional Assessment of Lightweighting Trends
  • Assessment of Strategic Initiatives in the Industry
    • Partnerships/Alliances
    • Research Portfolio
    • R&D Funding Trends
  • Strategic Perspectives
    • Growth Opportunities
    • Key Success Factors
    • Technology Roadmap – Forecast till 2025
    • Key Conclusions
  • Key Patents and Contacts
    • Key Patents on Advanced Materials
    • Key Patents on Aluminum for Lightweighting
    • Key Patents on 3D printing for Automotive Application
    • Key Patents by Branson Ultrasonics Corp
    • Key Contacts

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