On November 15, WEIQIAO Germany GmbH and CFEID successfully held a special conference on “Opportunities and Challenges for the Development of Lightweight Construction in the Context of Carbon Neutrality”. There were nearly 50 experts, scientists and company representatives attended the online conference.
Dr. Wang Yan, Vice President of Weiqiao Group, introduced Weiqiao Group’s strategic goals and action plans. President of CFEID Prof. Dr. ‑Ing. Xianzhang Lei briefly introduced the lightweighting special committee of CFEID andhoped that it can continue to play the important role for Sino-German cooperation in the field of lightweight in the future. Envoy-Counselor Linhao Chen from the Department of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy delivered the speech and he pointed out that lightweight technology is nowadays the important way to achieve carbon neutrality in the manufacturing industry, especially in the automotive industry. He then gave an overview of the cooperation between the two countries in the field of lightweight engineering in recent years and expressed confidence in the cooperation between Weiqiao Group and CFEID.
At the beginning of the part of expert presentations, started Owen Chen, R&D Director of Weiqiao Overseas on the topic of Weiqiao’s dual coal goals. Prof. Hai Zhang, Distinguished Professor at Soochow University and Technical Director of Weiqiao lightweighting base, then gave a lecture titled “Weiqiao lightweighting development overall planning and new material technology”. He introduced the lightweighting base and aluminum industrial chain of Weiqiao Group, pointed out the importance of automotive lightweighting in the context of environmental and energy crisis. Then, Prof. Jixiang Luo, professor at Wuhan University of Technology and executive director of National Die Casting Society, Jiamin Su, founder of Suzhou Aojie Automotive Technology Co., Ltd. and chairman of Shandong Hong Ao Co., Ltd. and Dr. Zhenbo He, the founder and general manager of Hangqiao New Material Technology (Binzhou) Co., Ltd, made great presentations for all online participants.
During the Q&A session at the end of the conference, experts and scientists exchanged opinions with the participants about their achievements and experiences in the field of lightweight technology.
WEIQIAO Germany GmbH is a European subsidiary and European headquarters of the Chinese Shandong Weiqiao Pioneering Group. The group includes three listed companies, two of which are listed in Hong Kong, 12 domestic and overseas production sites and over 100,000 employees worldwide. The group covers the complete value chain of the textile and aluminum industry.