AEC Announces New Virtual Seminar for Automotive Industry

WAUCONDA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) introduces an educational seminar geared toward automotive industry design engineers, OEMs and tier one suppliers. The AEC Automotive Virtual Seminar, September 28 – 29, 2021, includes two half-day general sessions featuring aluminum extrusion industry experts discussing automotive component design, aluminum extrusion alloys, aluminum’s sustainability, extrusion applications and more.

The AEC Automotive Seminar will be conducted online and attendance is free. Seminar program and registration details are available at

Speakers include extruders that serve the automotive sector with extensive programs, certifications and robust engineering resources, and the metal suppliers they work with. The program provides attendees with a better understanding of aluminum extrusions and the aluminum extrusion process, and the design and processing considerations necessary to ensure a successful and cost-effective aluminum extrusion automotive program.

“Anyone responsible for designing or procuring vehicle components or structural systems should explore this seminar to learn more about how aluminum extrusion fits into the equation of effective automotive design,” said AEC Automotive Seminar Task Force Leader Rob Nelson, Executive Vice President for Almag Aluminum in Brampton, Ontario. Program content is based on input from leading extrusion industry participants, as well as extruded aluminum automotive application studies that AEC has conducted. “The AEC Virtual Automotive Seminar gives speakers a chance to delve deeper into data, to help attendees better understand the benefits of using aluminum extrusions for lightweighting, especially in this era of expanding EV programs,” Nelson commented.

“The Automotive Seminar program is structured so that attendees can choose to view sessions most relevant to them—whether they have a basic understanding of aluminum extrusions or are an experienced user,” explained AEC Automotive Industry Promotion Team Leader Mark Butterfield, Managing Director for Magnode-A Shape Corp. Company in Trenton, Ohio.

Two special presentations of automotive application-focused technical papers will be on the program as well. Nick Parson of Rio Tinto Aluminium will deliver “Extrusions for Automotive Crash Applications”, which describes the results of a test program to examine the crush behavior of a range of alloys for automotive applications as a function of processing parameters, including artificial aging. Additionally, “Elevated Temperature Exposure Effects: A Comparison of 6xxx-Series and 7xxx-Series Alloys”, authored by Danielle Williamson and David Lukasak of Hydro Extrusions, will be presented.

To view AEC Automotive Virtual Seminar emerging details and to register, visit

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