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Materials Service

Analyses material change opportunities, mostly to sustain light weighting or sustainability efforts.

To comply with emissions targets, OEMs must  consider all options, including new materials that  reduce vehicle mass. Additionally, OEMs and suppliers need to examine new construction materials and techniques to reduce costs, ensure greater cradle-to-grave sustainability, and support innovative design features.

IHS Markit’s Materials and Lightweighting Service provides insight, context, data, and analytics for the key technologies that are reshaping the materials used in  car and components production.

Topics covered:

  • Weight reduction and joining technologies
  • Material changes (e.g. plastics, carbon fiber, aluminum, alloys)
  • Recyclability 

Planners and strategists use the service to:

  • Assess the evolution of materials used in a vehicle’s architecture
  • Analyze how the competition is advancing weight reduction strategies
  • Get an assessment of what has succeeded
  • Understand OEMs’ purchasing strategies

The Materials & Lightweighting Service is part of a suite of vehicle contenting services. Delivered through AutoTechInsight, an IHS Markit automotive strategy and planning solution, the service provides a view into current automotive trends and future demand through:

  • Sector News & Insights (covering all service domains)
  • Reports (Materials and Lightweighting service domain-specific)
  • Supplier Profiles (Materials and Lightweighting service domain-specific)
  • CFA Relations (OEM-Supplier relationships, both analyst and survey-based researched databases, delivered via Query Tool & 5 Analytics via Analytics Tool (Materials and Lightweighting service domain-specific)
  • Access to analysts, a listing of materials & lightweighting-related events and monthly webinars
  • OEM-level and Model-level forecasts, technology fitment, and supplier relationships (optional add-ons) 
Expert
Edwin Pope
Edwin Pope

Edwin Pope is the Technical Lead Analyst for Materials&Lightweighting Practice. Based out of Southfield, MI, he coordinates the whole materials research, managing the data flow of various regional analysts and ensuring consistency in the data. Edwin joined IHS Markit in September of 2017 as a Supply Chain Principal Analyst for the Component Team and he has dedicated himself in the creation and launch of the new Materials&Lightweighting practice.
Before joining IHS Markit, Edwin was part of the vehicle mass team at a major US OEM, working on the lightweighting design of various vehicle models. Edwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, focus in lasers and optics from the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY).

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