Materials and Lightweighting

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) 
Edwin Pope
Edwin Pope

Edwin Pope, Principal Analyst for Vehicle Dynamics & Materials at S&P Global Mobility with global responsibility for the automotive body in white materials forecast.

Edwin specializes in forecasting the automotive materials market through a cross functional analysis of the entire vehicle lifecycle. His expertise includes material usage and manufacturing techniques in body structures, chassis, and propulsion systems. He closely follows trends in 3D Printing, alternative fuels and performance engineering.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Edwin worked as a Mass Integration Engineer at a global leading American automotive OEM on one of the highest volume premium sportcars.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and is based in Southfield, Michigan. His continuing afterhours automotive education focuses on fabrication.

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