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Laser Beam Welding Event

How to use Lasers and Digital Twins to Accelerate EV Manufacturing

Date: 12th May 2022

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Venue: APC Showcase, IIPSI building, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

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About this event

Large scale electrification of transport represents one of the biggest disruptive technologies in decades. In this scenario, laser beam welding is a key tool for manufacturing of e-vehicles. This one-day event reviews some of the most established and ground-breaking novel laser concepts and beam delivery systems, sensor technologies and closed-loop control strategies for laser beam welding. The event will also discuss current challenges and future perspectives towards the full digitalisation of laser beam welding, in line with the current trend of Industry 4.0.

Our agenda includes high-profile speakers from funding agencies (UKRI/APC UK), machine vendors (Coherent, Lumentum, Precitec) and end-users from both automotive and aerospace industry (Constellium, JLR and Rolls Royce), together with software engineering specialists (Flow3D) and WMG researchers. A round-table discussion will be facilitated to establish a better vision of the future and define industrial needs and priorities.



  • Discuss the industrial perspectives for the design of battery systems and e-motors
  • Learn about up-coming breakthroughs in laser beam welding
  • Demystify digital twins
  • Learn from industrial success stories and use cases


Who should attend:

This event is suitable for industry practitioners (those involved in the supply chain for electric vehicles and OEMs) and Researchers.



Time Title Speaker/chair
09:00-09:30 Registration/Exhibition  
09:30-09:35 Welcome speech/introduction to the conference Alison Meir, Head of Business Development for WMG's High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Design perspectives


The revolution in future cell formats and chemistries and what this means for module, pack and vehicle engineering

Martin Dowson, Chief Engineer, Head of Battery Systems Engineering and Research at WMG


Lightweight innovative battery enclosures using recycled aluminium technologies

Emmanuel Beslin, R&D Programme Manager for Automotive Structure & Industry business unit at Constellium


Coffee Break / Exhibition


Advanced sources, beam shaping, and monitoring


Adjustable Ring Mode fibre lasers to overcome challenges in EV production

Peter Kallage, Head of Laser Applications at Coherent


Laser Processing of EV Battery Electrodes

Philippe Leopold, Sales Director at Lumentum


The potential of photonic technologies in EV manufacturing: measurement, monitoring, control

Dr Markus Kogel-Hollacher, Head of department R&D projects at Precitec Group


Networking lunch / Exhibition

Research perspectives


Advanced CFD simulation of laser-based manufacturing processes

Mark Keating, Managing Director & Principal CFD Engineer, Flow Science UK Ltd


Digital twins for sustainable production systems

Prof Darek Ceglarek, Head of Digital Lifecycle Management Group at WMG


Laser beam welding in high volume manufacturing for e-mobility – what’s next?

Dr Pasquale Franciosa, Associate Professor and Head of Laser Welding Applications Lab at WMG


Site tour of WMG's facilities and refreshments

End-user perspectives


Up-coming policies and funding opportunities for the development of net-zero technologies Dr Francesca Iudicello - Programme Manager Automotive Zero Emission Vehicles, Land & Maritime Transport at Innovate UK


OEMs presentation - Automotive perspectives for EV manufacturing

Paul Haney, Energy Storage Technology Delivery Manager at Jaguar Land Rover


OEMs presentation - Aerospace perspectives for EV manufacturing

Clive Grafton-Reed, Global Process Coordinator Laser Processes at Rolls-Royce


Panel discussion with OEMs: current challenges and up-coming opportunities

Facilitated by Dave MacLellan - Executive Director of AILU


Wrap-up and conclusions

Alison Meir, Head of Business Development for WMG's High Value Manufacturing Catapult

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