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Thoughts and Reflections on Magnesium use - Symposium

Thoughts and Reflections on Magnesium use - Symposium
20 July 2017
12:30 - 17:15

At 1.8g/cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials and is 100% recyclable.

This exciting symposium will be looking at the importance of magnesium within the manufacturing sector – showcasing it as an alternative material, especially for car manufacturers and the aerospace industry in terms of light weighting, fuel efficiency and the circular economy.

The symposium represents an exclusive partnership between Birmingham City University and Meridian Lightweight Technologies UK – the world’s largest producer of magnesium die cast components. The strategic alliance has seen the two organisations working together in the education, research and development of magnesium use, whilst placing fuel efficiency through weight savings and sustainability at its core.

Other partners involved in the collaborative partnership include the International Magnesium Association (IMA), The High Speed Sustainability Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) and Forum for the Future – all of whom will be at the symposium to share their current thinking around the utilisation of magnesium.


12.30pm - 1.30pm – Register, Lunch and networking

1.30pm: Welcome from Birmingham City University

1:40pm: Meridian Lightweight Technologies UK

2pm: Keynote speeches: 20 mins each.

a. High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI)

b. International Magnesium Association

c. Forum for the Future

3pm: Tea & coffee break

3:20pm: Birmingham City University academic keynotes: 3x 20 mins each

4:20pm: Panel Q&A + discussion (Meridian + BCU + Forum + IMA + HSSMI)

4:50pm: Networking - canapes and drinks

For more information on the event please contact Makhan Singh at

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The Symposium will act as an introduction to the research our academics and business partners have been working on. For more information on this, please find links below to abstracts of their work highlighting just some of the work they've been doing around magnesium and the benefits it holds.

- Why Magnesium?

-Towards the Improvement of Magnesium Alloys

-Magnesium in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries

-Attitudes on Magnesium Alloys

-The Viability of Using Magnesium Alloys

-Potential Growth in the Global Magnesium Industry

-Supporting Women in Engineering

-Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions

-A Testbed Platform for UVA Emergency Deployment

-Downtime Solutions to High Pressure Die Casts Exchange

-Vulnerability and Innovation

- Magnesium Alloy Die Casting Process

Want to have your say on attitudes to magnesium? Participate in our research survey.

Have a read here for more information -


20 July 2017

12:30 - 17:15





The Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD

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