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Welding and Joining for the Automotive Industry

Webinars 15 November 2022

Welding and Joining Processes Technical Group: Welding and Joining for the Modern Automotive Industry

Experts from industry will be presenting on some of the latest developments in welding processes and power sources, quality improvements in spot welding, additive manufacture of bespoke components in a variety of materials and the use of composite materials in automotive applications.

How these developments may be used to improve vehicle design, quality and productivity will be discussed.

Who should attend?

Designers, production engineers, welding engineers and anyone interested in how improvements and developments in materials, joining processes and computer technology are affecting the automotive sector.

Most of the topics will also be of interest to those in the aerospace industry.

Experts from industry and TWI Ltd will be presenting on a range of topics:

  • How Joining Technology Innovation is Enabling the Electric Vehicle Revolution by Sullivan Smith, Consultant, TWI Ltd

  • Lasers for Automotive by Ralf Raimann, IPG

  • Resistance Welding Improvements in an Automotive Body Shop by Mark Verney, BMW

  • Low Heat Input MIG/MAG Welding Processes - Andy Smith, Gordon Murray Design

  • CMT for Automotive Application by Paul Conquest, Fronius

  • Developments in Additive Manufacture for the Automotive Industry by Stewart Williams, WAAM3D


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  • Professional Members of The Welding Institute: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • Industrial Members of TWI: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • Non-members: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • Retired Members: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • Students: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • TWI Training School Customers: £70 + VAT (£84)

TWI Staff - please contact Bethaney Butcher if you wish to register.

Please note that payment must be made before the event in order to receive the joining instructions for the event.

Can't make it on the day?

If you can't join us on the day, you can still access the recording of the webinar and the presentations by registering ahead of the event.*

*presentation dissemination is dependent on presenter consent.

Associate Membership (AWeldI) of The Welding Institute

Registering on this Technical Group webinar as a non-member or a TWI Training Customer gives you full Associate Membership (AWeldI) for one year. To activate your membership, just complete the highlighted fields on the event registration form.

You will also benefit from:

Benefits of attending this webinar

  • Information transfer from experts
  • Discussion, questions and answers on the specific topics
  • A broader understanding of the extent of standards in the industry
  • Attendance of this event qualifies for CPD

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The Welding Institute awards points towards CPD for delegates attending this webinar. Every hour attendance of an event will earn 2 points towards your continuing professional development.

Please contact if you require a certificate of attendance towards your continuing professional development.


Professor Stewart Williams - Centre Director

Professor Stewart Williams

Centre Director
Welding and Additive Manufacturing Centre at Cranfield University

Stewart has been involved in manufacturing process research for more than thirty years including welding, cutting surface treatments and additive manufacture. Currently Stewart is Centre Director at the Welding and Additive Manufacturing Centre at Cranfield University and also Technical Director of WAAM3D.

Paul Conquest - Welding Application Engineer

Paul Conquest

Welding Application Engineer

Paul is a Welding Application Engineer for Fronius and specialises in MIG/MAG welding equipment for all industry sectors.

Several welding processes focus on low heat input welding and are currently used in the automotive industry.

Paul has been involved with weld development for the automotive industry for many years on a wide range of applications and materials.

Ralf Raimann - Sales

Ralf Raimann


Ralf has over 20 years' experience in laser with robotic automation systems and has worked at IPG since 2019. He will demonstrate the possibilities and benefits of the LSS system, not only in comparison with the spot welding gun.

Ralf will also cover new approaches and opportunities to use laser technology without the previous complex devices and protective enclosures.

Mark Verney - Joining Technician

Mark Verney

Joining Technician
BMW Group Mini Oxford

Mark has worked in the automotive industry for the past 35 years, having served a 4-year apprenticeship in Industrial Electronics.

Before joining BMW mini as a welding specialist, Mark worked for both Tucker and Nelson as a stud welding service engineer working in all the main UK car manufacturing plants.

At Mini plant Oxford Mark is responsible for Spot Welding, Stud welding, Gluing, Vision tools and CO2 welding.Currently Mark is responsible for new weld integration for future projects.

Sullivan Smith - Automotive Programme Manager

Sullivan Smith

Automotive Programme Manager

Sullivan Smith joined TWI Ltd in 2011 where he holds the position of Automotive Programme Manager. Prior to that he was employed by Tata Steel from 1998 through to 2011, working in resistance welding R&D and support for the automotive industry.

Sullivan’s specialization is in resistance welding and mechanical fastening processes. His main tasks have been to provide technical support to the European automotive and general manufacturing sectors. In recent years Sullivan has worked on the joining of dissimilar metal alloys and metal to composite joining, and the joining of electrical connections for EV applications. He is also the UK expert on the ISO standard committees for resistance welding and mechanical fastening.

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