Keynote Presentation: Professional Women in Manufacturing: How to attract and develop female leaders in the industry

Gina Radke: Monday, May 2 - 9:45 a.m.

Manufacturing has started to recover from COVID-19, but its recovery isn't complete and the future holds even more challenges. The challenge of weak domestic demand has been eclipsed by the challenge of finding new talent and closing the skills gap. Women make up 47% of the overall workforce, yet only 29% of the manufacturing workforce. Making the female population the largest target market to recruit into the manufacturing sector. Yet, so many companies find it hard to increase their number of female employees. Let’s take an actionable and measurable dive into how to recruit and retain female talent.

Keynote Presentation: Transitioning the U.S. Vehicle Economy to Electric Vehicles - Challenges and Realities

Steve LeVine: Monday, May 2 - 11:30 a.m.

A writer on the future of batteries, electric vehicles, autonomous mobility and their epochal impacts, Steve LeVine will share his expertise on the rapid deployment of electric vehicles across the U.S. Steve is currently the editor of The Electric, a new, exclusive premium publication on batteries and electric vehicles.

Keynote Presentation: Accurately Prepare for Tomorrow

Alan Beaulieu : Tuesday, May 3 - 9:00 a.m.

Key segments of the US and global economy are experiencing a decelerating rate of rise while others are accelerating. We will assess the input from proven leading indicators and determine the opportunities and risks for the remainder of 2022 and for 2023 in pertinent segments of the economy. Labor, supply chain, and prices are top of mind for today’s business leader, and we will explore current and future trends and discuss what decision makers must consider in the face of these crucial factors. A clear understanding of inflation and interest rate trends is key to preparing for the coming years. Knowing what to plan for will place your company well ahead of the competition while increasing profit potential.

State of Lithium Batteries in the Circular Economy

Bob Galyen : Tuesday, May 3 - 9:45 a.m.

During this session, recycling of lithium-ion batteries will be reviewed from the pros and cons of this technology. A reality check will be the highlight of this presentation.


Advanced Manufacturing Requirements for Next Generation Lead Batteries

Norbert Maleschitz: Wednesday, May 4 - 9:40 a.m.

CASE Connectivity, Autonomous Drive, Shared Mobility, and Electrification are the megatrends in the Automotive Industry. Transitions to these trends will have a significant impact on the requirements of a vehicle’s electrical system. While we will see more high voltage Li-ion batteries, there will also be the 12V board-net remaining. The 12V battery in the board-net; however, will be used in a much different way compared to the usual SLI function. Growing demands for convenience but also safety relevant functions (ASIL Level) will be powered by the low voltage side of the board-net. This requires a more accurate predictability, robustness, and reliability from the 12V battery. One of the major needs will be less variation within the individual product, but also from one product to another. The presentation will outline the automotive trends and impacts, while discussing the needs for the next generation of 12V lead batteries in terms of product, process, and equipment requirements.


Opportunities to Advance Active and Passive Materials

Dr. Frank Fleming: Wednesday, May 4 - 9:00 a.m.

Lead batteries have the potential to be a successful key component in future energy storage applications. They have many of the required key attributes such as raw material availability, safety, performance, and recyclability. The performance downsides of lead such as limited cycle-life and low active material utilization are being actively addressed by research programs such as the Lead Battery Science Research Program. A remaining and significant concern, however, is the inherent product variability as a consequence of the legacy manufacturing process, which is both energy inefficient and results in reactivity heterogeneity across the electrodes. By optimizing the starting active materials we can eliminate several of the processes that cause such variability, in addition to reducing manufacturing cost and eliminating wasteful energy consumption.


NEW! BCI Technology and Innovation Summit

This year, BCI is pleased to announce the inaugural Technology and Innovation Summit in tandem with the BCI Convention. The Summit will feature technical programming throughout the Convention led by experts in their fields. Registered attendees will be able to attend the Summit as part of their registration package (a $495 value).