August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA

Think Light - Benefits and Opportunities of Lightweight Materials

Date: Thursday, August 23rd from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session Code: MFG3

Location: TBD

Presented by: Virginia Tech

Speakers: Urs Buehlmann, Professor: Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials


This is a traditional presentation-style workshop with industry speakers striving to demonstrate that lightweight panels offer good value to the secondary wood products industry as they are environmentally friendly, strong, and versatile, while they provide ergonomic benefits to the industry's workers and offer companies a competitive advantage.  Workshop attendees will learn about lightweight panel materials, the different types of lightweight panels, how they can be processed, what can be made with them, and the benefits and challenges that exist with lightweight technology. 

About the Speakers: 



As a Professor for the Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials,Urs Buehlmannfocuses on manufacturing systems and on assessing industry competitiveness. Urs has given special focus to the impact of foreign competition on the wood products industry and its relationship with the U.S. housing market. He practices and promotes Lean Principles as a way to improve business results.

Urs has more than 15 years of experience working in industry, including serving as General Manager of Enkeboll Designs, Carson CA.

Other Sessions from Virginia Tech:
BMG4 - Apprenticeships Explained

MFG1 - Industry 4.0 - Industry Status and Examples

MFG2 - Lean in the Automotive Supplier Industry - What We Can Learn from Them