Alan Banks

Alan Banks, UK Lightweight Innovations Manager at Ford Motor Company
UK Lightweight Innovations Manager

Alan Banks is the Lightweight Structures Supervisor within Innovation and Research at Ford Motor Company.

He started work at Ford in 1983 as an apprentice and worked in Chassis Engineering responsible for suspension systems on commercial vehicles until 2019 before his move to Innovation and Research.

His remit with the Innovation and Research team is to lead projects with light-weighting technologies and applications in design with mass production capability.

This remit includes material choices from advanced steel to full composite structures, including hybrid technology to produce the best value for automotive applications. Alan is responsible for a team of 8 engineers to ensure customer expectations are met as well as component specifications for lightweight application technology.

He has 8 patents to his name. Alan has a First Class Honours Degree and an MSc from the University of Bradford in the UK, is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, as well as a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Session(s):

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
UK Materials Strategy for Automotive

Theatre :  Supply Chain and Trade 

11:00  -  11:25

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Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick.
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Jan Lukaszewski Technical Manager at ALFED
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John Pearce, CEO at Made in Britain
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Mark Jolly, Director at TransFIRe Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield University
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Mark Miodownik
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Martin Dudley CEO of Thomas Dudley Group Ltd
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Martin Quinn, Head of Technical Project Delivery at GPE
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Michael Samson
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Nancy Badoo, Associate Director of The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
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Philippa Oldham
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