Andrew Halonen started Mayflower Consulting LLC in the summer of 2009 with intentions of developing a business around his passion of match-making. He’s passionate about matching people, technologies and companies, especially in the area of weight reduction technologies.
Andrew earned a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, and during college, he interned at Ford Motor Company and 3M Company. Upon graduation, he joined 3M and worked there for 8 years. A notable project was a research study on the opportunity for a premium lightweight material known as metal matrix composites (MMC).
Andrew was on a team of three who interviewed automotive OEM’s, Tier suppliers on the process & opportunity for MMC’s, as well as their appetite for weight reduction. This was in the late 90’s. There was not a strong appetite for weight savings, yet their answers today would have been much different with the CAFE requirements. Andrew then moved to an engineering company where he lead the advanced materials group, working on heavy vehicle (military and heavy truck) light-weighting efforts, largely related to high strength aluminum and aluminum composites.
In 2009, Andrew started a consultancy and focuses on market research, sales and business development of lightweight material solutions. Andrew serves on the editorial advisory boards of Lightweighting World and OEM Off-Highway Magazines. He is the lightweighting consultant to the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE).
Andrew has a number of publications on the topic of lightweighting.