ElringKlinger Receives Major Lightweight Contract from the U.S.
ElringKlinger AG, Dettingen/Erms, Germany, has received an order from an US car maker for the supply of cockpit cross-car beams. The lightweight structural components made of metal and polymer will be fitted to the next generation of vehicles. The contract covers a triple-digit million euro volume over five years. Production is scheduled to commence in 2017. A new production plant in close proximity to the customer's site will be established for the purpose of fulfilling the order and supporting optimized supply chain aspects.
"The second large-scale order for our cockpit cross-car beams serves as confirmation of the decisive route chosen by ElringKlinger in the high-tech market for lightweight vehicle body and chassis components," says Dr. Stefan Wolf, Chief Executive Officer of ElringKlinger AG. He also points to the fact that they are independent from the type of drive system in use: "Our lightweighting solutions help to meet ever-stricter CO2 standards for vehicles with conventional combustion engines but are also instrumental in extending the range of hybrid and pure electric vehicles."
ElringKlinger has been working on substituting metal by plastics over a period spanning more than 15 years and has accumulated considerable know-how in this field with regard to materials and production methods. As a series supplier to a German premium car maker, the Group has already been manufacturing structural parts made of polymer-metal hybrids at its sites in Leamington, Canada, and Suzhou, China, since 2015. The latest order confirms and encourages the strategy of ElringKlinger into lightweight body and chassis components.
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