ElringKlinger's Technology now Available to all Car Manufacturers
The ElringKlinger Group has concluded a license agreement with one of Germany's premium manufacturers, the focus being on pioneering lightweight components made of metal and plastic. The license agreement will allow ElringKlinger to market their innovative technology to other car manufacturers, thus unlocking significant opportunities for follow-on orders in the coming years.
In the second quarter of 2015, ElringKlinger ramped up serial production of cockpit cross-car beams, front-end carriers and front-end adapters made of polymer-metal hybrids, which are being supplied to a premium-segment car maker in Germany. These structural components are produced by means of pioneering hybrid hydroforming technology, allowing considerably weight savings compared with standard steel-based parts used in the past. This will give ElringKlinger a foothold in the rapidly growing and technologically advanced market for lightweight body and chassis components.
The current large-scale contract with the German premium car maker alone covers a volume of more than EUR 120 million in the next five years. Several other customers have already voiced their interest in the new technology. Following the conclusion of the license agreement, ElringKlinger will swiftly enter into concrete negotiations with interested vehicle manufacturers.
The new production method brings together the technique of metal-based hydroforming with that of plastic injection molding - in a single step. The thus resulting hybrid components made of plastic and metal combine the benefits of these two materials. These include technical aspects such as superior precision in terms of shape and dimensions, with minimal tolerances, as well as outstanding flexural rigidity and buckling resistance in the event of an accident. Additionally, the ability to incorporate several steps in a single process helps to make production more efficient and cost-effective.
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