Last month, around 70 representatives from different parts of the global car industry gathered at AP&T in Ulricehamn, Sweden. The programme included the unveiling of two new innovations that are said to enable lighter, safer and more energy-efficient cars to be manufactured: process technology for forming high-strength aluminium; and the company’s new servo-hydraulic press.
Among other things, visitors learned that AP&T’s process can provide weight savings of between 30 and 50% compared with current technology. At the same time, the material is stronger and crash resistance improves — aspects that aroused a great deal of interest among auto OEMs and subcontractors. AP&T’s solution for forming high-strength aluminium recently won the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award in the Enabling Technology category.
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