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TWO INDUSTRIES ‒ ONE GOAL Stahlinstitut VDEh Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V. (IMU)
Kundentagung 2016

99 kg of Lightweight Design Potential – The Lightweight Forging Initiative Phase II Light Commercial Vehicle Presents its Results

The Lightweight Forging Initiative presents its lightweight design ideas developed in 2015. In total, a weight-savings potential of 99 kg was achieved in the powertrain and chassis. The consortium, which comprises 17 forging companies, 10 companies from the steel industry (long products) and an engineering service provider under the auspices of the German Forging Association (Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V.), came together at the beginning of 2015 for the “The Lightweight Forging Initiative Phase II Light Commercial Vehicle” and was able to continue the success of Phase I Passenger Car.

The benefits for the companies and the industry lie in communicating the lightweight design potential of forged parts as well as in demonstrating the competitive advantages over rival production processes and materials.

The diverse individual company- and product-specific activities are clustered together through the joint, coordinated presence of companies from the industry, thereby boosting effective publicity. The intensive collaboration among companies with various areas of expertise, ranging from prematerial manufacture to the forging and machining of parts, is an additional advantage. The project was financed from the funds of the participating companies and associations.

Chairman of the Consortium

Dr.-Ing. Hans-Willi Raedt, Vice President Advanced Engineering, Hirschvogel Automotive Group, Denklingen (as a representative of the forging companies), is Chairman of the Consortium. Speaking on behalf of the forging companies, he says: “Generating optimum solutions can only be achieved by bundling all know-how across the entire production chain – from steel manufacture, forging and machining through to the finished product.”

Dipl.-Ing. Frank Wilke, Vice President Technical Customer Consulting, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH, Siegen (as a representative of the steel manufacturers), is Vice-Chairman of the Consortium. Speaking on behalf of the steel manufacturers, he says: “The intensive cooperation between forging companies and steel manufacturers gives rise to new synergies resulting from cost-efficient high-strength steels with lean, reliable production operations across all processing stages. Such an extensive assessment of these activities is unprecedented.”

Dr.-Ing. Hans-Willi Raedt
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Willi Raedt
Dipl.-Ing. Frank Wilke
Dipl.-Ing. Frank Wilke