F.Tech from Japan/Germany (with a manufacturing technology for complex stamping of high strength steels)
Imperial College London from the UK (with a manufacturing technology for fast warm stamping of sheet metals)
Outokumpu from Germany (with a combination of stainless steel materials and their respective manufacturing technologies)
Vestaro, also from Germany (with an epoxy-based resin system)
The four winners are already in touch with relevant manufacturers, suppliers and knowledge partners within ALLIANCE and working on their technologies, as chosen by ika-RWTH and Bax & Company. Their technologies will be applied to existing vehicle parts and presented at the Alliance Future Lightweighting Day in Aachen on September 20th.
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As experts in the field of engineering, material and manufacturing technologies, we have a responsibility towards the future environment and, therefore need to use all available levers to develop efficient vehicles. Addressing the field of lightweight design, the ALLIANCE project opens its borders to enable research and development facilities to bring in their innovations and shape the vehicles of tomorrow.
If you are working in the automotive lightweight field and you would like to contribute to ALLIANCE developments with your own solutions, then this is your chance to get the breakthrough for your technology!
You will get technical support throughout the period of the Lightweight Open Innovation Challenge. You will have the opportunity to pre-assess the feasibility of your technology in a virtual vehicle model. Your technology will be included in all dissemination activities of the ALLIANCE project and presented to an extensive technical group of potential customers.
The winners will get the chance to present their results in a dedicated side-event at the Aachen Body Engineering Days 2018, and have the opportunity to bring their technologies to a board of the six ALLIANCE OEM’s (Daimler, Opel, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, CRF- the Research Centre of FCA).
SAVE THE DATE – 18-20 September 2018!
The technologies you present to us will undergo a predefined application procedure. The following figure illustrates the three phases of the Lightweight Challenge. For every phase, specific requirements need to be fulfilled.