An ALLIANCE of automobile leaders

Six leading European carmakers (Daimler, Volkswagen, Fiat-Chrysler Research Centre, Volvo, Opel and Toyota) have joined forces to form the ALLIANCE consortium together with four suppliers (Thyssenkrupp, Novelis, Batz, Benteler) and eight knowledge partners (Swerea, Inspire, Fraunhofer LBF, RWTH-IKA, KIT-IPEK, University of Florence, Bax & Company, Ricardo). The ALLIANCE initiative is endorsed by EUCAR and EARPA.

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DAIMLER

Daimler is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach, aiming to develop the safest, most comfortable and most efficient vehicles in the world. Within ALLIANCE, Daimler is responsible for the overall coordination of the project.

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Volvo Cars

Global Car Manufacturing Company offering safe and environmental products. Responsible for cost efficient demonstrator supply in the ALLIANCE project.

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Adam Opel

Automotive OEM. Responsible for design and optimisation methodologies in the ALLIANCE project.

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TOYOTA

One of the biggest car manufacturers in the world aiming to contribute society by safest and most responsible ways of moving people . Responsible for WP2 on innovative materials.

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Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and commercial vehicles and the largest carmaker in Europe.

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CRF

CRF is an FCA company with the aim of developing innovative solutions to improve the competitiveness of FCA products. Within ALLIANCE Project in charge for weight reduction design and responsible for WP3 related to manufacturing technologies.

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thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe represents innovations in steel. The development of new products and their application as well as new production techniques are key aspirations.

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NOVELIS

Leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products. Responsible for developing and supplying high formable and high strength aluminum grades for lightweight automotive applications.

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BATZ

Batz S.Coop. A world class products and services supplier for the automotive. BATZ designs and manufactures systems for safety, weight reduction, ergonomics and driving efficiency. In ALLIANCE project, responsible of improved plastic manufacturing processes as well as design and physical prototyping of a full reinforced thermoplastic rear floor.

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BENTELER Automotive

Automotive supplier offering development, production and service in almost every major market worldwide. BENTELER develops, prototypes and produces hybrid lightweight solutions.

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SWEREA – KIMAB

Swerea KIMAB is a research institute sphere active in materials development and characterization, process development and industrial manufacturing technologies. Performs Joining process development in  ALLIANCE.

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INSPIRE

Inspire the leading Swiss competence centre for technology transfer from ETH to SMEs in the fields of technology, methods and processes for product innovation and production technology.

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FRAUNHOFER

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), the largest organization for applied research in Europe, undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. It is leading the testing and validation efforts within ALLIANCE.

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Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University

Europe’s leading automotive research institute creates ideas for the innovations of tomorrow. Ika is responsible for sustainability and feasibility of the ALLIANCE lightweight concept.

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide. Research on lightweight design and product engineering methods.

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UNIFI

Academic institution active in the higher education and research sector. Responsible for environmental impact assessment of lightweight solutions through LCA approach.

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BAX & COMPANY

Innovation consultancy helping clients create value from science & technology. Responsible for economic viability of lightweight solutions, and communication activities.

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RICARDO

A global engineering and strategic, technical and environmental consultancy business. Responsible for developing a central database tool for the lightweighting technologies and approaches developed within ALLIANCE.

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