Suppliers of the forging industry and steel industry

The Lightweight Forging Initiative
In The Lightweight Forging Initiative Phase II: Light Commercial Vehicle, 17 forging companies, 11 steel manufacturers and an engineering service provider joined forces in October 2014 under the auspices of the German Forging Association (Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V. – IMU) and the Steel Institute VDEh (Stahlinstitut VDEh). The goal of this Initiative, which is unparalleled worldwide, is to achieve weight savings in light commercial vehicles using innovative components made of steel. This project represents the continuation of what was by far the largest pre-competitive joint project of these two industries, namely “The Lightweight Forging Initiative Phase I: Passenger Car” from 2013.

What we offer

The Lightweight Forging Initiative will exhibit at the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt from 15 - 18 September 2015 in Hall 4.1, booth J16. The project entitled “Phase II: Light Commercial Vehicle” of The Lightweight Forging Initiative has been well received, with 28 companies having joined forces to participate in it since October 2014. Under the auspices of the German Forging Association (Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V.), the consortium comprises 17 forging companies, ten companies from the steel industry (manufacturers of wire and bar) and an engineering service provider. Two studies are analyzing the lightweight potential of a light commercial vehicle (with a permissible total weight of 3.5 t).

What we are looking for

Designers and developers from automotive companies, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers will have the opportunity to bring themselves up to speed on the current state of research and to make important contacts. In May 2015, the new Research Network entitled “Lightweight Forging – Innovation Network for Technological Progress in Part, Process and Material Design for Forged Parts in Automotive Technology” was brought to life. Over a period of three years, research will be carried out across Germany.


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