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Innovations for the vehicles of the future

Under the motto “innovations for the vehicles of the future,“ KIRCHHOFF Automotive is present at this year’s IAA. The focus of this year’s trade fair appearance pertains to lightweight design and car body structural parts that have been developed specifically for electric vehicles.

The IAA is considered the leading trade fair for mobility and takes place from September 14th to the 24th in Frankfurt Main/Germany. Innovative lightweight solutions for vehicle structures are one of the core themes of this year’s IAA trade fair appearance for KIRCHHOFF Automotive.

Using the example of a floor panel, the medium sized automotive supplier from South Westphalia presents a lightweight concept that efficiently applies material combinations for lightweight vehicle bodies. In an integral manufacturing process, several MF semi-finished products and thermoplastic molding compounds are processed in combination with one another.

Based on its lengthy experience in the development of crash proof hybrid steel and aluminum structures for automobiles, the company has also developed a hybrid battery housing made from a combination of steel and aluminum for electric vehicles. The main features of this innovative lightweight concept for the safe housing of high voltage battery modules in electric vehicles include the following: a cost effective design, a flat structure, passive safety, thermo-management, electromagnetic compatibility, tightness, and corrosion protection. The housing design is scalable and can be applied in various vehicle models.

Composite aluminum constructions are made with a combination of cast, profile, and sheet applied to the build of sub-frame structures in automotive engineering. In this context, KIRCHHOFF Automotive presents a weight optimized front axle carrier in an aluminum shell design that represents an economic lightweight solution for the series production of assembly components.

Already during the first two press days the automotive supplier will present its latest developments to highly ranked representatives from politics as well as from our customers. Among them Axel Müller, Director Corporate Procurement Volkswagen; Dr. Klaus Zehender, Member of the Directory Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars; Andreas Müllender, Executive Director Strategic Material Performance Opel Group as well as the Governor of  the US-State of Michigan, Rick Snyder and Brigitte Zypries, Federal German Minister of Economy and Energy.

Until the 24th of September KIRCHHOFF Automotive showcases at the IAA. Come by and visit us in Hall 5.1, booth B08. You will find further information by following this link http://iaa.kirchhoff-automotive.com/.

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