Impression Technologies Ltd. and Telos Global are partnering to bring Hot Form Quench (HFQ®) Technology to North America, enabling the production of lightweight, high strength aluminum structures designed to meet automotive OEM needs.
“We are delighted to have entered this strategic partnership with Telos Global, which will offer automotive OEMs a high-volume supply base for stronger, lighter, more cost-effective structures made using HFQ Technology to a guaranteed standard,” said Jonathan Watkins, CEO of Impression Technologies. “We look forward to working with Telos to develop a HFQ supply chain capability in North America as well as globally.”
Developed by Impression Technologies, the HFQ Technology is a production method for stamping complex-shaped aluminum components from high-strength and ultra-high-strength alloy sheet. By using hot forming, the pressing/deep drawing process is able to achieve complex shapes from aluminum sheet, while the quenching process ensure that the metal retains the full mechanical properties of the alloy. According to the company, the technology is able to offer OEMs significant savings in weight, cost, and system complexity through its ability to produce deep drawn high strength aluminum alloys with low cycle times and no spring back.
Through the partnership agreement, Telos Global — a leader in the manufacture and supply of tooling and components to the automotive sector — will begin using the HFQ process to manufacture high strength aluminum body-in-white and chassis components from its facility in Caryville, Tennessee. Initially, the company will supply automotive OEMs in North America, before expanding into Asia and Europe.
“This partnership with Impression Technologies offers Telos an exciting opportunity to supply automotive customers in North America and around the world with complex components manufactured from new, high-strength aluminium alloys,” said Rick Teague, CEO and founder of Telos Global. “We believe HFQ Technology, using Telos’ scalable production system, will offer significant opportunities for light-weighting and design flexibility at a competitive price.”
This is a key next stage in Impression Technologies’ establishment of an HFQ supply chain from mid-2020 onwards. The company has been developing and validating its HFQ Technology through its RACEForm Project and is now forming a global network of partners that will work toward a common set of manufacturing, design and simulation standards. Current partners include aluminum sheet supplier Novelis and European precision automotive component manufacturer fischer group.