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  • Constellium (crashbox production)

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    ARTICLE: Constellium’s Automotive Structures Adapt to Automaker Specifications

    Automotive is a key pillar of Constellium’s overall strategy, accounting for 24% of the company’s sales in 2018 with further growth expected in the near future. This growth is reflected in the company’s recent investments in its global Automotive Structures business unit, with two new plants in Mexico and Slovakia. These new facilities enable the […]

  • https://media.jaguarlandrover.com/news/2018/10/jaguar-land-rover-opens-manufacturing-plant-slovakia

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    Automotive Industry in Slovakia Grows with New Jaguar Land Rover and Gestamp Facilities

    In recent years, Slovakia has grown to be a leading producer of cars in Europe, with automotive component manufacture growing alongside the presence of major automotive companies in the country — representing 44% of the country’s overall industry. Both Jaguar Land Rover and Gestamp have recently started up new production facilities for manufacturing aluminum components […]

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    University of Stuttgart Develops New Friction Stir Welding Process for Joining Aluminum and Steel Plates

    The Materials Testing Institute at the University of Stuttgart has developed a process, based on friction stir welding (FSW), for the high-strength welding of aluminum and steel plates. The plates can have different thicknesses and the seam is so stable that the hybrid plates can even be deep drawn. This enables lightweight yet sturdy hybrid […]

  • Furukawa Electric - fiber laser welding

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    Furukawa Electric Develops Fibre Laser Welding for Aluminum

    The demand for lighter automobile bodies in order to provide improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2emissions has increased in recent years, and various types of aluminum alloys are now being used for automobile parts in an increasingly broad range of ways. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan developed a new fiber laser welding technology said to address […]

  • Bond Technologies - pin tool

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    Taber Extrusions Installs Friction Stir Welding Technology

    Taber Extrusions, an NMLP group company, installed a new friction stir welding (FSW) line at its Russellville, Arkansas, manufacturing facility for the aerospace, rail, automotive, marine, transportation, and other industries. With this machine, Taber will be able to weld large double sided thick profiles with minimal cycles of the machine, providing greater efficiency and more precise results. […]

  • Vitex installed new fabrication equipment, including a Hexagon CMM (left) and a Haas CNC (right).

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    Vitex Extrusion Expands Fabrication Capabilities

    Vitex Extrusion, LLC in Franklin, New Hampshire invested in the installation of new machining centers in order to expand its downstream aluminum extrusion fabrication capabilities. This enables the company to meet increased demand for long part fabrication and precision machining. “During the last 24 months, customer demand for precision machined, long-length extruded profiles has increased […]

  • Super-strong but lightweight, AA 7075 now could be more widely used in automobiles and other manufacturing thanks to UCLA research

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    Nanotechnology Enables Engineers to Weld 7075 Aluminum Alloy

    Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering developed a method for welding AA7075 alloy. Developed in the 1940s for the automotive industry, the alloy that is nearly as strong and one-third its weight, but traditionally has been almost impossible to weld together using the techniques commonly used by auto makers for the assembly of […]

  • CMS Window Systems Doubles Aluminum Capacity

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    CMS Window Systems Doubles Aluminum Fabrication Capacity

    CMS Window Systems invested £500,000 (~US$645,000) in next generation fabrication machinery at its factory in Castlecary, Scotland, more than doubling its production capacity for aluminum windows, doors, and curtain walling. The investment has also increased workforce at the site. The investment project includes the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Emmegi Quadra L2 18-axis CNC machining centre for milling, […]