KIRCHHOFF Automotive and the Volkswagen AG have been collaborating for some years, among others, with regards to the material pre-assessment process for various new grades of steel and are investigating a possible series use of these new materials. For instance, the use of materials with press hardnesses of 1900 MPa saves weight and increases safety.
Technology carriers like crash management systems and B-pillars serve for the material evaluation. As part of and also on behalf of the material pre-assessment process, KIRCHHOFF Automotive, together with the participating VW departments, determine important technological parameters required for the start of material release, including the forming and joining behavior of these components. The joint research and development activities in lightweight steel construction are paying off: on the basis of TKSE’s MBW 1900 material, a KIRCHHOFF Automotive product will be used in production vehicles from Volkswagen – with a weight saving of more than 10%.
At our stand in hall 7 at the IZB in Wolfsburg, we will gladly inform you about further innovative lightweight construction solutions with optimum material combinations for the body and chassis. We are looking forward to your visit.