The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) has expanded its strategic partnership with the Automotive manufacturer Toyota.
According to AZL, its representatives and those of Toyota Motor Europe have signed a contract for a 5-year premium partnership with immediate effect. The focus of this cooperation lies in particular on the identification and development of production systems and quality assurance methods necessary for realising large series production of lightweight automotive components.
AZL explains that in early 2013, Toyota had already been among the 33 founding members, using the competences of the AZL for cooperative development of lightweight production technology between academic research and industry. In order to intensify the existing successful cooperation with the international research network of the AZL, representatives of Toyota have now decided to become a premium partner of the AZL.
Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Director of AZL Aachen, explains “We, as a service provider for lightweight production technology, offer our partners holistic solutions along the entire value chain of composites. This encloses research and development in the areas of materials, processes, machinery and production systems. Together, we develop future technologies for lightweight production. In the framework of the premium partnership, Toyota will benefit significantly from the interdisciplinary cooperation between different sectors through which we ensure that future challenges in terms of waste minimisation, process capability, quality assurance and production planning can be achieved.”
AZl says the key aspect of this cooperation shall be the improvement of the material and energy efficiency for large-scale production of lightweight components with consideration of the complete composite supply chain. The continuous optimisation of automated production processes in the Automotive manufacturing is of highest importance, particularly at very high volumes, as in the case of the global market leader Toyota, who has sold almost 10 million vehicles in 2013.
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