TRIMET opens up new application areas for aluminium in the automotive industry
At its Harzgerode and Sömmerda production sites, TRIMET Automotive Holding GmbH produces sophisticated die-cast aluminium components, particularly for the automotive industry. Lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important here. Working closely with customers and partners, TRIMET’s own Research and Development (R&D) department develops solutions for material, product and process issues to further exploit the material’s potential in automotive construction. “The innovation pressure is immense in the automotive industry. With tailor-made solutions for our business partners, we help ensure that vehicles are light, safe and efficient, regardless of the drive technology used. By participating in cutting-edge research projects, our Research and Development department is underscoring its innovation competence,” says Luigi Mattina, Member of the TRIMET Executive Board.
One of the current research focal points is the joint project “LeiRaMo”, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which is working on the development of an extremely lightweight wheel hub motor. Within this framework, TRIMET Automotive’s R&D department is involved in the development of a compound casting process that will integrate a magnesium insert into an aluminium component for the motor’s stator.
In another project, TRIMET is driving the development of a hybrid process chain that combines die casting and additive manufacturing. The approach taken as part of the joint project “CastAutoGen” envisages the recasting, strengthening or molding of 3-D printed or additively manufactured structures into a die-cast component.
In addition to process development, material development is one of the key focal areas of R&D at TRIMET. Customers benefit here from the in-house smelter laboratory with heat treatment, as well as the company’s longstanding expertise in alloy development.
TRIMET supplies all major automotive manufacturers and their subcontractors with customized solutions and lightweight components. At the production plants in Sömmerda and Harzgerode, the family business produces around 13 million die-cast parts each year, including mechatronic components for the latest generation of automatic transmissions, structural components, engine pedestals and brackets. The company’s service range includes not only casting, mechanical processing and surface finishing, but also the installation of finished assemblies and the development and construction of tools.
EUROGUSS 2018 in Nuremberg – TRIMET is looking forward to your visit in hall 7A at booth 332.