FORWARD ENGINEERING PRESENTS AT THE SPE ACCE
The 17th Annual Society of Plastic Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition “Worlds Leading Automotive Composites Forum”
took place 6-8 Sept 2017, Novi, Michigan.
Forward Engineering presented together with our new North American Representatives Ruhl Strategic Partners:
“Simulation Driven Design: Enabling & Accelerating Lightweighting”
This world class event provided the opportunity to share with key stakeholders from OEMs, Tier Suppliers and Technology companies how
Forward-Engineering’s unique Production Based Engineering capabilities Enable & Accelerate Lightweighting in the Automotive Industry
The event was a tremendous success including three intense days of presentations, exhibit hall activities and post show networking meetings.
“The level of engagement and urgency in the North American market was clear to see…” said Adam H. “…and the range of very interesting questions made it clear
key industry players value the unique capabilities that Forward-Engineering delivers.”
KDX EUROPE COMPOSITES R&D CENTER FOR LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION WAS
OPENED IN WEYARN BY BAVARIAN MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS ILSE AIGNER
On June 6th 2017, the Joint Venture Partner of our affiliated company KDX Roding Europe Automobile Design Center has opened the
new KDX Europe Composites R&D Center with an official ceremony in Weyarn.
About 300 guests, among them were high-ranking personalities from politics and business, witnessed as Ilse Aigner, together with Chinese ambassador Shi Mingde and
KANGDE Chairman Zhong Yu, opened the technology center.
The European premiere of an entirely new automobile, the NIO EP9 (http://www.nio.io/), was also presented by KDX and NextEV (NIO).
The presented car is one of currently six vehicles worldwide.
The KDX Europe Composites R&D Center is an affiliated company of the KANGDE Group, a Chinese technology corporate group.
The partnerships include amongst others the TU Munich, Forward Engineering, KDX Roding Europe Automobile Design Center, OEMs, First-Tier suppliers and many more.
"COST DOWN APPROACH FOR COMPLEX STRUCTURAL PARTS"
The FIPCO Functional Integrated Plastic Components will take place for the seocnd time
21. and 22. June 2017 this year in Karlsruhe.
Georg Käsmeier, Managing Partner of Forward Engineering, will speak there on 22. June 2017 about cost down approach for complex structural parts using T-RTM technology.
FORWARD ENGINEERING WINS THE JEC WORLD 2017 INNOVATION AWARD
IN THE CATEGORY “AUTOMOTIVE STRUCTURAL”
The new development of a roof frame in T-RTM technology by Forward Engineering will now be honored with the JEC World 2017 Innovation Award!
The production of the roof frame was demonstrated for the first time during the K 2016 with live production in 2 minutes cycle time at the booth of Krauss Maffei.
The result is a cost-efficient roof structure, made of hybrid textiles in multi preform, functional resin areas and integrated metal inserts out of one tool.
The new Near-Net-Shape technology for shell-shaped components is a further highlight to minimize material-and process cost.
All in all the roof frame shows the next generation of innovative HP-RTM part design.
We would like to thank all project partners, who made a major contribution to the success of this project!
Partners: KraussMaffei (Germany), Alpex Technologies GmbH (Austria), Dieffenbacher (Germany), Saertex (Germany), Henkel (Germany), Handtmann (Germany), TUM/LCC (Germany)
Twelve innovations in different categories will be presented during the JEC Innovation Awards ceremony,
which will take place on Wednesday, March 15th 2017, 5p.m. at the JEC WORLD (Paris Nord Villepinte – France).
FORWARD DEVELOPS FUNCTIONAL-INTEGRATED AND
COST-EFFICIENT ROOF FRAME FOR K 2016
Forward Engineering demonstrates with a structural automotive application, produced in the resin transfer molding (T-RTM) process, solutions for a
cost-efficient and functional-integrated composite-lightweight-design. Due to the low viscosity of the used matrix material caprolactam, a quick infiltration
of the fibers and at the same time a high fiber-volume-content is achievable. The developed multi-preform-concept with a near-net-shape trim lowers the
material wastage of the expense fiber reinforcement and reduces the finishing to a trimming of a pure thermoplastic tear-off edge. High functional-integration and
a further reduction of post-treatment is achieved by process integrated metal-inserts. On the K 2016 in Düsseldorf (19. bis 26. Oktober, Halle 15, Stand B27/C24/C27/D24)
KraussMaffei will be demonstrating the production of the roof frame under series production conditions. Besides Forward Engineering the following partners were
involved in the development of the technology demonstrator: KraussMaffei (T-RTM-process, Reaction Process Machinery),
Alpex Technologies GmbH (T-RTM mold), Dieffenbacher (production of preforms/handling), Saertex (fiber layers), Henkel (bonding),
Handtmann (aluminum inlays), TUM / LCC (fiber selection).
MITSUI & CO. LTD., TOKYO, JAPAN,IS DOING AN
EQUITY PARTICIPATION IN FORWARD ENGINEERING GMBH (FE)
FE is a leading German design and engineering company specializing in automotive lightweight structures made from carbon fiber and other
composite materials. FE has an extensive track record in design and engineering activities relating to autobody and parts made from composite materials,
since the time it was part of Roding Automobile GmbH (spun off in March 2016), to reduce the weight of mass-produced vehicles. Mitsui will use
its global network and business activities to promote FE's automotive lightweight design and engineering services. It also aims to expand
its presence in the automotive carbon fiber market by leveraging FE's advanced knowledge and experiences relating to automotive
parts made from composite materials. Mitsui & Co., Ltd is one of the world's most diversified general trading and
investment companies that operates across 138 offices in 65 countries.
FORWARD ON THE
BEIJING MOTOR SHOW
The KDX Design Center and partner Kangde Composites KDC presented themselves at the leading
trade fair of the Chinese automotive industry. The unique combination of German engineering art
and chinese mass production raised great interest among Chinese automobile manufacturers.
When starting production at the beginning of 2017, Kangde Composites KDC will be a significant
participant in the global Tier 1 business for composite materials. Forward Engineering‘s Roding Roadster
demonstrated the broad range of possible applications of composite materials and
the adequate lightweight construction.
FORWARD IS FOUNDING THE
KDX RODING EUROPE AUTOMOBILE DESIGN GMBH
Forward Engineering and Beijing Kangde Xin Composite Material Co., Ltd (KDX) together have founded
the KDX Europe Automobile Design Center. The KDX Design Center develops the composite solutions
for the subsequent mass production at KDC in China. In this respect, KDX benefits from the
experience and competence of Forward Engineering. „German Engineering and favorable
Chinese Production“ is the slogan of this attractive offer to customers. Along with KDX‘s own
research center close to Munich, the customer benefits from cutting-edge engineering
and material and process know-how.