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CHANGAN & FORWARD ENGINEERING PRESENT AT AACHEN BODY ENGINEERING DAYS ‘21

Together with CHANGAN Automobile, we will share the latest results of China’s first composite intensive multi-material Body-in-White development. The presenters will show how the team drove this successful program from concept development through, detailed design, local tier supplier development, series process prototyping all the way through vehicle builds for successful CNCAP crash validation testing.

Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 21st at 4:30pm CET for our presentation “Changan EADO ET – Composite Intensive Multi-Material Body in White Structure”.

FORWARD ENGINEERING JAPAN HAS MOVED TO THE “NAGOYA MITSUI NORTH BUILDING”

After two intense years and unimaginable circumstances, Forward Engineering Japan (FEJ) is excited to announce that we have moved to a new location. With the extensive resources available in Japan’s automotive industry center, Nagoya remains an excellent place for us to call home.  Our new offices include enhanced multi-media conferencing which simplifies our ability to host multiple client meetings and workshops concurrently. The convenient location, adjacent to the Nagoya train station, will make it even easier for people to visit as we look forward to a post-covid return to in person meetings.  We look forward to hosting you for a visit to our new location when conditions permit.  In the meantime, please take note of our new address as outlined below and update our contact information in your files:

NAGOYA MITSUI NORTH BUILDING (8-18, Meieki 4-chome, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
450-0002, Japan)

FORWARD ENGINEERING IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH PARTNERS DEVELOPS A NEW COST-EFFECTIVE MODULAR CELL-TO-PACK HIGH VOLTAGE GFRP SMC BATTERY ENCLOSURE

Through close collaboration with industry leading partners, Evonik Industries AG, Lorenz Kunststofftechnik GmbH and LION Smart GmbH, Forward Engineering GmbH has developed an exciting new composite intensive high voltage battery enclosure.

This fresh new modular mixed material approach enables a cost-effective scalable solution for a range of vehicle applications. Featured within the design is a new high performance GFRP SMC compound which delivers the unique combination of exceptional mechanical performance, extreme fire resistance together with ease of manufacturing processability. Please see the attached release, or contact us directly, to learn more about this exciting program.

COLLABORATION BETWEEN FORWARD ENGINEERING AND LEHMANN & VOSS

Design, Materials and Processing. DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing) encompasses all of these elements. Forward Engineering North America´s collaboration with LEHVOSS Group of North America and the establishment of our Additive Manufacturing Labs in Detroit and Munich is helping to accelerate the development of functional structural 3D printed parts for the Automotive/Mobility industry. Together we are helping OEMs and Tiers leveraging the power of Additive Manufacturing

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE MIXED MATERIAL BATTERY ENCLOSURE

17 rd July 2020, 9:00 – 10:00, Webinar of Composites United e.V. Speaker: Denis Schmitz, Forward Engineering GmbH

Forward Engineering presents challenges and concepts for the development of mixed material battery enclosures. The presentation material is in English, spoken in german.

"(IT'S NOT EASY) BEING GREEN" - A HOLISTIC APPROACH FOR A SUSTAIN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

3 rd June 2020, 9:00 – 10:00, Webinar of Composites United e.V. Speaker: Markus Beer, Forward Engineering GmbH

Forward Engineering will show the development framework “Design for Sustainability” with examples of applications how to adopt the methodology to your product portfolio.

FORWARD ENGINEERING PRESENTS AT THIS YEAR´S “STRUCTURAL THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES CONFERENCE -(TCC2020)”

The first Virtual Thermoplastic Composites Conference (TCC2020), presented by ACMA and
Composites Manufacturing was a great and interesting online experience.

Our presentation on Accelerating the Deployment of Structural Thermoplastic Composites for Next Generation Automotive and Transportation Applications was received very well with excellent questions from the engaged audience of participants.

Strong interest in collaboration around Material Card generation and sharing was a key take-away from the event. Forward Engineering’s Material Card Development Program was designed exactly for this reason and we are excited to play such an important role in the growth of structural thermoplastic composites.

Meeting with exhibitors and attendees through the online platform and the live feedback through the chat function during the presentations was a unique way to measure audience engagement real time.

Thank you to the ACMA and everyone that participated in this very special event. We look forward to continuing the very interesting discussions around accelerating the growth of Structural Thermoplastic Composites and welcome those we have yet to connect with to contact us directly to join the conversation!

SUCCESSFULL DEVELOPMENT OF COMPOSITE DOMINATED MULTI-MATERIAL CAR PLATFORM FOR CHANGAN.

The Chinese vehicle manufacturer CHANGAN has successfully produced the 1st government funded composite dominated multi-material car platform in its Chongqing factory on March 20th 2020. Our subsidiary, KDX Design Center was responsible for engineering development of the body in white & closures from pre-study phase to final data release incl. strong support for all material, process and assembly related topics.

The body structure consists of 2 modules – with the upper made mainly from CFRP incl. high strength steel and lower frame made entirely from aluminum.

The major challenge of this fast lane development project is to achieve a robust design within short development period and at the same time to meet high weight-performance targets (over 30% lightweight to metal, 5 stars CNCAP rating). In addition, over 10 different local materials and 4 manufacturing technologies need to be qualified and used for body structure, which requires full understanding of different material behaviors and specific material development strategy [MODULAR APPROACH ©FE].

The vehicle structure has been validated by FEA simulations and several tests including full vehicle crash tests.

After the entire vehicle validation tests and further optimizations, the multi-material structure concepts are expected to be transformed into mass production applications at CHANGAN Group.

NEW SMC MATERIAL ENABLES ECONOMIC LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION OF BATTERY ENCLOSURES

In cooperation with its joint venture Vestaro, Forward Engineering has developed a multi-material design for a battery enclosure. The central component is the cover structure, which is based on the Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) technology. By using a specially developed hardener for epoxy SMC systems from Evonik, a cost-efficient and mechanically highly resilient lightweight design could be realized. In cooperation with the manufacturing partner Lorenz Kunststofftechnik and the battery system developer LION Smart, this development was presented and validated within a holistic battery system concept. The
preliminary project results were published in the JEC Magazine (issue 133).

FORWARD ENGINEERING EXPANDS GLOBAL TEAM WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FORWARD ENGINEERING NORTH AMERICA

We are proud to announce the establishment of Forward Engineering North America, LLC (FENA) and the appointment of Adam Halsband as Managing Director of our North American Operations.

The Forward Engineering team has been supporting North American clients and collaborating with regional technology partners on the accelerated adoption of composite intensive mixed material solutions since several years. Electrification, automation and demand for cost effective innovation has fueled a steadily increasing demand for FE’s unique production-based design and engineering services in the North American market.

With our new office in Metro Detroit and a dedicated team on site we are now even closer to our customers and partners to support the growth of Forward engineering globally and especially in the North American market.

Read the official press release here:

FORWARD ENGINEERING PARTICIPATES AT THE JEC WORLD EXPO PARIS FROM MARCH 3RD TO 5TH AND SHOWCASES BATTERY ENCLOSURE DEVELOPMENT.

Achieving the optimal balance of Mass/Cost/Performance is critical to the adoption of advanced materials and manufacturing processes in the very competitive automotive industry. Forward Engineering team members will be presenting the fundamentals of battery enclosure to vehicle structure integration as well as case studies demonstrating the potential for cost effective lightweighting with composite intensive mixed material solutions.

“Electrification presents a unique challenge for the transportation industry and the opportunity for Forward Engineering to support our OEM and Supplier partners with development and validation of some of the most exciting new composite intensive mixed material designs.” Stated Robert Maier – Managing Director. “We are looking forward to share those stories with visitors to the JEC World in Paris this year.”.

Please stop by our exhibit at Composites in Action Hall 6 Stand D85 to learn more.

WOVEN ROOF BOW WINS 1ST PLACE AT THE CHINA LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN AWARD

Our joint venture, KDX Design Center, has developed a braided composite roof bow for the Chinese vehicle manufacturer BAIC. KDX DC was responsible for concept development, material and technology selection, material characterization and supplier management.

The jury was impressed by the load-path design with cost-efficient material selection (CF and GF), the coreless braiding structure, hybrid joining and the variable cross-sections for flexible interfaces, as well as by the technical performance data (weight: -36.5%, compressive strength: +10%, flexural strength: +60%, torsional stiffness: 10-fold, costs: -50% compared to the industry average) of the fiber composite roof bow.

In the end, 5000 professionals and 7 industry experts awarded the project with the 1st place.

KDX DESIGN CENTER NOMINATED FOR NIO LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON FLOOR AT JEC INNOVATION AWARD 2019

Anew we can proudly announce that our Chinese production partner Kangde Composites Co, Ltd (Langfang, China) KDC together with our joint venture KDX Roding Europe Automobile Design Center GmbH (Munich, Germany) and two other partners are once again among the finalists for the JEC Award 2019 in the category “Automotive Application”.

This year we are nominated for the innovative NIO Composite Floor of the NIO ES6, which was created through the close cooperation of a global network of experts. Despite its low weight (>30% weight saving compared to Al baseline) it offers outstanding vehicle performance (torsional stiffness 44,930 Nm) with 5-star NCAP safety. Furthermore, it can be produced cost-efficiently in high volumes due to a low cycle time (2.5 min) and a fully automated process.

Whether we can take the price for our NIO Composite floor home with us, we will find out on March 13 at this year’s JEC World in Paris. We are excited!