Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. yesterday announced a new partnership with Impression Technologies to collaborate on research into new and innovative uses of hot stamping aluminium, especially through use of Impression’s proprietary Hot Form Quench (HFQ) process.
Novelis says HFQ is a one-of-a-kind technology that is used to design and manufacture components for the automotive and transport markets that utilizes high-strength aluminium. The firm says it will use 7000-series alloys in the process, which feature greater strength-to-weight ratios, which it hopes will prove to be a superior product to its main competitor, hot-formed Boron steel.
Todd Summe, Chief Research and Development Officer, Novelis Inc., says the partnership with Impression will ultimately be a tremendous benefit to the automotive industry as it modernizes its product.
“Combining our most advanced high strength aluminum alloys with hot stamping allows automotive designers and engineers to push the limits of what is possible for next-generation vehicle architectures. By leveraging the expertise of technology suppliers like Impression Technologies and others, Novelis is able to provide solutions to our customers’ most demanding requirements throughout their development journey.”
Novelis and Impression plan a long-term collaboration to provide parts for both aluminum-intensive vehicles and mix-material architectures. In addition, the two companies say they hope to share knowledge and best practices with Tier One suppliers and OEMs in an effort at accelerating the adoption of light-weight aluminium as a worldwide standard.
“We are delighted to be working with Novelis to accelerate the adoption of ultra high-strength aluminium formed using HFQ into the volume automotive and transport markets,” explained Chief Executive Officer of Impression Technologies Jonathan Watkins.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.