An EU-funded cross-border
automotive project, entitled Light Vehicle 2025, has been officially started by
its six partners Flanders Make, Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur,
University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps.
The project will run from from 2018 until 2021 and covers the
Euregio Meuse-Rhine region.
‘The presence of a large number of representatives along the
whole chain in the Euregio makes this geographical area one of the most
attractive for any kind of automotive business,’ the project partners said.
One key objective of the project is reportedly to connect the
competences of the industrial companies, institutions and universities in the
region and design and manufacture of several selected lightweight component
prototypes. The aim is to build a virtual technology center for automotive
engineering and manufacturing for the future. Light Vehicle 2025 will also
focus on innovation and new technologies, provide gap analysis on technologies,
cost and training, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate
knowledge transfer and provide an up-to-date worker and engineer training
framework, the project partners added.
‘With lightweight materials, design and manufacturing, we create
the future in automotive: safer, lighter, more fun to drive, environmentally
friendly through material savings and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,’
said Dr Michael Effing, founder and CEO of AMAC GmbH.
have been increasingly important in the EU market place and globally. This
light weight manufacturing program may be one of the early steps towards
cleaner roads air and ocean. Not to mention that an economically viable lighter
weight car is immensely scale-able something that can be adopted all over the
world to vastly cut down on carbon emissions. In addition to the environmental impact
of lighter vehicles a lighter car is expected to reduce the amount of
fatalities in crashes throughout Europe.
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