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Aluminium Forming for the Future

A new aluminium forming technology has been developed which has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption and increase recycling in the automotive industry.

Due to the limited ductility of aluminium, it is difficult to form complex shapes and current technologies are inadequate in producing sophisticated shapes and structures for high volume applications.

Professors from the University of Birmingham and Imperial College have developed a technology which solves these problems. Hot Form Quench (HFQ) technology, commercialized by Impression Technologies Ltd, is a process that involves heating an aluminium sheet above its solution heat treatment temperature, then forming it while still hot and subsequently quenching it in the press. This allows pressings to be formed which are lighter, deeper and with tighter radii than has been possible to date.

“HFQ enables the production of lighter, stronger and more sophisticated structures in Aluminium than has been possible to date cost effectively. It creates new opportunities for car manufacturers to improve the performance of their vehicles whilst reducing their carbon footprint,” say's Chief Executive Office for Impression Technologies, Dr George Adam.

Impression Technologies have recently signed a licence agreement with PAB Conventry for PAB to use HFQ technology for forming aluminium parts. The licence agreement permits PAB to produce parts using the patented HFQ system.

For further information please and contact details, please see the attached press release.

For further information on aluminium in transport, please visit the Aluminium Story website.

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