LoCoMaTech

LoCoMaTech

Number of consortium partners:19
Coordinating entity:Imperial College London
Full title:Low Cost Materials Processing Technologies for Mass Production of Lightweight Vehicles
Abstract:The overall aim of the project is to reduce the cost of the vehicle components/structures manufactured with a patented HFQ®-Aluminium manufacturing technology by Imperial College (“solution Heat treatment, cold die Forming and Quenching”): the first technology in the world enabling manufacture of high-strength lightweight complex-shaped aluminium parts (validated and used by 4 niche vehicle manufacturers), through further developing 10 recently patented HFQ® related technologies aimed at improving cost efficiency and reducing environmental impact. The low-cost manufacturing technology developed would allow it to be used for mass production (popular) car body and chassis structures, vehicles in general, and hence, full aluminium body and chassis become possible for low-end vehicles, which will lead to substantial improvement of the energy efficiency, performance and travel range of vehicles. LoCoMaTech will construct world first low-cost HFQ® aluminium production line (prototype), targeting the reduction of energy consumption per vehicle by 15.3%, and cost-effective weight savings from 8.55 to 2.16 €/kg-saved and improvement of LCA environmental impact by 15.39%. LoCoMaTech plans to create 53 commercial production lines and 1700 jobs in Year 6 from the completion of the project.
Website:http://www.locomatech.net/ProjectArea1/
  • On 24 July 2019