Automakers are investing in new materials that will reduce weight to meet the challenge of higher fuel economy standards without compromising safety and ride quality. To meet these goals, a new generation of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for lightweighting vehicles is required for integration into vehicle structural designs and production. These futuristic car construction technology developments present a significant repair challenge for the panelbeating sector.
NanoSteel is poised to meet the automotive industry’s performance target with AHSS designs that deliver both high strength and high ductility in cold formable steel. These unique performance capabilities will allow the use of thinner steel gauges and more complex geometry parts to maintain stiffness in the pursuit of lighter vehicles with better fuel economy. NanoSteel’s AHSS enables the auto industry to continue to utilize steel’s existing infrastructure, scale and efficiencies versus switching to other lightweighting materials like carbon fibre which may have higher costs, longer cycle times and limited availability. The first applications of NanoSteel’s AHSS sheet designs will be to form structural parts in body-in-white (BIW) vehicle systems. The body-in-white (BIW) typically represents more than 20% of vehicle weight and stands to benefit more than any other automotive system from the weight reducing capabilities of NanoSteel’s new AHSS.
The collision repair industry has changed unrecognisably over the past 20 years and will continue to develop at an ever increasing pace. Modern vehicle construction is now highly complex and the challenges for collision repair techicians are significant. Fortunately the trade in New Zealand has some of the best technical training resources in the world, and Crash Management partners with a network of high quality facilities to deliver quality and confidence for our clients.
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