The repair challenge of futuristic car construction technology

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.

Watch the video to learn more about nano steels.



2 Responses

  1. Shane Mitchell
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    Good video shame about the yankee accent. But a good reminder about how far vehicle construction has come over the last decade or 2 and how the panelbeating trade has had to step up with training and specialised gear to repair the collision damage. I hope insurance companies are watching. It would be good to see stuff on carbon fibre construction and repairs too. We haven’t had one yet but I guess just a matter of time now. thanks

  2. Kerry
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    I had no idea car making is so complicated. The video is a cool look at how cars are made and the article talks about how hard these cars are to fix now after an accident claim , it would be good to see a video about repairing these cars too. Do you have one?

    Good work Crash Management, thanks.

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