BIW & BODY DEVELOPMENT

BIW & Body development : 

We develop the body in white, doors and lift-gates, right from early concept stage to series production support covering all phases. The Layout Dept works in close cooperation with the design department.We also help the customer select the right materials. In order to ensure the best possible choice of lightweight materials, we are able to draw on our know-how in the competence centres "Material Testing & Simulation" and “Composites”. We also assist our customers with all current body-in-white construction techniques, materials and joining processes.

Body construction techniques :

  • Monocoque

  • Multi-material design

  • Stressed skin (steel, aluminium and hybrid)

  • Space frame

Body materials :

  • Hot-stamped steels

  • Steels of various strengths

  • Cast aluminium

  • Aluminium extrusion profiles

  • Aluminium sheets

  • Composites

 

Joining techniques :

  • Screws (conventional or flow drilling)

  • Rivets (semi-tubular or solid)

  • Welding

  • Soldering (MSG, WIG)

  • Gluing (structural or stabilising adhesives, also in conjunction with welding)

  • Hemming (flat hem, rope hem, also with gluing)

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