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Magnesium Forged Components for Structural Lightweight Automotive Applications


Project timeline
July 2006
42 months
December 2009
General Information
The project addresses the issue of weight reduction of structural components by using magnesium (being 75% lighter than steel and 35% lighter than aluminium). Overall goal of the project is to provide tailored and cost-effective technologies for the industrial manufacturing of magnesium forged components. Current constraints are to be resolved in order to prepare the European forging industry for this innovation. Hence, the technological basis for the design and manufacture of magnesium forgings needs to be reinforced and dissemination and training needs to be undertaken. Scientific and technological objectives are new feedstock materials with improved performance, forging process design and modelling tools with a satisfying level of predictability, machining technology for finishing of magnesium forgings, and typical magnesium demonstrator components. Research and technological development activities will thus focus on material, process and component development. The targeted advancements are to enable high-volume applications (cost-price reduction of 50%) of lightweight magnesium forgings (weight saving 15–25% over current best-in-class aluminium versions). Stakeholders are the forging industry (associations and their SMEs), but also the material producers and end users as well as suppliers of auxiliaries and engineering services.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP6-2004-SME-COLL
Project TypeCollective Research Project
Contract NumberCOLL-CT-2006-030208
Co-ordinatorNetherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research , TNO, NL
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Dietmar Letzig, Institute of Materials Research, WZW Phone: +49 4152 87 1994, Fax : +49 4152 87 1927
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Asociacion Española de Fabricantes de Equipos y Componentes para Automocion (ES), Association Française de Forge (FR), Confederation of British Metalforming (UK), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DE), Duroc Tooling i Robertsfors AB (SE), Forgialluminio 3 s.r.l. (IT), Gospodarsko Interesno Združenja ACS, Slovenski Avtomobilski Grozd (SI), IDEKO Sociedad Cooperativa (ES), Kovinar D.O.O (SI), Leiber Poland Sp. Z o.o. (PL), MAT PlasMATec GmbH (DE), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (NL), Nonferro Metaalnijverheid N.V. (BE), Pressmetall AB (SE), SC Bimetal SA Bucharest (RO), Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre (SI), Societatea de Forja din Romania (RO), Soraluce Sociedad Cooperativa (ES), Svaz Kovaren Česke Republiky (CZ), Svensk Verktygsteknik AB (SE), University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (SI), University “POLITEHNICA” of Bucharest – Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (RO)

(completed December 2009)

Last Update: 16. April 2021