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Low Cost Materials Processing Technologies for Mass Production of Lightweight Vehicles

Objective

The overall aim of LoCoMaTech is, in the first place, to enable the novel HFQ® process, (patented by ICL) in its latest most advanced form, which includes 10 recently patented refining technologies (TRL4), to be used for the manufacture of lightweight, high strength body and chassis structures and components for low-cost vehicles, by establishing a prototype, full scale pilot production line (TRL6), supported by a supply chain ranging from raw material to end of life. This will be the first low-cost technology in the world enabling manufacture of high-strength lightweight complex-shaped aluminium parts and low environmental impact. The 1st generation of HFQ technology has already been commercially used in manufacturing 4 types of niche vehicles. This project aims at bringing the materials and manufacturing cost significantly down, through introducing newly patented technological measures, by which the technology could be used for producing low-cost vehicles. The low-cost HFQ® technology will be used first for mass production of aluminium car body and chassis structures (eventually for all vehicles), which will lead to substantial improvement in energy efficiency, performance and travel range of low-end vehicles. LoCoMaTech will construct a world first low-cost HFQ® aluminium production line (prototype), targeting reduction of energy consumption per vehicle by 15.3-22%, and cost-effective weight savings from 8.55 to 2.16 €/kg-saved and improvement of LCA environmental impact by 15.39-26.8%. LoCoMaTech plans to assist in creating 53 commercial production lines and 1700 jobs, in year 6 from the completion of the project. The potential market for low-cost HFQ® technology for passenger cars alone is over €160 billion pa, and double this, if buses, trucks, trains and aircraft are considered. This will create huge wealth for Europe and place European automotive industry in a world leading position for lightweight manufacturing technologies for low-end vehicle production.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-GV-2016
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Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
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South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 305 092,50

Participants (18)

ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 332 221,25
Address
Carretera De Pamplona 1
31191 Cordovilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
DIAD GROUP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 373 625
Address
Via Nicola Fabrizi 136
10145 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PAB COVENTRY Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 656,25
Address
Charter Avenue Industrial Estate
CV4 8AU Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HALL ROGER
France
EU contribution
€ 133 056,25
Address
Boulevard Marbeau 30
75116 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SC PLASMATERM SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 301 021,25
Address
Strada Budiului 66A
540390 Targu Mures
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTAND RESEARCH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 132 331,25
Address
Feidippidou 22
11527 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (SHEFFIELD)LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 331 943,75
Address
Club Mill Road
S6 2FH Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPRESSION TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 659 266,25
Address
Unit E Lyons Park 46 Sayer Drive
CV5 9PF Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TBZ - PARIV TECHNOLOGIEBERATUNGSZENTRUM PARALLELE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 300
Address
Bernsdorfer Strasse 210-212
09126 Chemnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 337 893,75
Address
3 Bis Rue Saarinen
94528 Rungis
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AUTOMATION, PRESS AND TOOLING, A.P.& T. AB*AP&T
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 635 643,75
Address
Industrigatan 5
514 32 Tranemo
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
C-TEC CONSTELLIUM TECHNOLOGY CENTER
France
EU contribution
€ 374 743,75
Address
725 Rue Aristide Berges Parc Economique Centr'alp
38341 Voreppe Cedex
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VOESTALPINE POLYNORM GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 968,75
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Polynormstrasse 1
73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 353 106,25
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 582 146,25
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 673 140
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MISKOLCI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 327 743,75
Address
Egyetemvaros
3515 Miskolc
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 363 825
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments