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Multi-Functional materials and related production technologies integrated into the Automotive Industry of the future

Objective

The pressure caused from the Asiatic and American competitors, in terms of volume manufacturing, forces the European automotive industry to continuously promote the development of cost efficient-innovative vehicles, with high-added customer value, increase d personalization capabilities and environmental sustainability.

Main objective of the FUTURA IP is to develop vehicle production setups of the future, by integrating cost validated, up to proof-of-concept level, production technologies of MFMs, reducing a t the same time manufacturing costs up to 25% and ensuring key production attributes: TTM efficiency, flexibility, robustness and environmental sustainability.

A straight forward, objective-driven research approach, will be utilised, based on the scheme:
- Specifications
- Technology Development
- Technology Integration
- Technology Validation
- Technology Exploitation.

The FUTURA Factory will result as the outcome of integrating MFMs and related processing/production techniques in production setups for manufacturing body modules and a flexible vehicle chassis structure consisting of 4 major segments. FUTURA IP will address the state of the art forming and joining processing concepts and requirements of MFMs, including sandwich materials, nano-materials, HSSs, etc.

Furthermore, novel vehicle concepts that facilitate MFMs implementation will be addressed, including modular, scalable, hybrid body and chassis structures. The efficient operation of the production setups and their interrelation will be based on production simulation and control. Vehicle variety, safety and environmental friendliness are the major customer/society oriented perspectives to be addressed as well.

The consortium embraces major stakeholders of the European automotive industry, i.e. a group of OEMs, a group of material manufacturers and parts/equipment suppliers and a group of RTD partners, all well known for their expertise and infrastructure. DaimlerChrysler AG will act as the IP's Co-ordinator.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-NMP-NI-4
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

DAIMLER AG
Address
Epplestrasse 225
Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (17)

PORSCHE ENGINEERING GROUP GMBH
Germany
Address
Porschestrasse
Weissach
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Italy
Address
Strada Torino, 50
Orbassano (To)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
Gothenburg
RENAULT S.A.S
France
Address
Quai Alphonse Le Gallo, 13/15
Boulogne Billancourt
SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
Switzerland
Address
Zugerstr. 50
Baar
COMAU S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Rivalta 30
Grugliasco (To)
ACTICM S.A
France
Address
122 Rue De La Roche De Lorzier
Moirans
NOVELIS SWITZERLAND SA
Switzerland
Address
Rte. Des Laminoires 15
Sierre
BERTRANDT INGENIEURBUERO GMBH, KOELN
Germany
Address
Oskar-schindler-str. 10
Koeln
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
Patras University Campus
Rion, Patras
HOEGSKOLAN I SKOEVDE (UNIVERSITY OF SKOVDE)
Sweden
Address
Hogskolevagen 1
408 Skovde
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS (BRANDENBURG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY COTTBUS)
Germany
Address
Konrad-wachsmann-allee 1
10 13 44 Cottbus
POLITECHNIKA SLASKA
Poland
Address
Akademicka 2A
Gliwice
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS - ARMINES
France
Address
60 Boulevard Saint-michel
Paris
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Muenchen
SCHWEISSTECHNISCHE LEHR- UND VERSUCHSANSTALT SLV DUISBURG/ZWEIGNIEDERLASSUNG DER GSI- GESELLSCHAFT FUER SCHWEISSTECHNIK INTERNATIONAL MBH
Germany
Address
Bismarckstrasse 85
Duisburg
CREAFORM FRANCE
France
Address
11/13 Rue Des Tilleuls
Voisins Le Bretonneux