Lightweight aluminum Technology
Industries are continuously looking for solutions to lower mass without compromising efficiency for components. Our powder metallurgy (PM) lightweight aluminum technology allows customers to reduce mass and inertia, while improving wear resistance and thermal efficiency. For us, reduction shouldn’t come at a cost. That means our technology optimises strength at the lightest weight.
We are the one-stop solution in lightweight technology. We support automotive and industrial manufacturers to produce re-invented technology for optimized use.
Why do our partners choose PM lightweight aluminum technology?
- Our products produce weight savings of up to 60 percent in comparison to steel without compromising strength
- PM lightweight aluminum offers efficiency over steel for rotating and reciprocating mass
- Aluminum high thermal conductivity materials offer valuable cooling options
- Mandatory CO₂ emissions targets will require light-weighting solutions
Reinventing lightweight components
We believe solutions shouldn’t result in a compromise. That’s why our PM lightweight aluminum technology uses advanced materials to reduce the mass and weight of products without risking the strength and wearability. We don’t force compromises, we deliver solutions.
We were the first PM lightweight aluminum manufacturer to create a cost effective Aluminum MMC material for the automotive market. As mass reductions and CO₂ emissions continue to challenge the market, lightweight aluminum will be a necessity – not an option. We are the solution.
We reinvent technology through advanced materials and designs that continue to provide lightweight, functional products for our customers to improve fuel economy and meet durability requirements.
We don’t just provide solutions for today. We create solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The market demands efficiently packaged products, and we will continue to reinvent PM lightweight aluminum technology to meet greater-demanded requirements.
GKN's planetary carrier assembly improves FORD's F-150's transmission performance
GKN is a leader in powder metal carrier technology, and the planetary carrier assembly showcases the advanced design capabilities for increased performance. The assembly is featured in Ford Motor Company’s 10-speed transmission for the F-150.
With its unique twist-lock feature on the flanged hub component, the assembly’s design reduces stress in several locations. This helped enable an improvement in the transmission’s fuel consumption.