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Shaping a global aluminium lightweighting network

4 July 2019

Leading international tier-one aluminium product suppliers gathered in London last month to discover more about the global network, which is set to deliver a unique technological innovation in lightweighting to automotive aerospace, rail and other sectors.

The event, at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, was attended by more than 50 delegates. Guests discovered more about the hot form quench (HFQ®) process and the formation of the HFQ partner network to harness this ground-breaking technology.

Jonathan Watkins, chief executive officer of Impression Technologies Ltd, which has pioneered HFQ technology, gave an overview of the technology and its multiple applications. Delegates also heard presentations from Eisenmann and Novelis, who have already signed up as founder members of the HFQ Partner Network.

Watkins explained: “HFQ is a novel process which enables the rapid production of complex aluminium components. It delivers optimised strength and performance alongside reduced weight in a host of high-specification applications.

He continued: “The establishment of the HFQ Partner Network will deliver a complete global supply chain in aluminium lightweighting. OEMs will be able to access unrivalled quality and consistency in products manufactured through the HFQ process, wherever in the world they are located.”

Many of those who attended expressed strong interest in joining the HFQ Partner Network. This will enable them to access new markets and develop greater commercial opportunities without major capital investment - as the HFQ can, in many instances, be undertaken using existing aluminium-forming equipment.

Watkins concluded: “There was a lot of insightful and constructive input from the delegates, which will prove extremely helpful as the network continues to take shape. Meanwhile, any other companies interested in this unique opportunity should contact us to find out more!”

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