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Joint venture Smart Press Shop

May 2019

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Porsche and Schuler AG have chosen Halle an der Saale, Germany, as the location for their new joint press shop. The 13-hectare site is located in the direct vicinity of Porsche’s Leipzig plant. 

The sports car manufacturer and the forming specialist from Göppingen want to drive the flexible digitalisation of body part manufacturing in Halle. Their joint venture, Smart Press Shop GmbH & Co.KG, is investing over € 100 million in this project, which is expected to create 100 permanent jobs. Construction work is due to commence in the second half of 2019. Production at the new press shop is slated to begin in 2021. 

“In Schuler, we have found a highly competent and innovative partner which is setting standards in the digitalisation of forming technology,” explained Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG: “Our joint venture marks a further major step into the future of sports car manufacturing. At the same time, we will be reducing our production-related CO2 emissions thanks to significantly shorter logistics routes. This also brings us closer to our goal of the ‘Zero Impact Factory’, a production facility without any impact on the environment.”

Domenico Iacovelli, CEO of Schuler AG, added: “Our prime focus is the cooperation with Porsche – an important premium customer for us with very exacting standards. At the same time, however, we regard the joint construction and operation of the Smart Press Shop as a project which will enable us to raise production efficiency and the digitalisation of important process steps in car manufacturing to a new level for forming technology. Ultimately, other customers of Schuler will also benefit from this project.” 

Schuler offers customised technology in all areas of forming – from the networked press to press shop planning. In addition to presses, its product range includes automation and software solutions, dies, process expertise and services for the metalworking industry. Presses from the Schuler Group mint coins in over 180 countries. In its fiscal year 2018, Schuler posted sales of € 1.212 billion. The company is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group. See www.schulergroup.com

   
 Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics, Porsche AG  Domenico Iacovelli, CEO of Schuler AG

 

 

RECARO buys high-pressure fluid cell press

May 2019

News

RECARO Aircraft Seating, one of the world’s leading aircraft seating manufacturers, has invested in a Flexform™ fluid cell press from Quintus Technologies to support its growth in the aerospace market. Replacing an ageing rubber pad press, the Quintus® high-pressure press will occupy a central position at the RECARO Aircraft Seating headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany.

“This facility is the only one with in-house sheet metal parts fabrication within our global supply chain network,” stated Joachim Ley, RECARO Executive Vice President Supply Chain. “We are facing a positive, but challenging, growth in production, and are hence in need of a modern, reliable and cost-efficient production method.”

The new 800-bar (11,600-psi) Quintus fluid cell press, with a forming area of 700 x 1800mm (27.6 x 73 inches), introduces several production efficiencies. The Flexform process utilises a combination of a single rigid tool half, operating in conjunction with a flexible rubber diaphragm under uniform hydrostatic pressure, for parts forming. This design approach generates significant tool cost savings and shortens the time needed for tool production. It also eliminates several forming operations, intermediate heat treatments and operator dependencies.

The advanced forming technology aligns with RECARO’s aim to combine comfort and intelligent design with light weight to reduce aircraft fuel consumption across its entire seating portfolio, from economy to business class.

“Our press investment is the result of a careful technical and commercial evaluation of the best-in-class sheet metal production method,” said Mr. Ley. “At the end of the project, our choice of the Quintus press was actually quite straightforward. In addition to the equipment, the chosen supplier is also providing process expertise and training to our team, which was another important factor in our final decision.”

The press order is supplemented by a five-year Quintus® Care agreement, which will offer even more support in reducing RECARO’s operational risk. A rigorous preventative maintenance program that optimises press functionality at a fixed annual cost, Quintus Care allows the aircraft seat manufacturer to concentrate on its core business.

“For RECARO, the added value of the high-pressure fluid cell process is its capability for high-volume sheet metal part fabrication, where the variety of parts is high but the volume of each is relatively low, and part quality is of the essence. We see this growth trend in the aerospace industry all over the globe and are very pleased to be chosen as a partner to our customers in this very competitive arena,” observed Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies.

For further details, see www.quintustechnologies.com and www.recaro-as.com

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