The Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) will be launched at Advanced Engineering UK 2015 and it will announce three UK-based automotive OEMs that will be working with the project to achieve vehicle weight reduction.
Chris Berg, Strategic Programme Manager, Sigmatex, will announce the OEMs during a presentation at 1.30pm on Wednesday 4 November 2015 in Open Conference 2. Hosted by CiM (Composites in Manufacturing Magazine), this will take place in a purpose-built ‘show-floor’ auditorium in the centre of Composites Engineering Zone.
According to the LX consortium, it is seeking to enhance capability within the UK automotive supply chain to manufacture composite components in medium to high volumes, at affordable costs, by connecting the key functions of material supply, design and manufacturing.
The LX Programme is a strategic cooperation led by Sigmatex and supported by Axillium Research, in partnership with Caparo Advanced Composites, Cranfield University, Engenuity, Expert Tooling & Automation, Granta Design, Group Rhodes, LMAT, Surface Generation and Tilsatec. The Lightweighting Excellence Programme is due to have funds of £3.8M from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) programme via Finance Birmingham.
The LX Programme says that it consolidates all elements of the supply chain to produce demonstrator components to showcase UK capability. By the conclusion of the LX Programme in 2017, the consortium will have established the design capability and processes required to produce structural, semi-structural and Class A surface finished components in significant volumes.
Visit Sigmatex on Stand C142 at Advanced Engineering UK.
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation