Partnership

Magna Cosma International
Canadian automotive parts manufacturer

Challenge

  • Light weighting large automotive parts that can be adopted into large scale production processes

Solution

  • Developed a warm forming process with high formability magnesium sheet for deep drawing automobile and light truck closure panels
  • Mass savings of 3.5 kg per panel relative to current steel production!
  • Process utilizes pre-heated sheet, but room temperature dies, so is entirely compatible with current in-plant hot stamping practice
Super light weight magnesium inner door panel

Impact

  • Demonstrated potential to use low density magnesium alloys for light weighting large automotive parts
  • Lighter weight parts offer significantly improved fuel efficiency and technologically-driven competitive advantage