With governments around the world moving to implement more stringent CO2 emissions and fuel economy regulations, OEMs and their suppliers are driving an accelerating shift towards lighter materials and energy-efficient mobility. One of the industry’s important levers for meeting these mandates is to increase aluminum content per vehicle.
Choosing aluminum over heavier, traditional materials yields average weight savings of 40% on a per-component basis. Over the years, Nemak has ridden the aluminum lightweighting trend to become a leading player in its powertrain segment composed of cylinder heads, engine blocks, and transmission cases. In addition, the company scaled up successfully a structural components division as OEMs pursue further weight reduction in the structure of vehicles.
Nemak maintains a focus on advanced components requiring sophisticated design, casting, and mass production processes. The company’s best-in-class technological capabilities underpin its engagement in products ranging from cylinder heads and engine blocks for high-performance applications to large structural components such as longitudinal members and shock towers. Moreover, Nemak deploys a variety of high value-added services—including design simulation, 3-D prototyping, and secondary processes—to ensure benchmark quality at competitive cost and the lowest possible weight across.
While government regulations have been the main catalyst of lightweighting up until now, vehicle electrification is making an increasingly significant contribution over the medium- and longterm. Automakers are turning to aluminum as a material of choice in electric vehicle platforms, driven by the need to reduce weight to maximize battery range and durability. Nemak is well-positioned to reinforce its position as a strategic partner to OEMs in the development of sustainable mobility solutions for e-motor applications and battery housings with its electric vehicle components business.
Nemak presents its complete portfolio together with some new innovations especially for vehicle structure and e-mobility at the Euroguss in hall 7A, booth 222/322.