LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen is a subsidiary of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and forms as “Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen” one of four business focus is centred around new aluminium and magnesium alloys and their application with steel parts and composites on vehicles. When developing lightweight components, one of the main challenges lies in the ability to reduce weight while also ensuring passenger safety during a crash.
The use of lightweight materials is one of the fastest growing trends in the automotive industry, which is reflected in the increased use of this technology in vehicle design. The application of light metals instead of steel means a huge reduction in weight, which in Turn has a positive effect on the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of vehicles.
Striving to rise to these challenges, the Light Metal Technologies team of around 30 specialists has both cutting-edge simulation tools as well as a unique research infrastructure at its disposal. This allows new metal alloys and bespoke processes for metal forming and the casting of light weight components to be developed and prototyped.