Lightweight Construction in Germany

Automation is the shining star…

Industrial automation is critical for minimizing costs in lightweighting. Engineering and tooling are Germany’s flagship industries.

Industrial automation
Industrial automation | © Fraunhofer Institute for Production and Automation (IPA), Stuttgart
  • Sensors, actuators and Big Data processing facilitate lighter construction and allow unique functions based on new solutions in design and production.
  • “Plattform Industrie 4.0” is a nation-wide infrastructure that supports also the lightweight industries. The platform sets standards & norms, creates a legal framework that ensures safety issues and solves skill mismatches.

Aerospace sets the pace…

Aerospace has been traditionally the catalyst for lightweight design. The R&D-driven German aerospace industry is continuously raising demand.

Development of sales and employment in German Aerospace
Development of sales and employment in German Aerospace | © XXX

Automotive is the future promise …

Electric mobility desperately needs lightweight design to raise a car’s performance. With a total of 40 EV worldwide, 29 are from German OEM´s

Electric mobility desperately needs lightweight design to raise a car’s performance.
Electric mobility desperately needs lightweight design to raise a car’s performance. | © NPE; Germany Trade and Invest Research (2016); ILK Dresden (FOREL Study)

New technologies will be core enablers…

The complexity of lightweight design needs new production technologies. Germany hosts more world market leaders in 3-D printing than any other.

  • Industrial 3-D printing will enhance lightweight design to new levels.
  • It will increase rapid response to markets, overcome design restrictions and increase construction complexity. Supply chains will be compressed producing a just-in-time quantity of parts by keeping the flexibility to change product design.
Map: New technologies will be core enablers
Map: New technologies will be core enablers | © GTAI Research 2016
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