New funding for Hot Form technology

22 February 2013 #SMMT News

Impression Technologies Ltd has received a £500,000 investment to help bring to market a revolutionary new technology for forming aluminium, developed by Imperial College London.

The funding, awarded by Imperial Innovations Group plc, will be used to support the development of Hot Form Quench (HFQ), a pioneering technology that allows stronger structural aluminium panels to be formed for use in the automotive and transport sectors.

Developed by Professor Lin of Imperial College London and Professor Dean of the University of Birmingham, HFQ technology provides a cost-competitive means of producing lightweight, complex aluminium components, opening the door to a new generation of solutions for the automotive, aerospace and rail industries.

George Adam, Chief Executive Officer of Impression Technologies said, “HFQ enables the production of lighter, stronger and more sophisticated structures in aluminium than has been possible to date cost-effectively. It creates new opportunities for car manufacturers and others to improve the performance of their vehicles while reducing their carbon footprint.”

To find out how SMMT recognises automotive innovation and R&D in the UK, visit the Award for Automotive Innovation website hub.


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