Resource efficiency during vehicle manufacture
Resource efficiency in action: enhanced products for sustainable vehicle production
There are many ways in which manufacturing and press shop performance can be enhanced through substrate or coating, including improvements in yield performance, right first time, reduced tool pollution or tool wear, and reduced resource usage.
Opportunities to enhance material utilisation (yield performance) include improved nesting of parts from very wide coil material, and directly reducing yield losses by reducing trimming process losses, but there are many more examples.
Our Serica FLO® enhanced surface finish products save resources because thinner or fewer paint layers are required to achieve an equivalent surface finish. Serica FLO® is also available extra wide (> 2000mm), offering resource efficiency benefits through improved nesting.
Forming with MagiZinc® means significantly less tool pollution, resulting in fewer stoppages for tool cleaning and an improved right-first- time rate. MagiZinc® coatings also enable resource efficiency through their 50% reduction in zinc content while still achieving the same corrosion resistance.
PLT is a booster lubricant that improves press energy consumption and right-first-time rate, hence offering resource efficiency benefits. The minimal additional resource consumption through using a PLT coating is by far offset by the resource efficiency benefits it offers through an improved right-first-time rate.
Part consolidation can eliminate welding and joining operations, reducing energy usage and the use of consumables. Hyperform® advanced high strength steels and XPF® for chassis and suspension are high-strength steels with enhanced formability that offer the design flexibility for part consolidation. Additionally, the exceptional uniformity of these products' mechanical properties ensures robust processing and an improved right-first-time rate.
While light-weighting is primarily aimed at use-phase benefits, it also offers a direct resource efficiency benefit in that less material is used, with a proportional reduction in embodied carbon.