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Hirschvogel Wins Steel Innovation Prize for Second Time

The Steel Innovation Prize is awarded in various categories every three years. This year, the prize was awarded to Daimler, Kolbenschmidt and Hirschvogel in equal measure.




Hirschvogel Automotive Group publishes Sustainability Report

The Hirschvogel Automotive Group has generated a sustainability report, which is available to its customers and interested members of the public.

The sustainability report spans approximately 100 pages in an easy-to-navigate, concise and coherent presentaion format, providing an abundance of relevant information on the topic of sustainability at Hirschvogel. In this way, the Hirschvogel Automotive Group is rendering its innovative topic area.


Extruded Hollow Shafts for Efficient Drive Solutions in E-Mobility

ESKAM Research Project: Electrical Scalable Axle Module

An increasing trend toward electrically vehicles can now be discerned clearly worldwide. However, vehicles powered by electricity alone are still contending with the problems of high procurement costs and low range, and are therefore penetrating the market only very slowly.

In the research project ESKAM founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a consortium comprising 11 partners, including Hirschvogel, has come together to improve this situation. The ambitious goal has been set to develop a highly integrated, electrically driven axle module.


Hirschvogel Receives Award for its Successful Idea Management

The Hirschvogel Automotive Group has been awarded for its successful idea management by both the German Institute of Business Management (3rd place among automotive suppliers with fewer than 5,000 employees) as well as by the German Institute of Idea and Innovation Management (2nd place across all industries).


Patent Granted: Chamfers on Forged Part Saves on the Machining Costs of Components with Gear Teeth

Forged parts have always been used as machining blanks for transmission components with gear teeth. Gear wheels and shafts in manual or double-clutch transmissions, ring gears and pinions in axle drives as well as other parts with gear teeth in the powertrain all begin as forged parts. Due to the fine-grain and pore-free microstructure with adapted fiber flow, the superior material properties of forged steels are without alternative when it comes to applications where high stresses prevail.


Component Solutions for Electromobility

The emission standards passed worldwide over the past few years stipulate a considerable reduction of harmful emissions in road traffic. This lends momentum particularly to vehicles with electric powertrains. Hirschvogel has been addressing the topic of electromobility intensively for many years now and already produces a number of serial parts for such applications.


First Serial Orders for newly developed Steel 16MnCr5 mod (H2)

Cost and resource efficiency are among the main drivers of further developements in the area of forged materials and components for the automotive industry. The steel grade H2, developed on the basis of 16MnCr5, addresses these megatrends in an optimum way.

The developement efforts of the steel manufacturer GMH and the Hirschvogel Automotive Group are now being rewarded with the first customer serial orders. In the near future, this steel will be used by two different customers in two different applications.


Higher Pressures in Gasoline Direct Injection with Forged Parts

The reduction in the consumption of gasoline engines achieved by improving engine efficiency and the requirement for lower emissions result in increased injection pressures in gasoline injection. This subjects the components to higher loads. Furthermore, the regulations relating to the maximum emission of hydrocarbons from vehicle fuel systems are becoming increasingly stringent.

Components made of forged materials will fulfill these demands to a great extent.


New Steels Reduce Costs

The costs of forged components are determined to a large degree by the material used. Correspondingly, material cost savings haven an enormous effect on the overall costs of the forged part. Ideally, optimizing materials also leads to additional savings potential when it comes to costs. This potential has now been leveraged in three different applications (structural parts, case-hardened parts, induction-hardened parts).


Developed Once, Produced Worldwide

An interview with Dr. Alfons Hätscher, Frank Anisits and Dr. Thomas Brücher, Hirschvogel Holding

Published first in: AUTOMOBIL INDUSTRIE 04/2013