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The Lightweight Forging Initiative - Phase II: Light Commercial Vehicle Demonstrates 99 kg of Lightweight Design Potential

In 2014, the first phase of The Lightweight Forging Initiative highlighted a lightweight design potential of 42 kg for a medium-sized car. Due to the positive reactions of the customers in the automotive industry and based on the good cooperation among the companies of The Lightweight Forging Initiative, it was decided to continue activities. During the second phase, a light commercial vehicle in the form of a van was analyzed.




Complex Forged Components Worldwide from a Single Source

From 1990, in-house forgings werde soft machined at the plant in Denklingen. The technology of pre- and finish-machining was consistently built up and expanded from 1999 with the founding of Hirschvogel Komponenten GmbH. In the meantime, Hirschvogel can look back to 25 years of machining and 15 years of the Schongau plant. This company development contains a strong logic, aspects of which can be demonstrated by taking a look at several components, for example the eccentric shaft for variable control, the monoblock piston with coolilng duct and stainless steel common rail for high-pressure gasoline injection.




Successful Market Entry in New Application Area

Recently, Liebherr and Hirschvogel brought a common project into serial production. The project involved developing and producing a claw for clamping injectors and inlet connectors in diesel engines. Parallel to structural-mechanical analyses, further investigations (e.g. relating to mountability) were carried out. When awarding the contract, forging was ultimately able to assert itself against competing processes due to its outstanding fatigue strength and corrosion properties.




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.