Impression Technologies - RACEForm

Core Competitions

Giving scrap aluminium a second life
Project Highlights 
  • Validation of a high-volume lightweighting technology manufacturing process
  • The ‘Hot Form Quench’ process produces high-strength aluminium pressings, with reduced weight and simpler, stronger structures for vehicle bodies
  • Utilises recycled aluminium car parts
  • £9.5 million total project value, receiving £4.8 million funding through the APC

Project Consortium 

  • Impression Technologies Ltd (lead partner)
  • Innoval Technology Ltd
  • Autotech Engineering R&D UK Ltd
  • Brunel University London
  • Imperial College London

Hot Form Quench Process

The Hot Form Quench (HFQ) technology press forms hot aluminium blanks at high speed, which are quenched in the press tool, followed by artificial ageing to achieve full strength. HFQ technology enables extremely complex aluminium parts to be formed in a single press operation while delivering high levels of strength in the finished part using standard grades of aluminium.
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