Sapa R&D Lab Targets Extruded Aluminum Solutions

Sapa Technology Americas is the first facility of its kind in North America dedicated to the research and development of extruded aluminum solutions for the automotive industry. The new lab facility opened its doors this Spring in the Detroit suburb of Troy.

Sapa-80f7de8dSapa Technology is Sapa’s corporate research and development hub. Established in 1963 and with its base in Sweden, the R&D unit has expertise in material, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering. Sapa Technology Americas, located near the “motor city” of Detroit, represents an extension with an automotive focus.

“In total, we have around 1,000 engineers working in research and with application development throughout the world. This is a new step forward in our work to provide customers with the solutions that improve their products,” says President & CEO Egil Hogna.

Executive vice president Tolga Egrilmezer, who is responsible for Strategy & Business Development for Sapa, says the company “is committed to developing innovative and sustainable aluminum solutions, and the Troy facility brings us even closer to the automotive industry, which is focused on building lighter and safer cars. We want to stimulate the use of aluminum in automotive applications and build on our role as the preferred development partner in automotive extrusion-based solutions.”

Sapa’s automotive customers include OEMs like Ford, General Motors, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Tesla, as well as Tier 1 suppliers such as MAHLE, Benteler, Panasonic and TI Automotive.

In other Sapa news, Tolga Egrilmezer, executive vice president responsible for strategy and business development, has decided to leave the company. He will stay on until October 31, at the latest, to ensure a good transfer of knowledge to the organization. “Leaving Sapa was a difficult decision to make. I have been a part of a unique journey for more than 14 years. After a successful integration (with Hydro Extruded Products), Sapa is entering a new phase in its development and I felt that this was a natural time for me to make a change, allowing me to spend more time with my family back in the UK,” says Egrilmezer.

“I regret seeing Tolga leave,” says President & CEO Egil Hogna. “He has contributed strongly to realizing our NOK 1 billion synergy target ahead of plan and in establishing innovation as a key competitive advantage for Sapa.” Egrilmezer joined Sapa in 2002 and held various commercial and line management positions before becoming a member of the executive management team in 2012 as responsible for business development. This also included strategy, research and development, operational excellence, sourcing and global key accounts. Sapa has initiated a process to find Egrilmezer’s successor, who will be responsible for creating a group strategy team in addition to ensuring that innovation is a key driver across Sapa’s business areas going forward.

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