Thinnest Sandcast BIW Components

By on March 7, 2016 in IN THE NEWS, RESOURCES

With a wall thickness of just 2.5mm, sandcast components created by Coventry-based Sarginsons Industries could play a major role in automotive lightweighting.

The company has produced the prototype body in white (BIW) parts for one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious OEMs and believes it has created one of the world’s thinnest sandcast automotive components.

Body in white is the stage in automotive manufacturing in which a car body’s sheet metal components are welded together.  The majority of sand casting foundries work with BIW components with a thickness of between 4-6mm.

Sarginsons is using its new component to maximise light-weighting of vehicle car bodies – contributing to greater fuel efficiency as a result.

Anthony Evans, managing director at Sarginsons, said the ability to produce the 2.5mm component is an important advance for the automotive industry.

“There’s no doubt that lightweighting vehicles is the future,” he said.

“We’ve established a strong reputation for our expertise in the field of automotive lightweighting and we’re delighted that our extensive research, new technology and sheer commitment has meant we have been able to produce this 2.5mm component.

“The vast majority of foundries are usually asked to work off thicknesses between 4-6mm, possibly 3mm in rare cases, so for us to successfully get to 2.5mm is a fantastic achiev

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