Materials & Coatings



Volkswagen Joins LIFT

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a Detroit, MI-based public-private partnership for developing and deploying advanced lightweight-metal manufacturing technologies, announced that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) has joined the institute to advance the group’s research into lightweight metals for reducing the weight of future vehicles.

Other LIFT members include Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. “Lightweighting is critical for the future of our vehicles, not only to improve on fuel economy, but also to help improve vehicle performance,” says Dr. Hagen Seifert, head of materials, Audi AG.

Among the areas the group is pursuing: research on how internal components can be made lighter while improving performance and power, and reducing manufacturing costs.


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