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The automotive industry is continuously changing. One of the most significant new focuses is reducing the weight of materials used in the construction of vehicles. Pressings are produced by stamping, and this method replaces some of the manufacturing methods from the past.

An age of light-weighting

“With today’s modern pressings, it is possible to get the same strength out of lightweight materials”

While vehicles used to have weighty components built to last for decades and designed to withstand even the toughest of impacts, many cars today are made with more robust and lighter materials prepared to behave differently in an accident. Rather than focusing on safety and fuel economy, the automotive industry was more concerned with cars that would last forever. With today’s modern pressings, however, it is possible to get the same strength out of lightweight materials.

Using pressings, as well as other lightweight materials, also ensures that there can be a reduction in CO2 emissions. As cars work at burning less fuel to power them down the road and engines become more efficient, we can reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Forged steel components, known as forgings, and some of the older manufacturing methods also had a detrimental effect on releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, so with pressings and stampings replacing forgings and castings, even greater CO2 emissions can be spared.

The best aspect of these new manufacturing methods is that they are cheaper overall for the end user and manufacturer. The end user gets a much more fuel-efficient car that’s quicker to produce and reasonably priced to buy. The vehicle producer can cut down their lead times, costs to build and far more.

“Pressings and stampings will likely continue to become more widespread in vehicles in the future”

Pressings and stampings are now the new standards for automotive production, and it is no wonder with all of these proven advantages. Pressings and stampings will likely continue to become more common in vehicles than forgings. This is especially true as new alloys and materials become a part of vehicle design.

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