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KIRCHHOFF Automotive is one of the big medium-sized automotive suppliers. The family-owned company in the fourth generation is a leading development partner to the automotive industry.
We are active all over the globe as a full-service supplier for complex metal and hybrid structures in body-in-white, crash management systems, chassis applications and cross car beams.
KIRCHHOFF Automotive is the largest business unit in the KIRCHHOFF Group, with 9,300 employees and about 30 production plants in 11 countries. The global production network with the core technologies technical development, light weight construction, global project
management, forming, joining and surface treatment ensures uniform manufacturing and production standards around the world.
The KIRCHHOFF Group, existing of the business units Automotive, Ecotec, Mobility and WITTE Werkzeuge employs about 13,000 people worldwide and has generated a turnover of more than 2,1 billion euros in 2018.
As a global player, KIRCHHOFF Automotive offers complex body components such as bumper systems, front-end frames, and cross members to his customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Our global production network includes the core technologies of forming, joining, lightweight design, and surface treatment, ensuring uniform standards around the world.
Our customers can take advantage of our expertise in automotive lightweight design. We develop structural parts in hybrid designs; combinations of steel and aluminum, or metal and plastic. With the advanced technology of partial press hardening, we are able to produce components that are optimised for weight and crash performance.
The cross car beam is co-designed by Audi and KIRCHHOFF Automotive for the new Audi Q5. Aluminum welded structure contributes to substantial mass reduction compared to steel. Combination of extrusions and stampings allows for efficient geometrical design. Tooling cost and space reduction is achieved with the use of aluminum extrusions. Powder coating provides aesthetics’ and edge protection.
Key features: Hybrid front-end for BMW X3, X4 made of steel and aluminum. Technologies: forming of steel, high strength steel and aluminum profiles; milling; spot-, MAG- and projection welding; CDP; assembly of blind rivet nuts. Optimized design in accordance with weight (hybrid solution). Realization of automated assembly system with handling robots at OEM. Tight tolerance concept to reduce chassis gaps. Reduced assembly cycle time at OEM. No extra adjustment of headlights at OEM required.
Key features: Cross member closed section is designed with aluminum sheet metal. 6xxx aluminum sheet metal used for the main cross member. 5xxx aluminum sheet metal used for the close plate. 6xxx aluminum extrusions for crash box. Benefits: More geometry design freedom in aluminum sheet metal fits strict design space. Welding study to optimize the parameters for long aluminum welding seams. Pre-deformation in stamping process to make compensation of welding deformation. Total mass: 4.45 kg.
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