HFQ technology has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption, and increase recycling in the automotive industry.
HFQ (Heat Treatment Forming and in-die Quench) improves the ductility of aluminium by heating aluminium sheet above its solution heat treatment temperature, forming it while still hot, and quenching it in the press.
This allows for a greater draw depth and sharper bend radius to be achieved, which improves the strength of the material.
This enables more complex parts to be manufactured in higher, stronger grades of aluminium when previously they could only be made in standard grades.
As a result, thinner material can be used to gain significant weight savings, and will enable HFQ parts to help automotive and transport companies achieve a reduction in carbon footprint in line with EU policy on CO2 emissions.