An EU-funded cross-border automotive project, entitled Light Vehicle 2025, has been officially started by its six partners Flanders Make, Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur, University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps.

The project will run from 2018 until 2021 and covers the Euregio Meuse-Rhine region.

‘The presence of a large number of representatives along the whole chain in the Euregio makes this geographical area one of the most attractive for any kind of automotive business,’ the project partners said.

One key objective of the project is reportedly to connect the competences of the industrial companies, institutions and universities in the region and design and manufacture of several selected lightweight component prototypes. The aim is to build an virtual technology center for automotive engineering and manufacturing for the future.

Light Vehicle 2025 will also focus on innovation and new technologies, provide gap analysis on technologies, cost and training, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate knowledge transfer and provide an up-to-date worker and engineer training framework, the project partners added.

‘With lightweight materials, design and manufacturing, we create the future in automotive: safer, lighter, more fun to drive, environmentally friendly through material savings and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,’ said Dr.Michael Effing, founder and CEO of AMAC GmbH. ‘The project will show that lightweight designs and materials can also be cost-efficient in high-volume production cycles thanks to new progresses in integrative manufacturing technologies using multi-material systems.’

This story uses material from AMAC, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.