Research into magnesium-based car parts

Research and development engineers at the Wagon Automotive technical centre at Waldaschaff in Germany claim to have overcome the main obstacles in the manufacture of high-volume, magnesium-based body structure components. Magnesium is lighter than aluminium, allowing parts to be about a third lighter than steel components, but problems in working with and welding the material […]

Research and development engineers at the Wagon Automotive technical centre at Waldaschaff in Germany claim to have overcome the main obstacles in the manufacture of high-volume, magnesium-based body structure components. Magnesium is lighter than aluminium, allowing parts to be about a third lighter than steel components, but problems in working with and welding the material have previously limited its use in body structures. However, following prototyping work, Wagon is set to roll out the technology to its other European plants.

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