Autoneum is expanding its development and production site for tooling in the Czech city of Hnátnice owing to high demand and capacity utilisation.
The high-precision tools and molds manufactured in the workshop are the basis for the production of lightweight components for noise and heat protection in vehicles.
New forms of mobility such as electromobility, higher standards for driving comfort and safety as well as increasingly tightening regulations require car manufacturers and suppliers alike to invest in innovative products and correspondingly in modern development and production processes. Tooling plays an essential role in this context.
Tools for the manufacture of vehicle components are crucial for a standardised high component quality in series production, a requirement that can only be accomplished with well-founded tooling expertise. As one of the first automobile suppliers, Autoneum has recognised this challenge and established a development and production centre for tooling in Hnátnice, Czech Republic.
Today, more than 250 employees manufacture highly complex tool sets tailored to meet customer requirements. From Hnátnice, they are being delivered to all European plants of Autoneum and additional production facilities in the USA, Mexico and South Africa.
In order to meet the high demand for specialised tools and molds in the future, Autoneum is expanding its production capacities of the workshop. As of summer 2019, injection molding, bending and foaming tools will be produced on 6000 square metres based on state-of-the-art production processes.
These tools are customised for the manufacture of carpet systems, inner dashes and heatshields among others. To model and optimise such tools in a cost-efficient way already in pre-development, Industry 4.0 applications are implemented in cooperation with Autoneum’s Swiss research centre in Winterthur.
For example, 3D printing techniques are used to facilitate the digitalisation of tools and molds and the construction of prototypes. The insights gained in this process will also contribute to the development of future tool innovations.