JSAE Exposition 2016: Latest weight saving technologies

Toyota Boshoku, Daikyo Nishikawa, Aisin Chemical, Magna, and more



Lightweight foamed door trim and conventional door trim
Lightweight foamed door trim (right) and conventional door trim (left) displayed by Toyota Boshoku

  A wide variety of automotive parts that had weight-saving technologies implemented were exhibited at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2016.

  Toyota Boshoku Corporation exhibited a foamed door trim that is 30% lighter than conventional products. Daikyo Nishikawa Corporation displayed a plastic lift gate that is 5kg lighter than comparable products made of steel. Aisin Chemical Co., Ltd. unveiled a resin oil pan that is used widely in Europe, but has not received much adoption in Japan. Magna International showed off an aluminum oil pan used in General Motors' 8-speed automatic transmission.

  Sumitomo Electric Industries displayed a prototype seat frame made of magnesium alloys. Delta Kogyo presented a lightweight seat concept, and Aisin Takaoka showcased die-quenched (hot pressed) products.


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