Magnesium is lighter than aluminium by one-third while equally as stable. This metal can therefore help us build lighter vehicles and aircraft and in doing so, reduce fuel consumption: fuel consumption is reduced by approximately one litre per 100 kilometres when the weight of an automobile is reduced by 300 kilograms.
Magnesium is already used in steering wheels, instruments and seats today. But how can even more efficient components and sheet metal be manufactured using magnesium? What can be done to prevent possible corrosion? Future magnesium technologies are intensively studied in Geesthacht. New recyclable alloys are developed as are optimised manufacturing and processing methods.
Magnesium sheet metals can be produced with the institutes own casting-rolling unit (RollMag) and can subsequently undergo scientific study. We are thus moving closer to the economic application of magnesium sheet metals.