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Porsche and Schuler set to collaborate on pressing lightweight compone

The new press shop is to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, from automation to machine learning. The site of the press shop has not yet been determined.

18 Sep. 2018
Porsche and Schuler set to collaborate on pressing lightweight components (Photo: Porsche AG)

Sports car manufacturer Porsche and world-leading manufacturer of press systems Schuler have established a joint venture for the production of car body parts . The purpose of the joint venture, which is to be run as an independent company legally constituted as a limited-liability partnership in the GmbH & Co. KG format, is to build a smart press shop to turn out complex body parts using state-of-the-art technology. The focus will lie on lightweight aluminum outer skin panels, produced in small batch sizes. Planned for the shop are a networked production process, intelligent production control, machine learning methods, and predictive maintenance.

Porsche and Schuler each plan to invest a ten-million sum in the project, which should create more than 100 new highly skilled jobs. The European Commission has already approved the plans; approval from other competition authorities is currently pending. No decision has yet been made regarding the site of the new press shop. According to a joint statement by Schuler and Porsche, the aim is for the choice of location to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by minimizing the distance car body parts must travel.