September 15, 2008

MBtech Autodie Exhibits at the ICOSPA 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The global demand for lighter vehicles with better fuel economy has continuously increased in recent years. Particularly in the US, this year's drastic rise to record gas prices has made MPG become a more important part of what consumers look for in a new vehicle.

In order to reduce the vehicle weight while improving the crashworthiness, the use of high-strength steel (HSS), and advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) is gaining in importance. These materials are also becoming increasingly common in other industries. Building dies to stamp HSS and AHSS parts requires an in-depth understanding and a comprehensive expertise in the areas of die design & engineering and die construction.

Against this background, MBtech Autodie - part of the MBtech Group, a globally active engineering and consulting company - is attending the International Council of Sheet Metal Presswork Associations (ICOSPA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 14-17, 2008.

The ICOSPA is comprised of the national trade associations representing metalforming industries in Europe, Asia and North America, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. The International Congress is held every three years, hosted and organized on a rotating basis by one of the member associations. The primary focus of each ICOSPA Congress is to establish a greater understanding of business issues, best practices, technology development, innovation, safety, and management practices affecting the metalforming industry.

MBtech Autodie - one of the largest tool and die companies in North America - will be present at this event with its own exhibition stand. "We want to draw attention to our competencies and experience in developing and building dies for high-strength steel (HSS), advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and aluminum applications and also present ourselves to diverse industries as a possible partner for building dies for small, medium, and large HSS, AHSS and aluminum stampings," explained Robert Mlakar, Marketing Manager of MBtech Autodie.

MBtech Autodie offers die design & engineering, machining, die construction, tryout and launch support for tools built to handle high-strength and advanced high-strength steels, tailor welded blanks and aluminum alloys. The company's materials expertise includes HSLA 50 KSI, HSLA 80 KSI, DP 490, DP 590, DP 600, DP 780, DP 980, LIP 980, TRIP 700, TRIP 780, TWIP 1000, and TWIP 1200.

MBtech Autodie excels in determining best material fits for specific applications, assessing material formability (virtual & physical), accounting for geometrical limitations, coating and joining issues, and resolving complex challenges related to springback, splitting, and wrinkling - issues that are exacerbated when dealing with HSS and AHSS.

The state-of-the-art HSS and AHSS panels include rails, A, B and C pillars, reinforcements, cowlsides, cross members, box sides and body side inners that run in series production. The company's R&D efforts enabled it to build a die for a door ring inner out of TRIP 700 that combines A and B pillars, cowl side, sill, and a roof rail in one part. The accomplishments with dies for aluminum panels include hoods, deck lids, lift gates and sound deadeners.

Besides the on-site exhibit with selected AHSS and aluminum panels, plant tours at the 500,000 sq.ft. (50.000 m2) MBtech Autodie facility in Grand Rapids will be offered to the international attendees.

More information about the products and services of MBtech Group - MBtech Autodie is available on and by email at [email protected]

MBtech Autodie

CONTACT: Dr. Knut Konzelmann, President, MB-technology NA LLC,+1-248-312-0277, Fax: +1-248-312-0279, Robert Mlakar, Marketing Manager,MBtech Autodie LLC, +1-616-862-5253, Fax: +1-616-356-1432, Ulrike Bless,Public Relations, MBtech Group, +49 (0)7031-686-4586,Fax: +49 (0)7031-686-4208

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