XI’AN CHINA – General Motors and its Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture received the 2013 International Magnesium Association (IMA) Awards of Excellence yesterday in Xi’an.
GM and PATAC were jointly honored for the development of a magnesium-intensive decklid, which covers the trunk of a vehicle. The technology was developed by GM and implemented at SGM plant as a result of joint effort from GM and PATAC. It is the industry’s first commercial application of deeply formed magnesium sheet in an automotive body closure panel. The decklid offers a mass reduction of 1.2 kilograms compared to a similar part made of steel or aluminum.
“The IMA honor highlights the significant progress that GM has made in the research and development of lightweight parts,” said John Du, Director of the GM China Science Lab. “Using magnesium can significantly decrease the weight of our vehicles, resulting in better fuel economy.”
“We are proud to be on the cutting edge in adopting lightweight materials that have passed the most stringent strength and corrosion tests,” said GM R&D Metals Researcher Jon Carter, who accepted the award on behalf of GM. “China is playing a leading role for General Motors in this key area of our business.”
Research on magnesium is being carried out at the GM China Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai and GM Global R&D in Warren. GM expects the application of magnesium sheet to grow as costs drop with the adoption of new materials and process improvements. GM’s goal is to expand the use of low-mass parts on vehicles around the world. It will also pursue licensing opportunities for its technology with raw materials and spare parts suppliers.
Established in 1962, IMA's Awards of Excellence program is an annual program open to all companies demonstrating outstanding examples of magnesium’s use. Nominations are judged by a panel system of peer reviewers. This year’s awards were presented during the IMA 70th Annual World Magnesium Conference in Xi’an.
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