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Rheinmetall wins order for structural parts of e-vehicles

The technology group Rheinmetall has won an automobile industry order for structural parts worth a figure in the low three-digit million euro range. 

KS Huayu AluTech fulfils the new automotive order for Rheinmetall. In the photo: die casting plant for battery carriers

Cast in a highly complex process, the parts will be used in a fully electric vehicle made by a well-known premium automaker. This new order constitutes another step forward on Rheinmetall’s path to new forms of sustainable, environmentally friendly future mobility.

Use in all-electric platform

Starting in 2026 and for a period of ten years, lateral girders will serve as lightweight structural parts for the customer’s fully electric high-performance models. The scope of supply encompasses hundreds of thousands of these fully processed parts. Based on a highly complex casting solution and designed to attenuate crash energy, the parts will support the chassis. Striking the right balance between wall thickness and weight is especially important here in order on the one hand to ensure stability and on the other to save energy by keeping the weight as low as possible. The group won the order in the face of competition from rival companies in the pressure casting domain. 

Follow-up orders expected

In winning the contract, Rheinmetall strengthens its position as a long-term supplier of the carmaker. Back in 2020, the group already won a nine-year order from the same customer for C-pillars worth a figure in the high single-digit million-euro range. Successful cooperation in this project has now resulted in the award of a major new contract. Rheinmetall expects to see additional follow-up orders in future.

KS Huayu AluTech GmbH will carry out the project in Neckarsulm, Germany. The company is a joint venture co-owned by Rheinmetall and Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (Hasco), a subsidiary of China’s SAIC Group. Rheinmetall has long established itself as a competent partner for both established car manufacturers and newcomers in the field of lightweight construction, for example in structural components for the chassis.

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