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Strategic cooperation

Strategic cooperation between LTU and University of Kassel, Germany

Researchers from the Luleå University of Technology and University of Kassel merge to form an international research center to meet the increasing demand from the automotive industry for lightweight, environmentally friendly and high-strength steel components.

Increasing the percentage of high-performance steel

High-performance steel used today in the growing extent of the automotive industry. There is consumer demand, which contributes to the growing demand for light and strong components that enable the production of safe cars that are environmentally friendly.

Leading companies and research

In the current situation is the leading company that Gestamp Tech with manufacturing facilities in Luleå and the United States and Germany as well as automotive companies such as Volkswagen AG in Kassel, Germany, which require research expertise in the field of high performance steel. The development of components of press hardened steel started at Luleå University 30 years ago and the university and the companies that Gestamp Tech has since had a world-leading position in the field.

At the University of Kassel, the other main party in the field of high performance steel, new technologies being developed today for hot forming and hardening. The cooperation between the two universities means that the world's leading researchers in the field of high performance steel concentrate their combined expertise to drive forward the development of future steel products.

Strategic cooperation

The strategic alliance working title: Swedish-Germantown Centre of Excellence for Hot Sheet Metal Forming of High-Performance Steel (CHS ²).

Cooperation will lead to creating a platform for new European research project.
Within cooperation international conferences and seminars on the topic High-performance steel are organized.

1st International Conference on Hot Sheet Forming of High-Performance Steel, CHS ². 2008, took place October 22 to 24, 2008 in Kassel, Germany.

2nd International Conference on Hot Sheet Forming of High-Performance Steel, CHS ². 2009, took place June 15 to 17, 2009, in Luleå Sweden.

3rd International Conference on Hot Sheet Metal Forming of High-Performance Steel CHS ², took place in Kassel, Germany, in June, 2011

4th International Conference on Hot Sheet Forming of High-Performance Steel, CHS ². 2013,  June 9 to 12, 2013, in Luleå Sweden.

5th International Conference on Hot sheet metal forming of high-performance steel, CHS2-2015, May 31st- June 3rd, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

Information: Mats Oldenburg
Professor, Luleå University of Technology
Tel: 0920-49 17:52, 070-311 75 56