CO2 reduction


In the coming years, the international automotive industry faces the task of further reducing CO2 emissions, both in the use of vehicles on the road and in their production. The weight of vehicles plays an essential role in this. New, natural and lighter materials, as well as more intensive use of existing materials, such as high-grade steel, aluminium and the smart processing of these, are the key ingredients for achieving the desired CO2 reduction. The circular organization of the chain and the circular application of components and systems are being accelerated, driven in part by the EU Green Deal. The current Corona crisis will accelerate this process, supported by governments.

The diversity of new materials and the combination with existing materials (hybridization) leads to challenges in production. This hybridization requires new process, handling and joining methodologies and technologies, while at the same time production will have to be more (energy) efficient. Another trend in the automotive industry is the ever-increasing personalization of vehicles, series size 1. In order to keep up with all these developments, or even stay ahead of them, we will have to collectively pick up a number of innovations. Cooperation is key!

Automotive Industry

Manufacturing & composites

Lightweight materials are important for the automotive industry to achieve its goals in the main field of CO2 reduction. Composite materials have great potential for lightweight design, thus a positive boost for CO2 reduction. Especially in a multi-material construction like a vehicle. In the video below, the aerospace, marine, and automotive industries explain the benefits of using Composites.

Development in the coming years

• Further development of the Manufacturing program based on the development in the Factory of the Future.

• Further development of the Materials program based on developments within lightweight development and circular applications within the automotive industry.

RAI Automotive Industry NL proudly presents the focus document and action plan for Automotive Manufacturing in the Netherlands.