As an exhibitor at the 17th Auto Shanghai trade show, scheduled for April 21 to 28, 2017, ElringKlinger will be presenting products for use in the full range of drive technologies currently available. Alongside its extensive portfolio of gaskets and seals, the company has been focusing heavily on products that are not restricted to a specific type of drive system. They include lightweight plastic components as well as solutions tailored to the requirements of battery and fuel cell technologies.
Auto Shanghai is considered to be China's largest and most important industry gathering for the automotive sector. Attracting more than 900,000 visitors, it set a new attendance record in 2015. This year's trade show, the 17th event of its kind, is to be held at the New Expo Convention and Exhibition Complex in Shanghai. ElringKlinger will be presenting its comprehensive range of products in Hall 4.2H/Booth 4BE105.
Lightweight engineering plays a pivotal role in the latest generation of vehicles, as downweighting translates into lower fuel consumption and a reduction in harmful emissions. In electric cars, too, lightweight construction is seen as a game changer. After all, the lighter a vehicle is, the longer its battery will last.
ElringKlinger's cockpit cross-car beams combine the benefits of high-end functionality and low weight. Carrying the dashboard, steering column, heating and ventilation modules, airbags, glove compartment, center console, and other features, they ensure that all components are securely connected to the vehicle body. Engineered with the help of hybrid technology, the lightweight parts are produced at various sites within the ElringKlinger Group, including the company's plant in Suzhou, near Shanghai. These components will also be showcased at Auto Shanghai.
Expertise in battery and fuel cell technology
Alongside lightweight plastics, ElringKlinger has established a strong position in the field of e-mobility, which now forms a second important pillar for the future. For instance, the company will be exhibiting a 24V battery module featuring seven lithium-ion cells. A robust cable harness interface helps to ensure effective voltage monitoring and cell balancing. The company from Dettingen/Erms has thus proven its credentials not just as a component manufacturer but also as a supplier of end-to-end solutions within the area of e-mobility.
ElringKlinger's high-current cell contact modules for lithium-ion batteries are tailored precisely to customer requirements and are welded directly to the cell assembly. Developed as customized solutions, they are designed to monitor voltages and temperatures. At the same time, they connect the individual cells to create modules. These components are used in traction batteries for hybrid and battery-powered vehicles.
Drawing on many years of experience as a supplier to the automotive industry, underpinned by fully automated processes in the areas of metalworking, plastic injection molding and joining/coating technology as well as automated assembly processes and in-house tool and mold making capabilities, ElringKlinger has established itself as a high-caliber partner for the cost-effective manufacture of fuel cell products in large quantities. Visitors to the Auto Shanghai trade show will be able to find out first-hand about the benefits of SOFC and PEM fuel cell solutions developed by ElringKlinger.
Established portfolio for modern combustion engines
Additionally, ElringKlinger will be presenting a number of components from its long-standing portfolio of products. These include cylinder-head gaskets that help to ensure maximum compression and avoid leakage of coolant or engine oil as well as shielding systems designed for effective thermal and acoustic management, transmission control plates, and much more besides.