SAILAUF, Germany, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. announced that it is leveraging its advanced
composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative,
lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3.
Magna's collaboratively-designed liftgate achieves the BMW i brand
appearance and vehicle mass requirements through the use of a
lightweight composite structure which integrates the liftgate's
functional systems. Locking and latching systems, rear windshield wiper
system, interior trim, exterior painted trim finishes, electrical power
and signal distribution, tail-lights, rear window and a unique glass
outer panel are all integrated using a fully automated accelerated
joining technology. The sleek and stylish module is a completely
assembled lightweight closure, ready for installation on the vehicle.
"Our composites and exterior systems expertise, as well as our ability
to effectively collaborate with BMW Group to achieve shared objectives,
were fundamental to our ability to deliver this novel liftgate," said
Joe Pittel, president Magna Exteriors. "This combination enabled us to
meet the expectations of BMW Group and launch this innovative product
in a relatively short time."
The liftgate assembly is being produced at a Magna facility in the Czech
Republic, using advanced manufacturing and bonding processes to ensure
a high-quality product scalable for high-volume production. The fully
assembled module is transported to BMW Group's Leipzig facility for
direct assembly in line.
"Magna's ability to deliver innovative solutions that help our customers
address market needs and industry challenges is a top priority for the
company," said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna's Chief Technical Officer.
"Delivering commercialized products demonstrate the company's leadership position in innovation and
positions us for future growth opportunities in a highly competitive
About Magna International
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 317 manufacturing
operations and 83 product development, engineering and sales centres in
29 countries. We have over 130,000 employees focused on delivering
superior value to our customers through innovative products and
processes, and World Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities
include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating,
powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules,
as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Our
Common Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York
Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit our
website at www.magna.com.
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