Issue: Oct 2014


Magna producing complete, lightweight composite liftgate for German OEM



by Jon Knox

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 productsdemonstrate the company's leadership position in innovation and  positions us for future growth opportunities in a highly competitive  industry."

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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