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11th December 2019, Wiesbaden

SGL makes composite leaf springs for Ford Transit

The leaf springs of are applied in the Skeleton chassis of the Ford Transit, thus, where high payloads play an important role. For example, in caravanning models or specific commercial vehicle variants. (Source: Ford).

The leaf springs are applied in the Skeleton chassis of the Ford Transit, thus, where high payloads play an important role. For example, in caravanning models or specific commercial vehicle variants. (Source: Ford).

Since the middle of this year, SGL Carbon has produced longitudinal leaf springs made of glass fibre-based composite for Ford Transit rear axles in series. The springs are used in combination with the Transit Skeleton chassis. Thus, they are applied where high payloads play an important role, for example in caravanning models or specific commercial vehicle variants of the Transit.

In comparison to conventional leaf springs, the innovative composite leaf spring weighs about 50% less while offering increased security standards. The serial application is supported by a one-to-one compatibility with standard steel springs.

This is Ford’s first leaf spring project with composites in series worldwide and SGL Carbon will deliver the leaf springs ready to install to the Ford-Otosan assembly plant in Kocaeli, Turkey.

The leaf springs of are applied in the Skeleton chassis of the Ford Transit, thus, where high payloads play an important role. For example, in caravanning models or specific commercial vehicle variants. (Source: Ford).

The leaf springs of are applied in the Skeleton chassis of the Ford Transit, thus, where high payloads play an important role. For example, in caravanning models or specific commercial vehicle variants. (Source: Ford).

“The design of these composite longitudinal leaf springs for the Ford Transit Skeleton chassis is yet another milestone in the development of production-ready lightweight leaf springs. They are not only characterized by their special material properties and semi-automatic production, but especially by their high compatibility with various customer model variants,” explains Sebastian Grasser, Head of the Automotive Composites – Fibers & Materials business unit at SGL Carbon.

In comparison to conventional leaf springs, the innovative composite leaf spring of the Ford Transit weighs about 50 percent less while offering increased security standards. (Source: Ford).

In comparison to conventional leaf springs, the innovative composite leaf spring of the Ford Transit weighs about 50 percent less while offering increased security standards. (Source: Ford).

For the first time ever, the leaf springs are manufactured on the basis of pre-impregnated glass fibre fabrics produced at the SGL Carbon site in Willich. The SGL Carbon component plant in Innkreis, Austria, is responsible for the development and serial production of the springs. Leaf spring concepts are an important part of the SGL Carbon strategy to support the automotive industry with innovative lightweight solutions made of glass fibre-based components.

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