ABOUT INTERREG
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The Light Vehicle 2025 project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Interreg VA programme Euregio Meuse-Rhine (European Fund for Regional Development).

Until the year 2020, the Programm Interreg VA Euregion Meuse Rhein (EMR) invests 96 million euros in crossborder cooperation in the Programme Area. This area entails roughly the square between Eindhoven, Leuven, Cologne and Trier, an area with almost 5.5 million inhabitants. Through the Interreg Projects the European Union directly invests in the economic development, innovation, the territorial development and social inclusion and education of this cross border region.

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Why lightweight?

In the last decades, global trends across various industries towards ressource efficiency and environmental friendlyness have proven the importance and growing impact of lightweight materials and design.

With lightweight materials, we create the future in automotive: safer, lighter, more fun to drive, environmentally friendly through material savings, reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The LV 2025 project will show that lightweight designs and materials can also be cost-efficient in high-volume production cycles thanks to the new progresses in manufacturing technologies.

Applications in automotive

In the Automotive production sector, many parts considered as lightweight pieces are actually already in place at most of the Automotive OEMs. Up to 70% of a passenger car* can today already be manufactured with lightweight technologies. The applications range from body parts over chassis, from structural parts to even under-the-bonnet developments.

Some prototype developments show that this figure can be increased even more.

Further developments for new parts, where lightweight materials would replace traditional materials such as steel or aluminum are constantly in the focus of the research work of the entire Automotive value chain.

 

*Source: Quote

About the Project

AUTOMOTIVE LIGHT VEHICLE 2025 is an EU-funded cross-border project in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, Limburg and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands,North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany).

Implemented in 2018 by 6 partners (Flanders Make (Leader), Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur, University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps), it will run for three years until 2021.

Aside from the traditionally well known strongholds of automotive engineering in Europe, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine provides a huge potential with its many highly innovative, leading companies and especially SMEs which are active in the future-oriented areas of lightweight, electric mobility and autonomous driving. One key objective of the LV2025 project is to connect their competences, which shall be showcased through the design and the manufacturing of several selected lightweight component prototypes. The aim is to build an important virtual technology center on automotive engineering for the future.

With lightweight materials and design, we create the future in automotive: safer, lighter, more fun to drive, environmentally friendly through material savings and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The project will show that lightweight designs and materials can also be cost-efficient in high-volume production cycles thanks to the new progresses in manufacturing technologies.

Benefit of joining forces in „Light Vehicle 2025” is in bundling our technological competences and our global and local networks for the greatest benefit of everybody. It will help companies in the Euregio to access to an extended supply chain and will support them in tackling the challenges for the future in automotive.

The presence of a large number of representatives along the entire automotive value chain in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine makes this geographical area one of the most attractive for any kind of automotive business. In particular, the advanced material sector here is established and growing, with a consolidated offer ranging from the raw material producer over technology development to production, from research and development to industrial OEM.

Light Vehicle 2025” will focus on innovation and new technologies, provide gap analysis on technologies and on training possibilities, select potentials, connect people and businesses, inspire cooperation and cross border clusters, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate knowledge transfer and provide and up-to-date worker and engineer training framework.

With our activities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, we are going to help the parties to mutually increase their competitiveness, to initiate and run joint demonstration projects, to strengthen the economy in all involved regions and finally to secure working places.

Our Services

The benefit of joining forces in „Light Vehicle 2025” is in bundling our technological competences and our global and local networks for the greatest benefit of everybody. It will help companies in the Euregio to access to an extended supply chain in design, material and manufacturing and will support them in tackling the challenges for the future in automotive. Thus, we are going to help the parties to mutually increase their competitiveness, to initiate and run joint demonstration projects, to strengthen the economy in all involved regions and finally to secure working places.

With focus on innovation and new technologies, „Light Vehicle 2025” will provide gap analysis on technologies and on training possibilities, select potentials, connect people and businesses, inspire cooperation and cross border clusters, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate knowledge transfer and provide an up-to-date worker and engineer training framework.

About the Partners

6 partners carry the project Light Vehicle 2025 out:

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Automotiv NL Logo
Campus Francorchamps Logo
Liege Universite Logo
Technifutur Logo
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About the co-financing partners

Many thanks to the following five entities in the Euregio who support the project Light Vehicle 2025:

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Provincie Noord-Brabant Logo
Ministerie van Economische Zaken Logo
Provincie Limburg Logo
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About the euregio
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The Euregio Meuse-Rhine provides a huge potential with its many highly innovative, leading companies and especially SMEs which are active in the future-oriented areas of lightweight, electric mobility and autonomous driving. The presence of a large number of representatives along the entire automotive value chain in the Euregio makes this geographical area one of the most attractive for any kind of automotive business. In particular, the advanced material sector is established and growing, with a consolidated offer ranging from the raw material producer over technology development to production, from research and development to industrial OEM.

LIGHT VEHICLE 2025 connects all their competences. The outstanding competences of the Euregio shall be showcased through the manufacturing of selected prototypes. The aim is to build an important virtual technology center on automotive engineering for the future.

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Demonstrator parts

Within the scope of the LV 2025 project, some demonstrator parts are being developed in order to showcase the competences present in the Euregio and where it makes sense to connect entities for successful and efficient cooperation.

Further information about the participation entities, the selection and work on these demonstrator parts can soon be found here.

The Automotive Value Chain

Below, you find important value chains of the Automotive industry with their players, thermoset composite parts, thermoplastic composite parts, steel parts, aluminium parts and magnesium parts.

Thermoset Composite Parts

Thermoset Composit Parts

Thermoplastic Composite Parts

Thermoplastic Composite Parts

Steel Parts

Steel Parts

Aluminium Parts

Aluminium Parts

Magnesium Parts

Training

The “Light Vehicle 2025” project will focus on innovation and new technologies, provide gap analysis on technologies and on training possibilities, select potentials, connect people and businesses, inspire cooperation and cross border clusters, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate knowledge transfer and provide and up-to-date worker and engineer training framework.

The goal of the first survey is to assemble the actual competences of the local market, to identify lightweight technology trends and to point out the training needs in this region (for January 2019).
The goal of the second survey is to create an overview on the actual competences of the local training sector (for April 2019).
The combination of these two surveys will enable us, thanks to a gap analysis, to understand what subjects the training centers should focus on in the future and how to achieve them. Several course modules will be identified according to the expected level at the end of training (For September 2019).

For more information about the training developments of this project, please contact: Cendrine Marchal Cendrine.marchal[@]campus-francorchamps.be

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