December 2004

VW Cockpit Carriers Cause Further Growth for Alcan

Gottmadingen, Germany— Alcan announced that it will supply cockpit carrier modules for Volkswagen’s Golf Plus and Seat Altea models. The VW contract for both current and future model cockpit carriers will be fulfilled at Alcan’s dedicated automotive structure plant in Gottmadingen.

The new instrument panel support grew out of development of the module carrier for Volkswagen’s PQ24 platform (VW Polo, Seat Ibiza, and Skoda Fabia).

Further innovations of the new MPV 359 project for the Golf Plus and Seat Altea include higher stiffness and enhanced resonance frequency, along with weight savings that come by deploying different wall thicknesses on the driver and front-seat passenger sides.

The new contract for the Golf Plus and Seat Altea modules required the construction of a new welding facility at Alcan Automotive’s Gottmadingen site. This new business is the latest of a number of new product launches at Gottmadingen. In addition to serving as a center for crash management expertise, the plant produces cockpit module carriers in a number of highly automated processes.

The plant celebrated the production of its 2.5 millionth module carrier for the PQ24 platform at the end of 2003. Previously, the plant employed two highly automated and inter-linked systems for the production of module carriers for both left- and right-hand drive models for the Skoda Fabia, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo brands.

Since opening in 1999, Alcan’s Gottmadingen site has enjoyed rapid expansion. In 2003, Alcan produced more than two million bumper systems, six million side-impact beams, and more than one million instrument panel supports.

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