The real impact of tailor welded blanks is in the safety and fuel efficiency they provide for drivers around the world.
• They optimize crash performance through the use of high-strength materials that absorb impact.
• They make vehicle body structures up to 15 percent lighter, which results in a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption because the lighter the car, the less energy consumed.
In addition, they’ve formed a place in the hearts and minds of the employees who manufacture them every day as something to be proud of.
Driving home, there’s a rear-end accident every day. When I observe the vehicle that got rear-ended or that did the rear-ending, I can look at it and tell whether the occupant is safe based on the accordion of the car. In many cases, the occupant is safe because of a tailor welded blank.
To continue to push the limits of what’s possible, TWB further innovated to pioneer the friction stir welding process for North America’s first dedicated aluminum tailor welded blank line. Using aluminum, this process can create a car door inner panel that is 62 percent lighter and 25 percent cheaper than other manufacturing methods while maintaining the speed, scale, quality, and consistency required by the auto industry.*
*Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Today, approximately 90 percent of vehicles are made with at least one or two tailor welded blanks by nearly all major car manufacturers.
They advance manufacturing processes to save weight, reduce cost, improve material utilization, and consolidate parts. They’ve created a legacy of protection for people behind the wheel. And they’ve contributed to fuel efficiency to forge a better economy.
So here’s to 30 years of making vehicles more secure, and the decades more we will invest in innovation to propel this and other technologies even further to continue to ensure the safety of drivers worldwide.