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Auto partnerships: Continental and Osram jv for lighting; DSM with Toyota Motorsport for engineering solutions

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Technology companies Continental and Osram are to establish a 50:50 joint venture to combine lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry. The global joint venture would operate under the name Osram Continental GmbH with its registered office in the Munich region. The aim is to generate annual sales in the mid-triple-digit-million-euro range with a workforce of around 1,500 employees and 17 locations worldwide. The joint venture is scheduled to start in 2018 subject to agreement on the binding contracts, prior consent of each party’s Supervisory Board and antitrust approvals.

Osram would be transferring its automotive Solid State Lighting (SSL) module business over to the joint venture. Continental would be incorporating its light control business from the Body & Security business unit. This would lead Osram Continental to combine semiconductor-based lighting modules, advanced electronics, optics and software expertise with access to sensor technology and innovative light sources. Osram Continental would therefore be able to offer a broad range of end-to-end, innovative lighting solutions, designed especially for headlight and tail light applications. The intention is to work together to design perfectly coordinated and innovative products and solutions, and bring them to market more quickly. The joint venture would operate on the market as a standalone company.

“The pace of innovation in the automotive industry lighting segment is rapid, and software is strengthening this dynamic,” explained Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board. “While conventional lighting expertise remains important to our customers, the addition of electronics to enable new light functions is taking on increased significance. The joint venture would systematically combine these two areas and raise them to a new level.”

“The joint venture is a sign that Osram is focusing its efforts consistently on digitalisation. Continental’s expertise in software and electronics is the perfect complement to our technology leadership in automotive lighting. It will create a forward-looking company for digital automotive lighting,” said Stefan Kampmann, member of the Osram Licht AG Management Board.

The automotive industry lighting market is in the grip of technological change. Similar to the situation with general lighting, this market is moving toward semiconductor-based lighting solutions. Thanks to increasingly intelligent light functions in vehicles as well as new light-based design and application options, semiconductor-based technology, software and electronics are gaining progressively in importance. Each year, growth in the market for semiconductor-based front lighting solutions is somewhere in the double-digit range. Market studies indicate that by as early as 2025 more than half of new cars worldwide could be fitted with semiconductor-based lighting solutions.

“Digitalisation is bringing about new potential applications in automotive lighting and hence tremendous opportunities that we want to take advantage of with Continental. Thanks to our combined offering of lighting and electronics solutions, we will be able to offer automotive sector customers cutting-edge products from a single source,” explained Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of Osram’s Specialty Lighting business unit.

“By joining forces, we will be in an even better position to drive forward innovations by working closely with the automotive industry to integrate lighting, sensor technology and electronics seamlessly in a single application. This will allow us to drive forward new intelligent light functions, such as the combination of lighting and sensor technology in a module or light-based communication between the driver, other road users and the vehicle surroundings,” added Schwabe.

Motorsport-GmbH

In other news, Dutch firm DSM has signed a “One DSM” framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a 100% subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation. The agreement involves all DSM businesses active in supplying materials and technology to the automotive sector – Engineering Plastics, Dyneema (ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fibre), and 3D Printing including Somos for stereolithography (SLA), and other technologies like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

TMG offers a wide range of technical services as well as its involvement in various motorsport disciplines. One of its speciality areas is in the manufacture of products by additive manufacturing (often referred to as 3D printing), both for motorsport use and for external customers.

Under the non-exclusive agreement, DSM will have the opportunity to act as TMG’s preferred material and product provider. TMG will develop and pilot new engineering solutions using DSM high performance materials and products for potential application in the automotive industry. TMG will also test and evaluate DSM products and act as a test user for defined projects.

“DSM thermoplastics like Stanyl, ForTii and Akulon already have an important place in automotive, especially under the hood”, Golnar Motahari Pour, President of DSM Dyneema points out, “but we are also moving quickly into thermoset composites. Last year, for example, we introduced Dyneema Carbon, which we believe represents a leap in the evolution of carbon. Dyneema the world’s strongest fibre significantly improves the performance of pure carbon composites and makes further lightweighting and durability possible.”

(IMA)


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