GF Automotive

GF Automotive is a technologically pioneering development partner and manufacturer of lightweight cast components and systems made of ductile iron, aluminum and magnesium for the global automotive industry as well as a variety of industrial applications.

GF Automotive
Products & Solutions

Lightweight constructions save energy

The highly complex lightweight components contribute to making modern vehicles lighter and reducing the CO2 emissions.

The core competence is the development and the production of light metal and iron cast components for passenger cars and trucks and industrial applications. For years, research and development has been driven by efforts to lower CO2 emissions and to reduce vehicle weight.

GF AutomotiveGF Automotive’s inner door frame in magnesium high-pressure die-casting for the new Tesla Model X.
Business Areas

First choice for cast parts

GF Automotive is a technologically pioneering development partner and manufacturer of light­­weight cast components and systems made of ductile iron, aluminum, and magnesium for the global auto­motive industry as well as a variety of other industrial applications. The highly complex lightweight components contribute to making modern vehicles lighter and reduce their CO2 emissions.

GF Automotive manufactures at nine production plants in Germany, Austria, and China. In those countries as well as in Switzerland, Korea, and Japan it also operates sales offices. The lightweight research and development competency is in Schaff­hausen (Switzerland) and Suzhou (China).

GF Automotive is the first choice for passenger vehicle, truck and industry applications. GF Automotive is the technology and market leader in Europe for all the casting processes and materials (iron, aluminum, magnesium) used in the series production of drive systems, chassis and bodywork.

Partnership with leading mold maker Meco Eckel boosts competitiveness of light-metal offering at GF Automotive.The partnership with Meco Eckel will allow for an earlier involvement in the component design, speed up design-to-production processes, and ensure a seamless supply and service for our customers.

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GF Automotive announces a 50/50 joint venture with the world leading machining specialist Linamar Corp., Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Together, GF and Linamar Corp. will invest in a new high pressure light metal die casting plant in the Southeast of the US. With this partnership, they will be in a position to serve and expand with their customers in the top three automotive markets of the world.

Technologies

Expertise, innovation and quality

GF Automotive understands die casting and iron sand casting like no other and is your supplier for highly stress-resistant cast components at  high quality from small series to high volume output.

The division compares materials and processes, determines key material data and tests components in our accredited lab. Thanks to our extensive development and production know-how, the development time between prototype and series product is significantly reduced.

Research & Development

Energy efficiency is a hallmark of quality

Energy efficient components contribute actively toward CO2 reduction. GF Automotive develops casting processes for components that by means of lightweight design and downsizing reduce vehicle weight and thus also fuel consumption. By optimizing structures, GF Automotive create hollow, thin-walled castings with consistent or even better stability - and save up to ten percent in weight.

At GF Automotive have a large number of specialists employed in research and development. Approximately three percent of annual revenue is spent on R&D.

References
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ThyssenKrupp Presta AG is the world’s foremost manufacturer of car steering systems. GF Automotive provides the sector leader with special cast parts for adjustable steering columns: millions of these parts are supplied to sites all over the world. GF has even developed a special mold concept so that the finished components do not require elaborate finishing. More information

GF Automotive wins Newcast Award 2015

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The first prize in the category „Best Substitution of another Production Process” is won by GF Automotive with a console for a truck cabin suspension at the Newcast Award 2015. The expert jury rewards the iron sand casted component from GF Automotive, Singen (DE). More information

GF Automotive magnesium-lightweight-component wins IMA Award 2015

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For the third time GF Automotive wins the Design-Award of the International Magnesium Association in the category “casting-component design”. Award winner is the magnesium seat frame for the Mercedes SLK which is casted at GF Automotive in Altenmarkt, Austria. More information