The cooperative research project "Conservation of valuable materials by a highly efficient forming system" is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. The consortium consists of four SMEs and three research institutes originating from five countries.

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Aurrennak S. Coop. (Spain, SME)


AURRENAK is an SME with more than 30 years of experience in casting tooling manufacturing for the automotive industry. AURRENAK dates back to 1974, when thirty partners founded the cooperative in Vitoria, established in a rented workshop and provide their services to small customers in the area. In 1979, with its move to new premises, the company began a significant growth to reach international markets. At present, it employs about 90 workers and its annual turnover amounts to about 13 Mio €. It has experience in designing and manufacturing industrial tools. It is equipped with CAD/CAM design programmes and the market’s most advanced software tools. From design to complete industrial integration, AURRENAK develops and produces elements for tooling manufacture, verification and assembly. The company is engaged in the design and manufacturing of tools for iron and aluminium casting, mainly for the production of parts for the automotive and engine blocks. Also, the department of engineering often works with the customers on the design of the parts, bringing their knowledge and experience to avoid the occurrence of errors during manufacturing. Oriented towards an international market, more than 80 % of AURRENAKs production is exported to EU countries.

AURRENAK has participated in several R&D rational and regional projects during the last years, most of them related to high precision casting tools. A few years ago AURRENAK decided to widen their business by also providing tool manufacturing for complicated forging processes.

Eratz-Ingenieurbüro (Germany, SME)


ERATZ is a very small company from Dortmund in Germany having one permanently employed worker which is also the owner of the company. Additionally ERATZ employs part time workers e. g. in construction and programming. The annual turnover of ERATZ was about 230.000 € in 2010. The business model of Mr. Hermann Eratz is to program specialized software tools for rolling operations. These software tools are made for engineers to save time in designing rolling operations. For example an engineer is able to make complete CAD design of tools for forge rolling within 10 minutes using the software VeraCAD, which is used for forge rolling. Without this software, the design takes about a whole week. ERATZ sells its software solutions to a customer base of about 50 companies all over the world. This is supported by special sales agents in these regions.


IPH - Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gemeinnützige GmbH (Germany, RTD)

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IPH was founded in 1988 as a non-profit limited company. It is a spin-off of the Leibniz Universität Hannover and is supported by the state government of Lower-Saxony (Germany). It develops innovative and economically efficient solutions for problems in manufacturing industry and manufacturing science. One additional aim of the IPH is to assist SMEs in implementing and using advanced production technologies to improve their competitive position. IPH employs about 30 project engineers working on RTD projects. By successfully completing more than 180 RTD projects within the last 24 years, IPH has accumulated vast experience in projects with industrial participation. IPH participated in several EU projects in the FP7, FP6, CRAFT, Esprit, ESSI and COMETT programs. The development of new forming technologies is especially carried out in national RTD projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The institute is divided into three divisions:

–  Process technology: development and design of manufacturing process chains for forming technology and development material efficient forming processes using complex tools,
–  Production logistics: organisation of production networks, secure flow of materials within networks, efficient logistics and efficient use of resources,
–  Production automation: intelligent systems, simulation techniques, wireless communication, business process modelling and system integrity

This state-of-the-art knowledge in methods and technology is an important basis for qualified consulting and problem solving for industry. This work for industry guarantees practical relevance of IPH’s research.


OMS S.p.A. (Italy, SME)

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OMS is an Italian forging company with about 75 employees stated in business since 1952. Since that it was always owned by the same family. The main customers of OMS are from the automotive sector and from agricultural. Produced parts are for example pinions, gears, shafts and axles following a zero defect strategy. The products have a weight between 0.5 and 60 kg. OMS always aims to produce near net shape parts which on the one hand are advantageous in material utilization. On the other hand these parts permit an easier machining because less material has to be removed and better prices can be achieved on the market for such parts. To forge near net shape parts good preforms are needed to reach the desired shape. Therefore since a few years OMS uses CWR operations for preforming.


 Omtas Otomotiv Transmisyon Aksami San. ve Tic. A.S. (Turkey, SME)


The Omtaş Automotive Transmission Parts Industry and Trade Co. Inc. produces hot forged steel parts for automotive and machine fabrication industries and was founded in 1968 in Gebze (Kocaeli), Turkey. OMTAS has a production of 8.500 tons and 240 employees generated an annual turnover of approx. 26 Million Euro in 2011. The factory is based on an area of 30.000 m² and covers 11.000 m² itself. Sample parts include front axels for trucks, various gear blanks, connecting and piston rods, crank and camshafts, rear axles and differential rods weighting from 0,5 to 120 kg. Various shapes up to a length of 1800 mm can be produced. OMTAS is a main supplier of OEMs. These forgings are used e. g. for internal combustion engines.




PROFACTOR is an Austrian research company located in Steyr and focuses on developing new methods for integrated production technologies. It has an annual turnover of about 7 Mio €. PROFACTOR is the executive organisation of the VPTÖ, an association for production in Austria led by CEOs of leading companies (BMW, MAN, VATECH, Hilti, MIBA etc.). Approx. 250 companies are partnering with PROFACTOR. About 65 scientists of various disciplines conduct research to improve the competitiveness of the production industry and to strengthen mainly the Austrian industrial region. PROFACTOR has a broad spectrum of competencies including Machine Vision, Intelligent Automation Systems and Embedded Systems.


TECNALIA – Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain, RTD)


TECNALIA is the first private Centre of Applied Investigation in Spain and the fifth one in Europe. TECNALIA has a private character, focusing of its activity in the Applied Investigation, being a Centre of international excellence (international contracts of research and development, foreign investigators, international accompaniment to local industries, licenses, etc.), with impact in local industry (Projects of R+D+i with companies, spin offs, formation, services) and opened, turned into pole attractor of persons who want to develop their creativity and organizations (networks), that want to interact and generate knowledge with the Centre. The Industry and Transport Division of TECNALIA works on all the transport sectors (e. g. automotive, aeronautic, railway). All the aspects (material characterization, process design, mechanical validation, microstructural analysis, failure analysis) related to the manufacturing parts processing are studied with the aim of providing industrial customers with all the relevant information that could help them in improving their products and manufacturing processes.