With Docol® steel, Shape Corp. has improved body structure components for cars
July 05, 2021 6 min read
The basic shape of the car hasn’t changed much in a century, but a lot of evolution has happened to the body structure. Thanks to advanced high-strength steel grades from SSAB, Shape Corp. has been able to improve the body structure components of vehicles, with increased safety and reduced weight as a result.
The automotive industry has been constantly changing, which means that product development has been a key factor for not only being successful but also to stay successful. Today one of the megatrends is electrification. This isn’t simply a change of propulsion and energy storage; electrification means significant changes to a car’s body.
“An electric vehicle has a different centre of gravity because the battery modules are typically placed under the occupant,” explains Brian Oxley. “With different drive train structures, the car absorbs an impact differently. Also, the battery itself requires protection.”
Brian Oxley is an advanced product development specialist at Shape Corp., an engineering and manufacturing company specialising in impact management systems and body structure components for automobiles. Shape Corp. is a worldwide company with their located headquarter in Michigan, USA, and develop things such as the pillar structures around the passenger compartment and the front and rear bumpers.