Italian die-casting machine manufacturer IDRA recently announced a partnership with Volvo and will install two 9,000-ton Giga die-casting machines at Volvo’s factory in Slovakia.
Note: This kind of die-casting machine is used in Tesla’s vehicle manufacturing process, and has been successively adopted by Ford, Toyota, and Geely. Previously, IDRA has supplied multiple 6,000-ton die-casting machines to Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory, Berlin Gigafactory and Texas Gigafactory, and the 9,000-ton die-casting machine will be used for the production of Cybertruck electric pickup trucks.
According to reports, Volvo’s local factory is expected to install production equipment next year, which may include two 9,000-ton die-casting machines. Volvo said the factory will mass produce a new generation of electric vehicles starting in 2026, with an annual production target of about 250,000 units and bring thousands of jobs to the local area.
Volvo announced last year that it would use Tesla’s die-casting technology, initially at its Toslanda plant in Sweden, which produces Volvo XC90, XC60 and V90 models. Mikael Fermer, the company’s automotive platform architect, said last year that the shift to Tesla’s casting method was “the biggest technology shift since we went from building bodies in wood to building bodies in steel.”
IDRA said the die-casting machine delivered this time is about the size of a tennis court and can accurately and efficiently produce complex lightweight vehicle parts and improve vehicle performance and safety.
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