Sapa Technology Americas is the first facility of its kind in North America dedicated to the research and development of extruded aluminium solutions for the automotive industry.

The new lab facility opened its doors last week in the Detroit suburb of Troy.

“In total, we have around 1,000 engineers working in research and with application development throughout the world. This is a new step forward in our work to provide customers with the solutions that improve their products,” says President & CEO Egil Hogna.

Executive vice president Tolga Egrilmezer, who is responsible for Strategy & Business Development for Sapa, says the company “is committed to developing innovative and sustainable aluminium solutions, and the Troy facility brings us even closer to the automotive industry, which is focused on building lighter and safer cars. We want to stimulate the use of aluminum in automotive applications and build on our role as the preferred development partner in automotive extrusion-based solutions.”

Sapa’s automotive customers include OEMs like Ford, General Motors, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Tesla, as well as Tier 1 suppliers such as MAHLE, Benteler, Panasonic and TI Automotive