Porsche and Schuler agree metal forming joint venture

Sheet press maker Schuler and carmaker Porsche have joined up to build what they say will be an innovative press shop for the car factory of the future, Kallanish learns from the partners.

The objective of the two German groups is to create a so-called smart press shop as part of a networked Industry 4.0 approach. The new press shop’s pioneering technologies will enable the highly flexible production of complex car body parts, they say.

The systematic further development of process know-how in the field of metal forming will be achieved in part by the end-to-end networking of production data and the use of machine learning. Porsche and Schuler aim to set new standards in the field of predictive maintenance and intelligent production control.

The joint venture will operate as an independent company held in equal proportions by each company. Each partner will invest a double-digit million-euro amount in the joint venture. Over 100 highly skilled jobs are to be created.