September 11, 2014
Cambridge, UK – September 11, 2014. Granta Design today announced the initial members of the new Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’) in advance of the first meeting, to be hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris on October 23. General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA will be part of an international collaborative project targeting material challenges including lightweighting and emissions reduction, supply chain risk, and integrating materials into design, simulation, and PLM strategy.
The first three-year phase will bring together further OEMs as well as suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors to develop best practice for materials information and its use. The focus will be on increasing engineering productivity, lowering costs, improving product performance, reducing risk associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, and making the most of investments in simulation and PLM. The project is open to any organization in the relevant sectors interested in applying materials information technology.
“Many of the strategic challenges facing the automotive sector come down to materials”, Granta’s chief operating officer, Dr Patrick Coulter, explains. “As the software developer for AutoMatIC, Granta is delighted to be working with many world-leading automotive OEMs and Tier 1’s. Right from the start of the project, members will benefit from the most advanced materials information management system available today. Guided by the AutoMatIC members, we are developing the system to meet every challenge that these organizations face, related to materials and materials information, now and in the future.”
Granta are the materials information technology experts. The company develops market leading software for managing materials and process information in engineering enterprises, and a series of tools for applying that data to key materials and product design decisions. Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, defense, energy, medical devices, automotive, motorsports, manufacture of consumer and industrial equipment, materials production, and publishing. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround. Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge and the work of Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon.