Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB is joining the Polestar 0 project to contribute to the research and development of a climate-neutral car by the end of the decade.
Gränges says it plans to offer its expertise in rolled aluminium, which is critical to the lightweighting necessary to achieve a truly zero-carbon automobile.
Jörgen Rosengren, CEO of Gränges, said in a press release that his firm is looking forward to make its contribution to the project.
“We’re seeking to collaborate with companies who share our sustainability ambitions and net-zero target. To get there, we need to accelerate in all parts of the value chain, from material sourcing, recycling, product development and production processes and all the way to the use of the end product. The partnership for Polestar 0 is an excellent example of how we use our expertise in sustainable materials and processes to help customers and partners on their decarbonization journeys.”
The Polestar 0 project was launched two years ago with the goal of resetting the automotive industry. Although transitioning from fossil fuels to electric eliminates harmful exhaust from the vehicle itself, Polestar 0 intends to reduce the carbon emissions through the supply chain from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal.
Hans Pehrson, Head of the Polestar 0 project, says the addition of Gränges to the project is a major step forward.
“We are excited to announce Gränges as a new partner on the Polestar 0 project. Their unique expertise in rolled aluminium technology will be a valuable asset for our team. The technology is highly needed in various areas of a modern electric vehicle, and we look forward to working closely with Gränges as we strive towards our goal of creating a truly climate-neutral car by 2030.”
Begun in 1873 in Stockholm, Sweden as Trafik AB Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Gränges AB was resurrected in 2013 as a private company specializing in rolled aluminium heat exchangers. It employs almost 1,800 employees at the present time at two plants – one in Finspång, Sweden, that opened in its present configuration in 1972, and a second in Shanghai, China, opened in 1996. The firm boasts a total nameplate capacity of 420 thousand metric tons per annum and an annual sales total of SEK13 billion (US$1.35 billion).