BioStruX, a research project sponsored by the BMWi, a German government ministry, is aimed at developing new lightweight structures based on bifurcated profiles. ‘As part of this collaborative project, HÖRMANN Automotive has been working since April with various companies affiliated with the HÖRMANN Group, including HÖRMANN Vehicle Engineering, HÖRMANN Digital, HÖRMANN Automotive Gustavsburg and SITEC,’ said Matthias Schneider, development engineer for central R&D at HÖRMANN Automotive. The goal of the research project is to advance linear flow splitting, a new technology for realising innovative lightweight steel structures, to an industrial scale. In addition to technological process industrialisation and automation by means of AI methods, project work is focusing on the development of new lightweight solutions with leading customers in the shipping and logistics sectors.