General Motors invests in laser welding

July 19, 2006
Warren, MI--Noble International has entered into an advanced development agreement with General Motors (GM) related to laser welding of body structures for future vehicle programs.

Warren, MI--Noble International has entered into an advanced development agreement with General Motors (GM) related to laser welding of body structures for future vehicle programs. Under terms of the agreement, Noble will work with GM to design structural systems that improve vehicle performance, safety, and manufacturability while reducing cost and weight.

"By working together in the early stages of the vehicle design process, we can work with GM to maximize the benefits of laser-welded flat blanks and tubular structures," said Steven Prue, Noble president. "We believe this agreement provides us with the opportunity to drive the growth of the market for laser-welded structural components, thereby creating additional value for General Motors and their customers, as well as for Noble and its shareholders."

During the second quarter, Noble also embarked on four new laser welding programs comprised of 12 applications. Three of the four new programs were launched by Noble's new facilities in Adelaide, Australia and Stow, OH. Two of the new programs were launched at Noble's Adelaide facility for GM's Holden subsidiary.

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