Thesis programme is part of AC Floby’s commitment to education initiatives, providing support for the engineers of tomorrow and driving excellence in automotive R&D
Floby, Sweden, 22 February 2019 -- Automotive Components Floby (AC Floby), a leading Swedish provider of parts for the global automotive industry, has launched a programme that will provide practical industry experience to engineering students from Jönköping University (JU) as they write their final theses.
The programme marks a deepening of the collaboration that has existed between the two organizations over many years. AC Floby has previously worked closely on joint research projects with JU - as well as similar partnerships with Lund University and the University of Skövde - but this is the first time it has opened its doors to masters students working on new innovations in the automotive industry.
From March, six students from JU will work at the company’s headquarters in Floby as part of their theses on product development and materials engineering. They will undertake practical employment in the casting of aluminium brake discs, working on the theory that new, lightweight components are essential to the vehicles of the future.
JU Professor of Materials and Manufacturing, Anders Jarfors, believes that this type of collaboration is vital as the automotive industry moves towards electrification, with energy efficiency at the forefront of global R&D.
“The transformation of the transport industry is well underway, and it is critical that innovation helps drive sustainability,” said Professor Jarfors. “Having an experienced and determined partner like AC Floby is a blessing for the research we are doing as it allows our students to stay abreast of the practical side of manufacturing, and provides real insight into the industrial application of our theoretical work.”
Research and Development is at the core of AC Floby’s current expansion, and, following this project, the company is looking to collaborate with other universities - both domestically and internationally - to provide support for young engineers and increase knowledge and expertise across areas of the business such as modelling, simulation and supply chain logistics.
Project organiser, Dr. Samuel Awe - Senior Metallurgical Engineer R&D at AC Floby and a JU alumnus - believes collaborations like this are mutually beneficial.
“We have the machines needed to carry out the student theories,” said Dr. Awe. “We have a welcoming and open-minded corporate culture, so our door is always open to driven and dedicated students and engineers based in Sweden and beyond. By sharing ideas and pooling our resources, organizations like JU and AC Floby can play an important part in this new era of automotive innovation for private and commercial vehicles.”
About AC Floby
Automotive Components Floby was founded 1957 and delivers parts such as brake discs, wheel hubs and connecting rods to car companies all over the world.
Driven by key values of knowledge and tradition, all the company’s products are manufactured according to the industry's highest standards in quality, precision and environmental impact. To further optimize the process for each product, AC Floby technicians work closely with customers to provide expert support and smooth workflow.
AC Floby employs over 560 staff - mainly in Sweden - and opened a Shanghai operation in 2018.
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