FACING THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE CN*

 

CURRENT CHALLENGES

Grupo Antolin’s leadership position is the outcome of our commitment to innovation as a means of flexibly and efficiently adapting to a changing and extremely competitive international market.


 

The new mobility CN

 

Greater environmental social awareness, along with restrictions on car access to the city centre, have generated new forms of mobility with alternative propulsion modes such as electric, as well as the development of business models based on fleets of vehicles for sharing.

The final consolidation of the 100% electric vehicle requires us to go deeper in aspects of weight lightening and the development of modular solutions with maximum levels of functional integration, as well as the use of technologies for the processing of composite materials, structural foaming processes and linings, and the incorporation of advanced carbon materials.

For Grupo Antolin, electrification also has other innovation implications within the vehicle:

  • Optimisation of thermal comfort.
  • Surface heating technologies.
  • Optimisation of vibro-acoustic behaviour.

The advanced assistance systems is allowing the progressive automation of driving to reach an advanced level of autonomy. In the same way, the interior of the car will require the incorporation of new connectivity solutions and entertainment, while rethinking the comfort aspects on board:

  • New interior architectures.
  • Redefining spaces.

The interior of the vehicle is transforming into a new living space. In this sense, improving life on board for people has always been a constant aim for Grupo Antolin. Today more than ever our efforts are aimed at promoting a healthy environment inside. The need for surface asepsis, as well as monitoring and controlling the air quality we breathe on board, are now managed by fundamental issues more than ever.

To this end, Grupo Antolin is currently working on the development of::

  • Components with textile fabrics made from natural fibres, such as bamboo with intrinsic fungicide properties.
  • The incorporation into our processes of materials formulated with antimicrobial additives to provide plastic surfaces with antiseptic properties.
  • Mixed systems that combine air filtration with surface sterilisation systems.

As for the shared vehicle, its use by a greater number of users will have effects on certain aspects of comfort. Therefore, Grupo Antolin works on surfaces that are more resistant to usage and easy to clean with antiseptic and odourless properties.

 

 

 

 

Connectivity CN

Connectivity is increasingly a key sales criterion for the car and the basis of tomorrow's driving safety.

Needs of communication with occupants, other vehicles and road infrastructure will increase as the market evolves. Consequently, the need arises to integrate connectors and wiring inside the car – even through functional printing – sensors, actuators, antennas, functional lighting, displays and monitoring cameras, as well as their own control electronics.

Efficiency, flexibility and competitiveness CN

The company's strategy includes the development of Programmes aimed at the implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies with the goal of achieving the highest levels of efficiency and business competitiveness. To this end, the capture, analysis and management of relevant data is key in this field.

In addition, the company seeks to improve its industrial flexibility by allowing the reconfiguration of facilities and processes to adapt them to increasingly demanding production changes and new requirements. The goal is to make our processes and systems smarter in order to optimise quality control, predictive maintenance and logistics flow optimisation; the three main areas of application of advanced manufacturing in the company.

Finally, given the strategic importance of environmental sustainability aspects, research is under way on the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste generated in manufacturing processes.

On the other hand, Grupo Antolin has different lines of innovation aimed at promoting the circular economy and extending it to its entire value chain by means of::

  • Technologies for processing materials with high content of recycled material.
  • Biopolymers.
  • 100% Natural materials and surfaces (easy to recycle).
  • Waste recovery from our own processes (Coretech®).