The Automotive Center Südwestfalen GmbH (ACS) is a research and development centre for the automotive industry as well as a platform for the transfer of knowledge between OEMs, suppliers and universities. The central goal of the ACS is the economical and resource-efficient lightweight design of automotive body and chassis components.
The business model of the ACS is based on the confession of industry and universities to a resource efficient, interdisciplinary cooperation. Their company provides an outstanding infrastructure of machinery and facilities in combination with a highly qualified staff. The ACS competencies involve product design, material and process development, calculation, simulation and component testing. Besides metal and plastic materials in general, the ACS is focusing on hybrid material combinations in particular.
Their staff and machinery are assigned to five departments:
1) Innovation Management
4) Joining & Assembly technology
5) Development & Testing.