NORMA Group Wins Major Contract for Plug-in Hybrid Models from French Motor Vehicle ManufacturerMaintal, Germany, June 7, 2017 – NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, has received a major order for plastic lines and quick connectors for cooling water systems from a French automotive manufacturer. Starting in 2018, up to 150,000 connecting products will be used each year in around 47,000 vehicles with hybrid drives. Serial production will begin in 2018 at the plant in Pilica, Poland.
“The major contract shows how much our high quality and reliable joining products are in demand, also for hybrid models,” says Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “The hybrid drive plays an important role as a bridge technology on the way to pure electric mobility. Especially since the number of joining products in hybrid vehicles is around one third higher than in vehicles with a pure internal combustion engine.”
Plastic lines for cooling water systems weigh about 30 percent less than comparable rubber and metal solutions. This has a positive effect on the overall weight of the vehicle: the cooling water system lines in vehicles with hybrid or electric motors are significantly longer than those in vehicles with internal combustion engines. The cooling circuit begins at the front of the vehicle and leads to the battery, located in the rear.
A local development team of NORMA Group engineers will individually adapt the lines to meet the specific requirements of the vehicle models on site. NORMA Group will supply preformed lines to the customer. Since the lines are made of several components, they can be installed in the vehicle easily and quickly. The fitting NORMA Group plastic connectors reliably join the lines and prevent leaks.