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2013 December 07 – press release

Saab Invests in Lightweight Production Technology

Swedish company FlexProp AB and defence and security company Saab have launched a mutual project with a budget of 2.5 million Swedish crowns. The project is a continuation of cooperation that began in 2011 to develop lightweight production technology.

Lightweight production technology (LWPT) is a concept in which heavy equipment used in the automotive and aerospace industries is replaced by much lighter equipment manufactured in carbon fibre-reinforced plastic. Saab foresees a great potential for increasing its overall productivity by implementing LWPT.

The project marks an important step toward full-scale implementation of the technology. “This is a fantastic opportunity for FlexProp. This is the second, large-scale project that we’ve launched during this year’s fourth quarter for research and development within the aerospace industry,” says the company’s CEO Karl-Otto Strömberg. “This partnership is also a confirmation of the potential in lightweight production technology.”

FlexProp has primarily engaged within the automotive industry but actively began introducing LWPT to the aerospace industry in 2011. “It took us three years to gain acceptance, but today we see a significant, increased interest in LWPT for aerospace manufacturing.” By diversifying its business, FlexProp anticipates a faster, stabler, and more continuous growth for itself.

FlexProp is based in Halmstad, Sweden. Since 1985, FlexProp has successfully combined material science and innovative design resulting in a number of successful, new products throughout the years. The LWPT project (lightweight production technology) began in 1999 with a contract from AB Volvo.

LWPT is a concept in which heavy equipment used in automotive and aerospace industries is replaced by much lighter equipment manufactured in carbon fibre-reinforced plastic. The effect on production is extensive, from more efficient planning to a decrease in energy consumption and an improvement in tolerance. The greatest significance, however, is the increase in flexibility.

In September 2013, a group of 25 companies and organizations formed a cluster in order to promote LWPT. The founders of this cluster are Region Halland, the University of Halmstad and FlexProp. By forming this cluster the infrastructure is strengthened, capacity is improved and the knowledge base is broadened. The cluster will take a holistic approach to LWPT and, among many things, will initiate and promote research in this area.

Contact: Karl-Otto Strömberg, CEO, FlexProp, +46 (0)35 18 48 30, karl-otto.stromberg@flexprop.se

2013 October 30 – press release

International Interest Means Expansion for Local Business FlexProp AB

The Halmstad-based company FlexProp AB is expanding its business due to a number of significant orders from major vehicle manufactures including Volvo Cars and Airbus. FlexProp's innovation in lightweight assembly-line parts means more cost-effective production and greater efficiency overall.

FlexProp has introduced a new hybrid gripper system used in the assembly production of vehicles. The success of this product line has led to orders from both Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo Cars. Audi has also placed an order for a number of FlexProp's so-called CuC fixtures used in the laser brazing or attaching of vehicle roofs.

Defence and security company Saab and FlexProp have increased their mutual efforts in developing lightweight production technology (LWPT) for the special requirements needed within the aerospace industry. Saab foresees a great potential in LWPT. By establishing itself as a forerunner in this area, Saab expects to improve its competitiveness as a supplier and manufacturer of aircraft and subassemblies for aircraft.

Airbus has engaged FlexProp to deliver the base frame for its manufacturing process of aircraft parts. Airbus appreciates the lightweight design, stable structure and thermal behaviour allowing new production methodologies. “This is a major breakthrough for FlexProp,” says the company's CEO Karl-Otto Strömberg. “Airbus is the leading manufacturer of aircraft in the world and it is very encouraging to be qualified as supplier. It is of course also a confirmation of the potential in lightweight production technology.” The UK-based Manufacturing Technology Center, MTC, placed the order for Airbus and has engaged Aerotech Design Consultants Ltd in the UK to supply the hardware.

FlexProp is based in Halmstad, Sweden. Since 1985, FlexProp has successfully combined material science and innovative design resulting in a number of successful, new products throughout the years. The LWPT project (lightweight production technology) began in 1999 with a contract from AB Volvo. LWPT is a concept in which heavy equipment used in the automotive and aerospace industries is replaced by much lighter equipment manufactured in carbon fibre-reinforced plastic. The effect on production is extensive, from more efficient planning to a decrease in energy consumption and an improvement in tolerance. The greatest significance, however, is the increase in flexibility.

In September 2013 a group of 25 companies and organizations formed a cluster in order to promote LWPT. The founders of this cluster are Region Halland, the University of Halmstad and FlexProp. By forming this cluster the infrastructure is strengthened, capacity is improved and the knowledge base is broadened. The cluster will take a holistic approach to LWPT and, among many things, will initiate and promote research in this area.

Contact: Karl-Otto Strömberg, CEO, FlexProp, +46 (0)35 18 48 30, karl-otto.stromberg@flexprop.se

2011 February 17

FlexProp Opens State-of-the-Art Production Facility

FlexProp recently celebrated the official opening of its new production facility in Halmstad, Sweden.

Roughly 100 people consisting of employees, business partners, and close friends were in attendance at the afternoon gathering. The new facility was built to fit the particular needs of operation and to house the company's specialized equipment. "We are so thrilled to begin operations in this new building," said Karl-Otto Strömberg. "The possibilities for further developing our work are now even greater."

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