As of September 1st, 2019, schwartz GmbH, Simmerath (D) took over 100 % of METAKUS Automotive GmbH, domiciled in Baunatal (D).
With its main business activities in R&D / Application Technology as well as in Postgraduate Training and Industry 4.0 Software Development METAKUS Automotive GmbH constitutes
the internationally leading supplier of all kinds of knowhow transfer services in the specific field of industrial press hardening. The homonymous Application & Training Center in Baunatal, Germany, which is closely connected to the University of Kassel traditionally constitutes the main meeting point for the global hot stamping community.
METAKUS today`s highest level of competence can be traced back to its founder Prof. Dr. Kurt Steinhoff, who has contributed decisively to shape press hardening technology to what
it is today. Together with Volkswagen AG he is among the pioneers, who, in the early 2000s paved the way to make it one of the contemporary leading technologies in automotive light weighting.
The production of highly crash-resistant lightweight automotive components with variable properties would not be possible without his groundbreaking developments already in the mid of the 1990s. Today such functionally graded parts constitute the core elements in advanced body-in-white design.
With this acquisition the market-leading portfolio of products and services of the schwartz group will be completed by a new application dimension.