Vibration control, fluid management and sealing technology developer Hutchinson and va-Q-tec, a manufacturer of highly efficient vacuum insulation panels (VIPs), have formed a strategic partnership to jointly develop high-performance, scalable insulation solutions to improve the thermal management of electric vehicles.
The cooperation provides the opportunity for va-Q-tec to further tap into the automotive and aerospace sectors with the help of Hutchinson’s technology and sales organization with over 100 locations worldwide, many close to major OEMs.
As part of the cooperation, Hutchinson’s solutions will be incorporated or combined with va-Q-tec’s VIPs in various research and development projects to produce battery and cabin insulation for the automotive and aircraft industries.
Dr Joachim Kuhn, CEO and founder of va-Q-tec, commented, “As a very important supplier to the automotive and aerospace industry, Hutchinson is more than just a door opener for va-Q-tec, but a great technology partner. In return, Hutchinson will benefit from our unique expertise in high-tech insulation.
“Together, we will develop vehicle insulation and fire protection solutions that will make tomorrow’s mobility not only more energy efficient but also more comfortable. I see modern thermal architecture as one of the most essential keys to energy efficiency in future vehicles.”