JAPAN: Mazda develops claimed 'world first' friction heat aluminium joining technology
Mazda Motor Corporation claims to have developed the world's first aluminium joining technology using friction heat to be applied in the aluminium body assembly process for cars, saying that energy consumption is reduced by approximately 99% compared to resistance welding. The new technology drastically reduces energy consumption and requires little equipment investment. The technology has been introduced for the rear doors and bonnet of the RX-8 sports car launched to the press in Japan this week.
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