The cooperative research project "Resource efficient forging process chain for complicated high duty parts" is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. The consortium consists of three SMEs and three research institutes originating from five countries.

REForCh Consortium

Aurrenak S. Coop.


AURRENAK is an SME with more than 30 years of experience and a casting tooling manufacturer for the automotive industry. AURRENAK dates back to 1974, when thirty partners founded the cooperative in Vitoria, established it in a rented workshop and provide their services to small customers in the local area. In 1979, with its move to new premises, the company began a significant growth to reach international markets. At present, AURRENAK employs 90 workers and has an annual turnover of 13 million Euro (as to 2010). The company has experience in designing and manufacturing industrial tools. It is equipped with CAD/CAM design programmes and the market's most advanced software tools. From design to complete industrial integration, AURRENAK develops and produces elements for tooling manufacture, verfication and assembly. The company is engaged in the design and manufacturing tools for iron and aluminium casting, mainly for the production of parts for the automotive and engine blocks. Also, the Department of Engineering often works with the customers on the design of the parts, bringing knowledge and experience to avoid the occurence of errors during manufacturing. Oriented towards an international market, more than 80 % of AURRENAKs production is exported to EU countries.

AURRENAK has participated in several R&D National and Regional projects during the last years, most of them related to high precision casting tools. The comapny has recently defined the working strategy of the next four years and has identified a new field in the development of added values forging tools and forging parts production.

Omtas Otomotiv Transmisyon Aksami San. ve Tic. A.S.


Founded in 1968 in Gebze/Kocaeli, Turkey, Omtas Automotive Transmission Parts Industry and Trade Co. Inc. produces hot forged steel parts for automotive and machine fabrication industries. OMTAS has a production of 15.000 tons. In 2011, 240 employees have generated an annual turnover of about 26 million Euro. The factory is based on an area of 30.000 m² and covers 11.000 m² itself.
Sample parts include front axels for trucks, various gear blanks, connecting and piston rods, crank rods and shafts, rear axels, differential rods and forged steel parts weighting from 0.5 to 120 kg. Various shapes up to a length of 1800 mm can be produced. Dies and tools are made in the company’s own die making and tool shops.

Mr. Gürbüz Güzey carries out the work for OMTAS. By now, he has been working at the company for 18 years. He is production director and responsible of the all technical issues at Omtas. Mr. Güzey was also responsible for the work of OMTAS in the FP7 project DeVaPro and the FP6 project DeSProCh.




METAV–Cercetare Dezvoltare (Research and Development) – abbreviated to METAV-CD – is an independent SME company that holds extensive and in depth expertise in the field of materials science and engineering. At the core of company business is the designing and characterization of advanced materials. This experience extends to a detailed understanding of technologies for metallic, ceramic, composite materials, metal powders sintered products for different areas of applications: metallurgy, medicine, machine construction, aeronautics, nuclear, chemistry.

Located in Bucharest, Romania, the company was established in 2004 by the transformation of the Research Center of METAV-Aviation Metallurgy S.A into a private company. Established in 1980, METAV-Aviation Metallurgy S.A was an engineering state company active in the field of cast and forged aviation metallic products. METAV-CD offers advanced material defect and composition diagnostic capability through use of in-house facilities including electron microscopy (SEM with EDAX, TEM and HRTEM), light microscopy, X-ray compositional analysis, dilatometry, micro and nano granulometry.

Dr. Mihaela Taca is the project responsible on behalf of METAV. As a graduated material science engineer with more than 15 years of professional experience, Dr. Taca has gained considerable knowledge of forging and material analysis. Previous involvement in EC Research Activities are: scientific responsible on behalf of METAV-CD as partner within FP5 contract G1RD-CT-2002-00654 CDTreatment (2002-2005) and within FP6 contract no. COOP-CT-2004-508378 (2004-2006). Dr. Taca was also responsible for the work of METAV-CD. in the FP6 project DeSProCh.


Institute for Electrothermal Processes

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The Institute for Electrothermal Processes (ETP) belongs to the University of Hannover, one of the biggest German universities with about 30.000 students.

ETP has focused its research and development activities on projects in the field of industrial electrothermal process technologies. By numerous innovative developments and contributions to the technological progress, the institute has gained wide recognition within the international scientific community. Today, a substantial part of Germany's research and development activities in electrothermal technology is performed at the ETP. Electromagnetic processing of materials is the centre of the institute's activities, particularly descriptions, calculations and optimization of relevant non-linear electrothermal systems.

ETP performs many of its projects in close co-operation with industrial partners and other research institutes. The activities range from application-oriented research to industrial development projects, including examination in the field of efficient and environmental friendly use of energy within the industry. The institute has many long-standing relations to universities and research institutes across Europe. This facilitates interdisciplinary, national and international co-operation in research projects.

The director of the ETP is Professor Dr.-Ing. B. Nacke. The institute presently employs 14 researchers and 5 staff performing administrative and technical support tasks. The technical equipment includes experimental installations, laboratories, modern measurement systems and high performance computer systems. The institute has its own workshop. Most of the current research and development projects in the field of electrothermal process technology are focused on induction heating and melting. Professor Dr.-Ing. Egbert Baake, Academic Director at the Institute for Electrothermal Processes (ETP), is responsible for the continuation of the REForCh project at ETP. For many years Professor E. Baake has been gaining experience in the field of industrial induction heating technologies, in particular induction heating applications or forging processes. Furthermore, Professor E. Baake has been involved in numerous national and international research and development projects.




The company EMA-TEC GmbH was founded in 1998 by the engineers from company INDUCAL Göllingen which was the leading producer of induction heating systems in former East Germany. Located in Sondershausen, Germany, EMA-TEC has 15 employees.

EMA-TEC develops and produces complete induction heating installations (including generators, inductors, mechanical construction and handling systems) for a wide spectrum of heating, melting, annealing, welding, hardening and other industrial applications of induction technology. Companies coming from the forging, steel and glass industry, suppliers for automotive industry as well as research institutes are the main customers of EMA-TEC. Its activities also include service and modernization of existing installations. The company permanently increases its knowledge and spectrum of activities by participation in various national and international research projects.

As the managing director, Mr. Dietmar Köhler is the project responsible of behalf of EMA-TEC. He has many years of experience with design, construction and application of induction heating technology in several industrial sectors. He has managed numerous projects for forging industry (induction heaters for billets and bars).


IPH - Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gGmbH

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IPH - Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover gemeinnützige GmbH was founded in 1988 as a non-profit company. As a spin-off of the  Universität of Hannover, it is supported by the state government of Lower Saxony.

The IPH develops innovative and economically efficient solutions for problems in manufacturing industry and manufacturing science. One additional aim of the IPH is to assist SMEs in implementing and using advanced production technologies to improve their competitive position. Based in Hannover, Germany, IPH employs 35 project engineers working on R&D projects. By successfully completing more than 140 R&D projects within the last 25 years, IPH has accumulated vast experience in projects with industrial participation.

IPH participated in several EU projects in the CRAFT, Esprit, ESSI and COMETT programs. The development of new forging technologies is especially carried out in national R&D projects funded by the German Research Council (DFG). The institute is partitioned into three divisions, each with its own core competencies:

 –  Production technology: Development and design of manufacturing process chains and development of precision forging technologies
 –  Production management: Evaluation and design of business processes, production structures and plant layout, logistic systems in manufacturing, and procurement and quality management systems
 –  IT systems in production: Selection, realization and development of ERP or shop floor control systems, CAD/CAM/DNC systems and monitoring, and controlling or management information systems

This state-of-the-art knowledge of methods and technology is an important basis for qualified consulting and problem solving for industry. This work for industry ensures the practical relevance of research. Also, it gives significant input and ideas for initiating new research projects.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernd-Arno Behrens is responsible for project tasks conducted by IPH.