Hutchinson, a specialist in vibration control, fluid management and sealing technologies, has joined forces with va-Q-tec, a manufacturer of highly efficient vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). The aim of this skills and technology partnership is primarily to develop scalable insulation solutions designed to improve the thermal management of eMobility vehicles, but the partners are also aiming for improvements in aircraft cabin insulation.
As part of the cooperation, Hutchinson’s solutions will be incorporated or combined with va-Q-tec’s VIPs (vacuum insulation panels) in various research and development projects to produce battery insulation for the automotive sector, and cabin insulation for the aircraft industry. The projects are intended to deliver optimal insulation properties while meeting all necessary fire protection requirements.
va-Q-tec claims that the performance of its VIPs is 10-times better than conventional insulation products and fire protection sealing and fluid management products. The VIP system allows for extra battery range, increases safety and opens up extra space in the cabin, according to the company.
Dr. Joachim Kuhn, CEO and founder ofva-Q-tec, sees great commercial potential in the partnership. “As a very important supplier to the automotive and aerospace industries, 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.”
Jacques Maigné, Hutchinson CEO added, “This partnership is a great opportunity for both companies to develop even further their expertise and to share knowledge about technologies and markets. Thermal management… is a strategic topic for future mobility, Hutchinson’s teams have been working on this for several years now to meet vehicle electrification challenges. I am confident that the collaboration between va-Q-tec and Hutchinson will bring efficient solutions for automotive and aerospace challenges.”