With the world facing the climate crisis, many countries have set deadlines to phase out gasoline vehicles to reach carbon emissions targets. Electric vehicle manufacturing is becoming the next key industrial battleground. With its cluster of leading machine tool makers, what innovations does Taiwan have to meet the challenge?
Taiwan Takisawa General Manager: In the post-pandemic world, multitasking machines will be the trend.
Taiwan Takisawa General Manager Winston Tai said, “Facing the global electric vehicle demand, Taiwan Takisawa has stepped up investment in smart production line research and development. We continue to provide customers with complete automated production lines that can carry out detection, correction and advance warning by themselves. These help traditional automotive machining companies to start producing key electric vehicle components and get into the supply chain.” Tai continued, “With labor shortages in a post-pandemic, low-birthrate age, the demand for traditional single-function machines is bound to decrease, so Taiwan Takisawa decided to step up development of multitasking machines with multiple functions.”
Investing hundreds of millions into research and development, and using its core advantage of making things itself, Taiwan Takisawa has introduced a variety of five-axis, double-spindle and double-turret, vertical turning and milling machine tools and high-precision lathes, meeting the demand for multitasking machines and overcoming the most complicated and time-consuming schedules with the most diverse processes to ensure product quality and reliability of delivery. In addition, with electric vehicles (new energy vehicles) driving strong demand for lithium-ion batteries, there is increased demand for copper foil for these batteries. Taiwan Takisawa in recent years has stepped up development of new PCB drills and PCB forming machines to increase manufacturing efficiency for customers that make copper foil.
Seyi Deputy General Manager: SEYI’s servo presses meet the demand for lightweight electric vehicle bodies, in one place
SEYI’s servo press equipment has the world’s best technology and is used by leading electric vehicle manufacturers. In the changeover from automobiles to electric vehicles, it might seem like the car body is an area that doesn’t need to change too much. In fact, to meet the demands for lightweight electric vehicle bodies, suppliers are having to explore the use of new materials.
SEYI Vice President Steven Lee: To make electric vehicles as light as possible, manufacturers often use very light aluminum alloy or different alloy materials, and the curves and forming methods are different for each material. For this shift from gasoline cars to electric vehicles, the servo presses developed by SEYI can have variable speeds, integrate production information and control, connect to the Internet of Things for real-time computing feedback and are equipped with unique motor torque, making SEYI's products very suited to forming high-strength composite materials in one go.
SOCO Machinery General Manager: 3D fiber laser tube cutting machine cuts the disadvantages of traditional steel pipe machining
SOCO Machinery is number one in Asia in pipe machining, and one of the world’s top three. Their products are used by NASA and for various kinds of aircraft, as well as exhaust pipes for supercars. Facing the switch from gasoline cars to electric vehicles with a completely different design logic, SOCO doesn’t plan to sit and wait.
SOCO Machinery General Manager Kyle Lo said, “For the lightweight and high-strength steel pipes required for electric vehicles, SOCO has developed high-thrust smart pipe bending machines. The machines have automated connection technology, can calculate accuracy errors and compensate, can do AI simulations of the best production method, can operate unmanned, and even have transnational remote monitoring and technical support. In addition, when traditional circular saw machines and presses cannot meet mass demand for tube cutting, SOCO is the world’s first manufacturer in the area of 3D fiberoptic laser tube cutting machines. You don’t need a mold, just input the parameters to instantly start automated production. High-power laser technology is fast and flexible. It doesn’t need intensive manpower and years of experience to operate: computing followed by automatic machining easily replaces traditional equipment and overturns the former disadvantages of the pipe machining industry.”
The next 10 years are predicted to see a once-in-a-century change in the automotive industry. Global electric vehicle sales in the next 10 years will increase tenfold. Market penetration is estimated to rise to 12% in 2025, and to 31% by 2030. In the race for electric vehicles, Taiwan’s machine tool makers are already fully prepared and ready to go, leading the industry into the future.
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