Photo credit: Saertex, Pontis Engineering
Saertex (Saerbeck, Germany) and Pontis Engineering (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) have agreed on a new close cooperation focusing on the field of “last mile delivery”, which offers electric and hydrogen commercial vehicles a more sustainable mobility solution for the transport of people and goods. merchandise. In particular, the partnership aims to help customers define the best possible composite design and manufacture with the best material available. Pontis’ expertise in engineered engineering solutions combined with Saertex’s bespoke reinforcement materials will enable partners of both companies to offer their OEM customers a more complete package with a higher value proposition.
The “Last-Mile Delivery” sector in particular is at the center of the collaboration. Electric or hydrogen commercial vehicles are a convenient and clean transport solution for transporting people and goods quickly and inexpensively and are particularly important for mobility in metropolitan areas and city centers, the central area of the “last kilometer “. Lightweight designs using glass, carbon or natural fiber composites play a key role here, Saertex notes, to achieve greater range optimization (for battery-powered vehicles).
“To shape the mobility of the future, OEMs need lightweight structures at an affordable cost. Composite materials can meet these needs. However, to realize the full potential, materials, vehicle design and parts production must be combined,” says Steven Bakker, Commercial Director at Saertex. “That is why we are convinced that the combination of the design and prototyping expertise of Pontis and the reinforcement expertise and production capacity of Saertex will bring crucial added value to all customers who produce parts. composites. The collaboration between these three parties will strengthen the position of our customers when working with an end manufacturer in the last mile delivery sector.
Pontis specializes in engineered solutions for the development of composite products, with an emphasis on innovation, cost effectiveness and quality. This includes a wide range of services covering the entire process, from design to series production and transport.
“Pontis is actively seeking strategic collaborations with renowned partners to provide even better responses to the challenges of sustainable development. By leveraging our joint knowledge of engineering and materials, we are able to deliver optimal solutions in terms of design, weight, durability, manufacturability and cost,” confirms Sjef van Breugel, CEO of Pontis Engineering. “The growing commercial vehicle market [e.g., busses, shuttle buses, last-mile delivery vehicles and special purpose vehicles] has defined new requirements and new challenges for the composites sector. Sustainability requirements and declining volumes require a different approach to be commercially viable.