Magna International

Body Structures


Creating the Structural Backbone of the Vehicle

Underneath the exterior panels of every vehicle resides its structural backbone, including complex assemblies such as frame rails, floor pans, upper body pillars and body side structures. Through the innovative use of advanced high strength materials and manufacturing processes, Magna continues to develop body structure solutions that meet or exceed customer specifications for weight and crash performance. Most recently, Magna has pioneered the use of thin wall aluminum castings for body structure applications.

Energy Management Solutions
Magna delivers innovative energy management solutions with innovative manufacturing processes and extensive experience forming ultra-high strength materials. Along with bumpers and door intrusion beams, energy management has broaden the range of vehicle systems and components it affects, including body pillars, rockers and roof rails. Magna is proactively applying its materials and process experience in these key areas.
Hot Stamping

Magna has taken an industry lead in bringing the hot stamping forming process to body structure applications, especially in areas where vehicle crash performance must meet ever-increasing government standards. Hot stamping allows for the forming of complex part geometries, traditionally achieved only through the cold forming of mild steels. With hot stamping, the final part achieves ultra-high strength material properties. Applications of this process include body pillars, rockers, roof rails, bumpers and door intrusion beams.

Advanced High Strength Steels
Magna continues to be a market leader with innovative applications for advanced high strength materials. In order to provide both cost effective and weight conscious solutions to its customers, Magna is focusing on forming materials that can fully optimize vehicle performance without compromising quality, cost or weight.
Aluminum Casting
As the need for lightweight automotive designs grow, Magna has added aluminum casting to its portfolio of process solutions. We provide two variations of the casting process—high-pressure vacuum casting and traditional low-pressure casting—to achieve complex shapes for critical areas of body and chassis structures. By providing customers with innovative design options, Magna continues to lead in lightweight structures.
High Pressure Vacuum Casting

Many areas of the vehicle body require complex, multi-component welded assemblies. These areas can benefit from the use of Magna’s high pressure vacuum casting technology. Known as High-Q-Cast?, it combines leading product and process engineering with advanced alloy selection and manufacturing. The result is aluminum castings which significantly reduce the number of components in a vehicle. Magna’s innovative joining methods are then used to integrate these castings into the vehicle body.