Heron & AKH Announce Joint R&D Center for Advanced Metal Joining Technologies in the U.S.

Heron and AKH are thrilled to announce a strategic partnership to establish a state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) center focused on advanced metal joining technologies. This new facility will spearhead innovation in sustainable metal joining processes, including capacitor discharge welding, aluminium welding, V-Loc clinching and flush self pierce riveting (FSPR), among others.

A New Era of Innovation in Metal Joining

The joint R&D center will combine the extensive expertise and resources of Heron, a leader in resistance welding and clinching equipment, with AKH’s cutting-edge riveting technology and engineering solutions. This collaboration aims to push the boundaries of what is possible in metal joining, driving advancements that will benefit a wide range of industries, including automotive, and aerospace, among others.

Strategic Location and State-of-the-Art Facilities

The new center will be strategically located in Indiana, a hub for industrial innovation and talent. The facility will feature advanced laboratories, prototyping equipment, and testing capabilities to support a comprehensive R&D program. It will also house collaborative spaces designed to foster teamwork and creativity among researchers, engineers, and industry partners.

Commitment to Excellence and Sustainability

Heron and AKH are committed to developing technologies that not only enhance performance and reliability but also promote sustainability. The R&D center will prioritize projects aimed at reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, and utilizing environmentally friendly materials and processes.

Statements from Leadership

“We are excited to establish our first global R&D center in Indiana, to become a leading center for metal joining technologies,” said Rene Zou, Head of International Business Development & ESG, Heron Intelligent Equipment. “This collaboration reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence, and we believe it will deliver significant benefits to our customers and the broader industry.”

“AKH is proud to join forces with Heron on this groundbreaking initiative,” said the President of AKH Industries. “Together, we will explore new frontiers in metal joining technology, driving progress and sustainability in manufacturing.”

Future Prospects

The joint R&D center represents a long-term investment in the future of manufacturing. By leveraging the strengths of both companies, the center aims to accelerate the development of advanced metal joining solutions that meet the evolving needs of modern industry.

About Heron Intelligent Equipment Co. Ltd

Heron Intelligent Equipment Co. Ltd. is a high-tech metal connection equipment manufacturer that specialises in the R&D and manufacturing of resistance welding, clinching and riveting technology. Established in 1991, Heron has developed advanced welders and automated production lines for customers in the automotive parts & components, compressor, low-voltage electronics, home appliances, industrial manufacturing, among other industries. In 2023, Heron had more than 400 skilled employees and a factory of 54,000 square meters.

AKH-Heron Technologies is the Heron Group’s provider of market-leading self-piercing riveting solutions. The company serves customers in industries including automotive, appliances, trucking and industrial manufacturing. The company was founded in 1981, is currently based in Danville, Indiana, and has sold to over 500 customers spanning North America. Principal product development and customers are located in the U.S.

For further information please contact:

Rene Zou, Head of International Business Development & ESG, Heron Intelligent Equipment,

Tel: +44 07377104888

Email: renez@heronwelder.com

Website: https://www.heron-welder.com/

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Company Name: Heron Intelligent Equipment Co. Ltd,
Contact Person: Rene Zou, Head of International Business Development & ESG
Email: Send Email
Phone: +44 07377104888
Country: United States
Website: https://www.heron-welder.com/

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