Automotive Stamping

Automotive stamping refers to making use of the deep drawn stamping process to manufacture stamped metal parts for the automotive industry. It is an industrial process (meta stamping) applied to a specific industry (automotive). Automotive stamping is a term frequently used because the automotive industry is one of the largest markets for deep drawn metal parts.

Automotive Stamping Manufacturers

  • Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company: is a deep drawn metal stampings company with global production facilities and over forty years of experience in metal stamping. Trans-Matic is a leader manufacturer of automotive stampings with expertise in the automotive stamping field, including manufacturing deep drawn metal stampings in stainless and low carbon steel as well as many other metals.

Automotive Industry and Metal Stampings

The automotive industry is one of the leading applications of metal stamped parts. Metal stampings are used throughout dozens of systems and parts in the typical vehicle, and in everything from trucks to tractors to standard cars to hybrid and electric cars. The typical road vehicle can contain hundreds of metal stampings.

Metal stampings are often preferred in automotive parts due to the low cost of production in very large quantities, and the additional strength that the metal stamping process gives parts when compared to other machining or cast processes. Metal stamped parts are work hardened and often created with fewer difference components, requiring less assembly and offering fewer areas for mistakes that could lead to part failure.

The automotive industry uses metal stamping in the following systems:

  • Lighting
  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Emissions
  • Motor
  • Sensors
  • Emissions
  • Transmission

Within each of these automotive systems, there can be many different components that make use of metal stampings. And for each component different manufacturers will have slight variations in the stamped parts that are used, creating thousands and hundreds of thousands of different metal stampings used throughout the automotive industry.

Further cost efficiencies can be gained in automotive stampings when parts are standardized across multiple makes and models. Since metal stampings are very costly to set up, they become cost effective only in large quantities. The more makes and models of a car that the same metal stampings can be used in, the less costly the stamping is on a per part basis. This efficiency comes up against certain resistances within the automotive industry due to the desire to have OEM parts that must be ordered from the manufacturer, and are more difficult for aftermarket suppliers to create, and that cannot use similar metal stampings created by other automotive manufacturers. Thus the more standardized an automotive part is the less the part costs on a per part basis, but the more likely it is to be sold for less in the aftermarket.


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