Lighter. Stronger. SUSTAINABLE.

The original and most advanced aluminium hot forming technology for lightweighting

Unlock the full potential of ultra-high strength aluminium alloys with Hot Form Quench – a new genre of aluminium forming and an alternative to cold stamping, machining, extrusion and casting.

HFQ® is a revolutionary manufacturing process designed and developed by Impression Technologies Limited (ITL) building on many years of research at The University of Birmingham and Imperial College, London. ITL has exclusive rights to the HFQ Technology platform, covering many years’ worth of materials modelling, simulation algorithm formulation and manufacturing process development.

With proven process scalability supported by sophisticated design and simulation capabilities, the HFQ® Technology platform is now being used for production of high strength aluminium structures across the globe for automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.

Explore the wide array of technical, economic, sustainability and supply chain benefits that sets HFQ® apart as a global standard for OEMs and structure manufacturing tiers requiring lighter, cost-effective solutions.

Get in touch with us to speak to our world experts in aluminium hot forming who can guide you on alloy selection, design and manufacture of hot stamped aluminium parts for critical lightweighting applications.

The HFQ® aluminium hot stamping process for aluminium alloys has some similarities to press hardening for steels. A designed blank is fed into the hot stamping line and undergoes four stages of transformation: solutionisingblank transferforming and quenching, and finally artificial aging.

If your company has a strategic interest in being a leading provider of innovative lightweight structures to automotive, aerospace or consumer products, or associated enabling equipment and technical services, it may be worthwhile joining our collaborative HFQ® Partner Network.

Explore our curated selection of technical resources to further your understanding of how hot form quenched technology can deliver lightweight strength for your next product innovation.

Thought Leadership

This series of videos showcases our Thought Leaders, who share their knowledge of lightweighting technology and how HFQ® can offer technical, sustainability and economic benefits to users of aluminium structures and the wider lightweighting ecosystem.

Hot Form Quench Enables Complex, Lightweight Structures in High Strength Aluminium

This paper explores the unparalleled capabilities of the HFQ® process in unlocking the full potential of high-strength aluminium, thereby ushering in a new era of advanced engineering, innovative design, and sustainable manufacturing.

Process optimisation and robustness analysis for HFQ® process

In this paper, the process parameters of the HFQ® process are closely analysed using AutoForm-Sigma solver.

Microstructure and properties of aluminium alloy 6082 formed by the Hot Form Quench process

During a process development trial, two identical structural automotive parts were formed from a rolled sheet of commercial 6082 Al alloy by Hot Form Quench (HFQ®).

Influencing parameters on the onset of galling during hot forming of aluminium

With HFQ® Technology paving the way for the lightweighting of aluminium, this paper explores what happens regarding influencing the parameters of galling during the HFQ® process.

Advances in FEM Simulation of HFQ® AA6082 tailor welded blanks for automotive applications​

This paper delves into advances in FEM simulations specific to HFQ® AA6082 tailor welded blanks (TWBs) for automotive applications, shedding light on their growing importance in the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable vehicles.