In the era of EVs and intelligent connected mobility, automotive lighting sets cars apart in class among other things. Traditionally a car’s lighting was about road safety, illumination and indicators. But very soon it turned to be a distinguishing design and styling element. The introduction of LEDs and advancement of electronics in the automotive industry triggered a fundamental transformation in vehicle lighting. Today automotive lighting systems not only are the eyes but, are the soul of car design.
Automotive lighting started to seriously evolve in the 1910s. Fun fact: Silent film actress and also the first Hollywood film star, Florence Lawerence, is credited with designing the first “auto signalling arm” which was a predecessor to the modern turn signal. Tail lamps and brake lamps were introduced around 1915, and by 1919 “dip” headlamps were available.
Incandescent light bulbs continuously evolved and remained as the light source for more than half a century until early 1990s. At this time, red LEDs (light-emitting diodes) were introduced for CHMSLs. Moving on to the 21st century, in 2014 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” And today some cars feature cool laser beams. As automotive lighting has evolved over the decades, so has the mould making.
Mould Making for Automotive Lighting
In today´s automotive lighting industry electronics and multi-component compact design has become mainstream. But in the mould making industry for lighting parts, mechanical engineering remains at the core. As the industry continues to demand more from lighting parts, we continue to create more complex mechanisms to bring the desired forms and functions to reality. High performance moulds for lighting applications are developed through our advanced mould design and engineering solutions, high precision machining, design and implementation of extremely efficient cooling systems, and highly skilled mould assembly and tuning experts.
To take it to the next level, our industrial complex has its own in-house testing and validation centre that has the capacity to test large range of injection moulds. Being able to replicate the mass-production conditions gives genuine results for quality control and allows for quick turn-around for any adjustments in the mould.
We are proud to be able to have a part in this ever-demanding market and be the preferred supplier for highly complex moulds for front and rear lighting applications, complex interior parts for lighting systems, 2K and 3K components, high precision optical surfaces and light guides.