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Schmiederad GmbH

How it all began

Due to our presence at the Essen Motor Show 2011, where thanks to Hankook we got the opportunity to present our vehicles to the public and, because we had made a name for ourselves as a supplier of top quality performance parts, we were contacted by the company GEWE/Zerra.

A partner was sought who had the technical capabilities to manufacture forged wheels. We enthusiastically took up this challenge and, with targeted investments in know-how and technology, created the conditions to expand our business field with TIKT Schmiederad GmbH.

Due to its size and flexibility, our company is ideally equipped to fill niches such as the production of forged wheels.

Why Schmiederad?

For the same size, a forged wheel has greater stability than a conventional light alloy wheel made of cast aluminum - while at the same time weighing less. This is made possible on the one hand by the exclusive use of materials of the highest quality and on the other hand by the special manufacturing steps.

The production of a forged wheel is much more complex and can only be done by specialized companies. With our know-how we are able to produce extremely light, beautiful and specially designed wheels according to the requirements for sporting use.

Our forged wheels don't just look fast when stationary - thanks to their low weight and optimized brake ventilation, they also cut a fine figure on the track. The minimization of rotating and unsprung masses has a direct effect on drivability and lap times.





Forged wheel vs alloy wheels

The reason for the differences in the properties of aluminum rims and forged wheels lies in the different manufacturing process. Whereas for aluminum rims the liquid aluminum is poured into molds and simply hardens in them, the metal for forged wheels is cast into blanks, which are then compacted in a not yet hardened state in powerful presses. Although there is talk of "forging," there is of course no one standing by with a hammer and anvil for this metalworking, as is familiar from the traditional manual forging of yore.

The production

We purchase forged blanks from a large manufacturer who specialize in manufacturing and are certified for their excellent work. We then machine the purchased blanks in a first step on the lathe. The (future) forged wheels now still have oversize in the drilling-milling machine, the cake-like parts are removed, so that the typical star shape or the desired design is created. On the milling machine, the shapes are worked out before the forged wheels are again brought to the necessary dimensions on the lathe. Of the approximately 40 to 45 kilograms that a blank weighs, about 9 kilograms remain in the weight of a forged wheel.

The final touch

The finished milled forged wheels now have to be reworked and tested one last time. After production, the rims are powder-coated. In each case, the first copy of a new model is taken to the TÜV to be tested and approved according to strict regulations. Once the forged wheels have been approved, they can then be sold to the end customer for installation in the vehicles.