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SMW is a Latvian joint stock company possessing unique expertise in production of large-size components in light alloys.

SMW fields:

Wheels

Engineering

Aerospace

Expansion

SMW begins series production of 3D-printed components for its automotive OEM customers.

January, 2021

SMW receives ERAF R&D funding for development of new-generation innovative Mg coating.

June, 2020

SMW acquires new production facility in Mezgarciems, Latvia.

October, 2019

SMW receives funding from the Ministry of Defence of Latvia for continued EMblock development.

2019

SMW affiliate receives Horizion2020 R&D support/funding for LightMe Project.

2019

SMW begins to develop proprietary 3D-printing equipment and starts to produce prototypes of AM components for its customers in aerospace sector.

2018

SMW moves the group headquarters to Latvia.

2018

SMW receives “Thank you” letters from Tesla Inc for the “great work” on the wheels for the Roadster (one prototype vehicle was launched into space to orbit the sun).

2017

SMW expands its operations to series-production of forged aluminium and magnesium wheels under its own brand (for end-use customers).

2017

SMW starts the development of proprietary wire-cladding equipment.

2016

SMW begins developing electromagnetic shielding and absorption material (Emblock).

2015

SMW receives ERA.NET funding for development of innovative AlMgSc metal fiber laminate (sheet) for aviation (AeroFML Project).

2014

SMW begins developing innovative coating (surface treatment) solutions for magnesium alloys.

2014

SMW receives EU Framework R&D funding as part of Powderbond Project – to develop bonding of incompatible materials by way of chemical process.

2013

SMW begins to produce F1 wheel forgings.

2012

SMW begins to produce thin magnesium sheet (from 0.5 mm) in width of 1000 mm for space applications, among others.

2011

SMW expands its forging operations to production of titanium-based semi-finished parts.

2010

SMW-forged wheels get selected (for many years to come) by the champion Yamaha MotoGP Team (the line-up includes Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo).

2009

SMW begins to produce various extruded parts in magnesium-based alloys.

2008

SMW develops stronger aluminium-based alloy based on 6151 alloy, possessing superior characteristics without higher cost-basis.

2007

SMW receives EU Framework R&D funding for Magforming Project – to develop/ produce Mg window frame for Airbus 340 aircraft.

2006

SMW receives R&D grant under the EU Framework program – for Aeromag Project (aerospace applications for wrought magnesium).

2005

SMW Engineering becomes a separate unit, dedicated to developing advanced technologies in forging for supply of high value-added parts to leading companies, such as Brembo, BBS, etc.

2004

SMW expands its forging operations to mass-production of 2003 aluminium-based forgings, primarily wheels.

2003

SMW produces magnesium wheels prototypes for Ford Motor Company.

2002

SMW produces forgings in ZK60 alloy for Marchesini Racing in Italy.

2001

SMW produces cast Mg wheels for RS Watanabe using its own proprietary alloy developed by Solikamsk Magnesium Works in Russia.

1999