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SMW is a Latvian joint stock company possessing unique expertise in production of large-size components in light alloys.
March, 2021 – SMW begins series production of new-generation rotors, such as bobbin-holders for fiberglass (glass fibre) yarn/thread production, operating at > 4500 rpm.
SMW begins series production of 3D-printed components for its automotive OEM customers.
SMW receives ERAF R&D funding for development of new-generation innovative Mg coating.
SMW starts series production of Al-Mg-Sc (Almascan) wire and powder and continues development of new superior compositions.
SMW acquires new production facility in Mezgarciems, Latvia.
SMW affiliate receives Horizion2020 R&D support/funding for LightMe Project.
SMW begins to develop proprietary 3D-printing equipment and starts to produce prototypes of AM components for its customers in aerospace sector.
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).
SMW expands its operations to series-production of forged aluminium and magnesium wheels under its own brand (for end-use customers).
SMW starts the development of proprietary wire-cladding equipment.
SMW develops its highly advanced patented Al-Mg-Sc alloy system (Almascan), possessing superior characteristics as compared to existing analogous materials.
SMW begins developing electromagnetic shielding and absorption material (Emblock).
SMW receives ERA.NET funding for development of innovative AlMgSc metal fiber laminate (sheet) for aviation (AeroFML Project).
SMW begins developing innovative coating (surface treatment) solutions for magnesium alloys.
SMW receives EU Framework R&D funding as part of Powderbond Project – to develop bonding of incompatible materials by way of chemical process.
SMW begins to produce thin magnesium sheet (from 0.5 mm) in width of 1000 mm for space applications, among others.
SMW expands its forging operations to production of titanium-based semi-finished parts.
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).
SMW begins to produce various extruded parts in magnesium-based alloys.
SMW develops stronger aluminium-based alloy based on 6151 alloy, possessing superior characteristics without higher cost-basis.
SMW receives EU Framework R&D funding for Magforming Project – to develop/ produce Mg window frame for Airbus 340 aircraft.
SMW receives R&D grant under the EU Framework program – for Aeromag Project (aerospace applications for wrought magnesium).
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.
SMW expands its forging operations to mass-production of 2003 aluminium-based forgings, primarily wheels.
SMW produces forgings in ZK60 alloy for Marchesini Racing in Italy.
SMW produces cast Mg wheels for RS Watanabe using its own proprietary alloy developed by Solikamsk Magnesium Works in Russia.