On Friday Maserati signed a master agreement providing access to technologies from Airbus Group Innovations, the R&D hub of the Airbus Group.
Maserati, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), said this agreement enables the company to make in-depth reviews of Airbus Group Innovations’ broad portfolio that covers manufacturing processes, production methods, metallurgy and composites expertise, systems integration and other know-how.
In short, we may soon see incorporated in these Italian vehicles, amongst others, some weight saving manufacturing techniques used on airplanes.
“By evaluating this broad spectrum of technologies, Maserati can benefit from Airbus Group capabilities exploited in several applications, such as airliners, helicopters and fast jets to spacecraft that are exploring the universe,” said Harald Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Maserati, and Chief Technology Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
It is not clear yet if this agreement will spill over to other brands manufactured by FCA or if this will remain the exclusivity of Maserati.
“We developed the Technology Transfer Framework with industry leaders such as Maserati in mind, and it is being selectively offered to a limited number of potential partners,” said Wulf Hoeflich, the Head of Airbus Group Technology Licensing. “Maserati is perfect for an agreement of this type, as the company is a benchmark in high-end automobiles, while having production volume that is flexible enough to implement new technologies.”
With the Technology Transfer Framework arrangement, Maserati is said by Airbus to have access to technologies across a wide range of Airbus Group Innovations’ technical areas during a multi-year period, allowing the company to identify technologies that could be “game changers” when utilized under license and applied to its automobile product line.