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122 INDUSTRY TODAY
ERIDIAN LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNOLOGIES
Inc. is the “Michelangelo” of magnesium. The
Canadian-headquartered company has placed
this naturally occurring and highly abundant ele-
ment upon its production palette.
Magnesium is the lightest of structural materials. Natural attrib-
utes make it attractive to certain manufacturers. But not just any-
one can harness the advantages. Application requires a certain
level of inherent f inesse. And Meridian Lightweight
Technologies, which is based in based in Strathroy, Ontario, is
truly gifted. In the realm of magnesium – or, more specifically,
magnesium die casting – the company has emerged as a “master.”
The easel placement is easy to understand: Magnesium is 75
percent lighter than steel and 33 percent lighter than aluminum.
Obviously, magnesium offers distinct advantages, and these are
readily applicable to the automotive industry, for instance. New
vehicle models require installation of lightweight components.
But don’t underestimate magnesium’s viability because of its
seemingly insubstantial weight. This Periodic Chart all-star is
quite resilient. It offers strength with a capital “S”.
That’s one reason why Meridian Lightweight Technologies
embraced this macro-mineral. The company, and its proffered
magnesium products and services, engenders components and
feature integration that combines with high dimensional stabil-
ity – particularly important in the automotive arena, where col-
lective benefits improve fit and finish.
This underlying element of success is like an artist’s oil dab or
watercolor block, in the sense that successful magnesium applica-
tion requires experience, a high degree of expertise, and an instinc-
tive grasp of its characteristics. The first two can be readily, if not
easily, taught; the third extends beyond the grasp of the less gifted.
MAGNESIUM MERCHANT
The masterful Meridian Lightweight Technologies is one of the
blessed. The company provides innovative magnesium die cast-
ing design solutions and manufacturing excellence that result in
weight-saving applications for its extensive client list. And be
sure, that list includes major automotive industry players (e.g.,
BMW, Borg Warner, Brose, Collins & Aikman, Copperweld,
DaimlerChrysler, Delphi, Draxlmaier, Fiat, Ford, General
Motors, Intier, Jaguar, Johnson Controls, Land Rover, Lear,
Magna Drivetrain, Opel, Paulstra, Shanghai General Motors,
Shanghai Volkswagen, Visteon and WK Industries).
These companies recognize a good thing when they see one:
PROFILE • MERIDIAN LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNOLOGIES
IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, MERIDIAN LIGHTWEIGHT
TECHNOLOGIES INC. RAISED MAGNESIUM DIE CASTING DESIGN
AND MANUFACTURING TO AN ART. IN THE PROCESS, THE COMPANY
PAINTED A SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BROAD BRUSHSTROKES OF AGGRESSIVE
AND PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS STRATEGY. LESS GIFTED COMPETITORS
CAN ONLY HOPE TO MATCH THE CANADIAN-BASED ENTERPRISE’S
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, OBSERVES DAN HARVEY.