As society progresses to value the reduction of environmental impact regarding heavy transportation, we will begin to see manufacturing technology adapt to sustainable measures. HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) are a significant contributor to domestic transport emissions, specifically, they “are responsible for almost a fifth (19%) of domestic transport emissions in the UK and over a quarter across Europe” (The Manufacturer, 2023). HGV semi trailers using origami-inspired manufacturing technology are one of the significant movements to reduce the environmental impact of heavy transportation globally. Sustainable manufacturing technology startup, STILRIDE, has begun to produce electric motorbikes that reduce the environmental impact of EV production by as much as 50%. STILRIDE’s manufacturing technology is called STILFOLD. The firm estimates that “…if used to build semi-trailers, STILFOLD could remove the need for approximately 360,000 HGV journeys to be made a year and prevent up to 12,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, by increasing HGVs’ load capacity by 5% and making semi-trailers more efficient” (The Manufacturer, 2023). In order to meet these estimates, the article describes a methodology that follows the guidelines of design, performance, and impact. Ultimately, we are inevitably approaching a movement towards environmental sustainability, and manufacturing will play a significant role in the success of this effort.

https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/industrial-origami-manufacturing-technology-could-make-heavy-transportation-greener/