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October 2020


Automakers are moving deeper into the development of electric vehicles. For example, for the first time ever Ford introduced a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion in order to demonstrate the capabilities of electric powertrains. This is one of several models the company has developed with electric and hybrid electric options. Electric vehicles are one of the driving factors of aluminum use in automotive. See article on page 6.


Aluminum Continues Unprecedented Growth in Automotive Applications
By Andrea Svendsen
Page 6

Focusing on the Total Carbon Footprint: Hydro Collaborates with Automakers to Meet Their Sustainability Goals
Page 12

Extrusion Industry News & Technology

AEC Launches Interactive Guide for Automotive Aluminum Extrusions
By Andrew Halonen
Page 18

Hydraulics Upgrade Provides Notable Benefits for Aluminum Extrusion Press
By Michael Kramer and Andrew Binversie
Page 22

Lake Park Celebrates 70 Years as a Key Tooling Supplier to the North American Extrusion Industry
Page 24

Leading Edge Aluminum Welding Technologies Essential to NASA’s Mission
By Jeff Ding, et al.
Page 26

Melt Loss Minimization and Dross Management
By John Grandfield and Ray Peterson
Page 30

New Process to Extract Scandium from By-Products
Page 42

Aluminum Challenging Plastics in Beverage Industry
By Goran Djukanovic
Page 46

The Non-Combustibility of Aluminum and Its Alloys
By Joseph C. Benedyk
Page 52

Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks Goes Beyond the Workplace
By Alex Lowery
Page 54

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