Constellium and Novelis are launching Alumobility, a non-profit organization focused on providing innovative implementation-ready solutions to advance the adoption of aluminum automotive body sheet. Through collaborative technical projects and thought leadership, as well as working in partnership with global automotive manufacturers, Alumobility will help further develop smarter, lighter, safer, and more sustainable vehicles.
“Alumobility is a collaboration of organizations to enthusiastically innovate and demonstrate the advantages of aluminum auto body sheet in vehicle applications,” said Pierre Labat, resident of Alumobility and vice president, Global Automotive at Novelis. “Our global ecosystem approach is focused on action and leverages the best minds in our industry to support OEMs and deliver aluminum-enabled mobility.”
Automakers continue to rely on lightweight, high-strength, sustainable aluminum to shape the future of mobility. Alumobility will be a global ecosystem of leading aluminum producers and downstream technology partners, which will work together to drive value for automakers and consumers. It represents a commitment of collaboration to further advance the technical capabilities of automotive aluminum body sheet in order to compete with other materials in next-generation vehicle design. Areas of focus include lightweighting, safety and strength, performance, and sustainability.
To kick-off their efforts, Alumobility has already developed technical studies that address the next-generation aluminum door and an all-aluminum structural B-pillar. The resulting design solutions underscore that aluminum can effectively compete with other materials for mass production vehicles at an attractive cost to manufacturers.
“Aluminum offers the promise of a stronger, more collaborative, more sustainable mobility future,” said Jack Clark, vice president of Alumobility and Constellium’s senior vice president of Manufacturing and chief technical officer. “The technical work published by Alumobility will reinforce the vital role of lightweight, sustainable aluminum, particularly for electric vehicles, while increasing recycling and reducing carbon emissions throughout the lifecycle.”
Alumobility will include additional member companies with downstream expertise, such as joining, forming, and other specialized manufacturing processes that actively contribute to increasing the adoption of aluminum auto body sheet. Members will be required to contribute unique technical expertise and support Alumobility marketing initiatives. All resulting work will be available upon request. The independent member companies will not share commercial or production resources.
An executive director, who will be named in the coming weeks, will lead the organization, which is governed by a board of directors representing member companies.