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    EDU ’18 – Expanding Aluminum Extrusion Knowledge

    By Jeff Henderson, AEC. The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) will host the first-ever Extrusion Design University (EDU ’18) event, May 14-16, 2018, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in Chicago, IL. This event is the natural evolution of the AEC’s industry promotion efforts, which started in 2011. Since then, over 14,000 architectural, engineering, designing, and specifying […]

  • Guthrie, Kentucky

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    Novelis to Build Greenfield Automotive Aluminum Sheet Plant in Kentucky

    Novelis Inc. plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky. The greenfield facility will include heat treatment and pre-treatment lines, which prepare aluminum for use in vehicle parts such as body-in-white, hoods, doors, lift gates, and fenders. The facility will have an annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 tonnes.  Demand for […]

  • Magnode Operations

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    Shape Corp. Acquires Aluminum Extruder Magnode

    Shape Corp. signed a purchase agreement to acquire Magnode, an Ohio-based aluminum extruder, with the aim of elevating its aluminum offerings by leveraging Magnode’s 70-plus years of aluminum extrusion expertise and their vertically integrated business model. The two companies have had a successful business relationship prior to the acquisition, in which they collaborated on engineering projects and […]

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    Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit Rebranded

    The 5th edition of the Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Detroit Summit has been rebranded as the Lightweight Materials and EV Body Structures Manufacturing Technologies Summit. The event will occur in Detroit, Michigan, on February 21-22, 2018. Automotive OEMs are currently utilizing mixed-material components for automotive manufacturing to optimize structural integrity and achieve weight reduction objectives. This […]

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    HRL Breakthrough Enables 3D Printing of High-Strength Aluminum

    HRL Laboratories, LLC, developed technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys — including Al7075 and Al6061 — which were previously not amenable to additive manufacturing. This opens the door to the additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys for aircraft and automobile parts. Nanoparticle Functionalization Additive manufacturing of metals typically begins with alloy powders that are […]

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    New Extrusion Process for Manufacturing Magnesium Car Parts

    Magnesium is 75% lighter than steel and 33% lighter than aluminum. As the lightest of all structural metals, magnesium has a lot of potential for lightweighting cars and trucks in the aim of improving fuel economy. However, auto makers have been challenged in their attempts to incorporate magnesium alloys into structural car parts. The Department […]

  • GALM

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    Automakers to Highlight Lightweighting Strategies at GALM Detroit

    The 6th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit Summit (GALM Detroit 2017) is the world’s leading automotive lightweight materials conference, focused on the North American automotive industry which is undergoing considerable changes at present. The review of CAFE standards, autonomous vehicle technologies development, push on powertain lightweighting, and considerable uptake in electric vehicles are among the key […]

  • Hydro inaugurates new automotive line

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    Hydro Starts Up Automotive Aluminum Sheet Line in Germany

    Hydro held an inauguration ceremony for its new automotive aluminum sheet line in Grevenbroich, Germany. The €130 million state-of-the-art facility is the biggest of a series of investments Hydro has made in Germany and Norway recently to meet the increasing demand from carmakers. The line increases Hydro’s annual production of car body sheet from 50,000 […]

  • A lightweight magnesium alloy electric bus

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    IMA Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence

    Members of the International Magnesium Association (IMA) honored their peers with a series of awards, which were handed out at the 2017 World Magnesium Conference held May 23-25 in Singapore. A host of industry leaders attended the three-day conference and were on hand to congratulate award recipients. Honors annually bestowed by the IMA include four […]