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    Aerospace Drives Growth at Kaiser Aluminum

    Kaiser Aluminum Corp. reported that its full year 2019 results were driven by record aerospace shipments and strong value-added pricing. Aerospace demand at Kaiser was influenced by growing military airframe builds and restocking in the commercial aerospace supply chain. Value-added revenue for the full year 2019 increased 3% to $856 million (despite a 4% decrease in shipments), compared […]

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    January 2020

    Cover Steam rises from tanks where aluminum extrusions are being anodized at Pries Enterprises in Independence, IA. Pries recently finished a 50,000 sq ft expansion and installation of a state-of-the-art anodizing line. See story beginning on page 6. Articles Pries Installs One of the Most Advanced Anodizing Lines in the U.S. By Rose Eaton Page […]

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    December 2019

    Cover COVER: The 2020 Corvette C8 utilizes a new mid-engine design with an aluminum-intensive uni-frame in order to push the performance envelope. Engineers from the company discussed their decision making during the Lightweighting World Expo 2019. Learn more on page 22. (Photo: Chevrolet.) Articles A Simple Measurement System for Optimization of Auto Aluminum Body Sheet […]

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    PPG Selected for DOE Partnership to Develop Adhesives for Lightweight Vehicles

    Vehicle manufacturers are exploring the use of aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, carbon-fiber composites, and other lightweight materials to reduce vehicle mass and improve fuel economy. This approach requires new adhesive chemistries that will mitigate corrosion and thermal expansion issues associated with joining dissimilar materials. PPG was selected for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnership, […]

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    Automotive Technology Roadmap Presents a Mixed-Material Future

    The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) published Technology Roadmap: Materials and Manufacturing, which forecasts materials and manufacturing trends based on the CAR team’s internal research and a thorough analysis of available industry reports. The study conclusions were achieved with critical input from a group of subject matter experts. The Technology Roadmap notes that a number of […]

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    June 2019

    Cover A mosaic of interlocking extrusions made from beer coolers. Hydro Aluminium displayed this wall of extrusions, designed by the Hydro Profile Academy in the Netherlands, at its booth during ALUMINIUM 2016 in Düsseldorf. (Source: Hydro. Photo: Judith Buethe.) Articles Novelis Becomes Development Partner for Automotive Aluminum By Andrea Svendsen Page 6 Purchase Article Updated […]

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    Ísar is Iceland’s First Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle

    Jakar ehf, located in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, introduced Ísar — the country’s first aluminum-intensive vehicle. Mostly comprised of Icelandic-produced aluminum, the vehicle is a super jeep made for rugged terrain. It is 8.2 ft wide and 18.7 ft long and can seat up to 20 people. Weighing in at just under 3 tonnes, the vehicle is lightweight […]

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    Constellium Supplies Aluminum for BMW X4 and X5

    On February 5th, Constellium announced that it is supplying BMW with aluminum structural components for the new X model sports activity vehicles, X4 and X5.  The aluminum parts will be supplied from Constellium’s White, Georgia plant, which opened in 2017 to serve automakers in the Southeast U.S. Constellium has been a partner of BMW Group […]

  • Super-strong but lightweight, AA 7075 now could be more widely used in automobiles and other manufacturing thanks to UCLA research

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    Nanotechnology Enables Engineers to Weld 7075 Aluminum Alloy

    Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering developed a method for welding AA7075 alloy. Developed in the 1940s for the automotive industry, the alloy that is nearly as strong and one-third its weight, but traditionally has been almost impossible to weld together using the techniques commonly used by auto makers for the assembly of […]