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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 […]

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    Etem Bulgaria to Invest in New Aluminum Extrusion Equipment for Automotive

    Etem Bulgaria, the extrusion branch of the aluminum segment of Viohalco SA, plans to spin off its aluminum extrusion and downstream processing capabilities for automotive into two separate joint venture subsidiaries. The decision is part of an investment agreement that Etem has entered into with Gestamp, a leading global group headquartered in Madrid, Spain, which specializes […]

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    Japanese Automotive Aluminum Patents

    JP2018-127720 — AUTOMOBILE ELECTRIC WIRE WITH TERMINAL AND WIRE HARNESS — Auto Network Gijutsu Kenkyusho:Kk, Sumitomo Wiring Systems Ltd., and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. (Japan) — PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an aluminum alloy strand, an aluminum alloy twisted wire, an automobile electric wire and a wire harness, capable of enhancing terminal fastening force. […]

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    Aluminum in Automotive Applications

    US10086677 — VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE, ELECTRIC COMPRESSOR, AND VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING METHOD — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Automotive Thermal Systems Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (Japan) — The present invention relates to a vehicle air conditioning device, an electric compressor, and a method of air conditioning a vehicle, in particular an […]