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    Ford Celebrates Production Start of New F-150s, Breaking Ground on Historic All Electric Plant

    On September 17th, Ford celebrated the production start of its all new aluminum-bodied F-150 trucks at its Ford Rouge Center manufacturing plant in Dearborn, MI. The new F-150 lineup includes multiple powertrain options, including the first ever PowerBoost hybrid and an all electric motor. In addition, the company also confirmed construction of the new Rouge Electric […]

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    2021 Ford F-150 Sticks with All-Aluminum Body

    The 2021 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was unveiled in June, and the new model is headed to showrooms this fall. Ford stuck with the all-aluminum body for the 2021 model, which rides on a steel frame. According to Ford, despite looking similar to current models, every exterior aluminum body panel on the F-150 is newly […]

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    Aluminum F-150 Found to Be Less Costly to Repair Than Steel

    Automotive News reported that repairs of the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 were comparable to and in some cases less than those for steel-bodied trucks. The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that collision claim severity for aluminum F-150s was roughly 7% lower than its steel predecessor — in […]

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    Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum to Build 30,000 F-150 Bodies Every Month

    The new F-150 is the greenest F-150 thanks to advanced materials like high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy and EcoBoost® engine technology. Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month, using the closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant where the F-150 is built. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 […]

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    August 2015 Issue Published – Worldwide Recycling and Remelt in Review

    The August 2015 issue of Light Metal Age has launched! The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week. On the cover: View inside Air Products’ Combustion Lab test furnace during adjustable heat release oxyfuel burner firing. Oxyfuel burner modeling at various set points helped determine the […]

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    Torture Testing the F-150

    Ford has performed extreme testing on the new aluminum bodied F-150 trucks to ensure the durability of the trucks over long term, rugged use. These tests range from acid baths to slamming its doors and tailgates to towing trailers over mountain passes. “We wanted to build the toughest, most capable F-150, while making it as […]

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    Auto News: Living in a Mixed-Material World

    “Steel Industry Feeling Stress as Automakers Turn to Aluminum” A recent New York Times article, “Steel Industry Feeling Stress as Automakers Turn to Aluminum,” looks at the impact of aluminum’s growth in the automotive on the steel industry. Carmakers’ shift to aluminum has raised apprehension among steel makers, which have been fighting an increasingly uphill battle […]

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    Reinventing Tough: New Ford F-150 Features an All-Aluminum Body

    Part of the Ford Motors F-Series truck lineup, the F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. These “Built Ford Tough” trucks are known for being big and rugged machines. The all-new F-150, featuring an all-aluminum body coupled with the high-strength steel frame, proves that “tough” […]