• Jaguar I-Pace outside charging - electric vehicles drive aluminum demand

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    Aluminum Continues Unprecedented Growth in Automotive Applications

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Demand for aluminum in the automotive industry is continuing its growth trajectory, according to a new report from DuckerFrontier, 2020 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content and Outlook. The report notes that aluminum content is expected to grow to 514 lbs per vehicle by 2026, up by 12% from 2020 […]

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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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    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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    The Future is Electric

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Conventional combustion engine vehicles may be phased out over the next two decades. The U.K., France, and Norway announced that they will ban the sale of fossil-fuel cars in the coming decades, along with China, which is also planning to stop the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles (although no timeline has […]

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    Novelis Achieves Key Sustainability Goals Ahead of Target

    Novelis Inc. increased the use of high-recycled aluminum content inputs in FY17 from 53% to 55% year-over-year – two years ahead of target – one of its key sustainability targets. Novelis detailed its continued progress toward its sustainability commitments and goals in a new sustainability report for 2017. The sustainable gains achieved by the company […]

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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 […]

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    Ford Launches New Aluminum-Bodied Expedition

    Ford Motor Company just unveiled its new 2018 Expedition, a full-size family SUV that saw a 44% rise in U.S. sales in 2016. This is the first update and retooling of the Expedition since it was introduced 20 years ago and, for its revamp, the model follows the lightweighting lead of the F-150 with the […]