Auto Aluminum Statement on EPA Emissions Announcement

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ARLINGTON, VA., April 2, 2018 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its final determination finding current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles model years 2022-2025 are not appropriate. In response, the Aluminum Association today issued the following statement:

“The U.S. aluminum industry supports nearly 713,000 jobs and $186 billion in direct and indirect economic output and we look forward to continuing working with the Administration and other stakeholders to ensure final emissions and fuel economy standards are premised on facts, data and on-the-road examples. Vehicles made lighter through greater aluminum use offer consumers better performance, affordable choices, higher fuel economy, lower emissions and improved safety. The Aluminum Association, whose member companies invested more than $2.6 billion in auto-focused manufacturing jobs since 2013, strongly supports regulatory certainty to 2025 through one national program,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.

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 About the Aluminum Association

Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Alcan, Sapa Group and Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org, and follow us on Twitter.

 

Vehicles Designed with More Aluminum Win at 2018 North American International Auto Show

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  • Lincoln’s all aluminum-bodied 2018 Navigator wins North American Truck of the Year
  • Honda’s 2018 Accord with aluminum chassis wins North American Car of Year
  • Aluminum a key feature in finalists for all award categories

DETROIT, January 16, 2018 – The aluminum-intensive 2018 Lincoln Navigator was named Truck of the Year and the 2018 Honda Accord was named Car of the Year in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards, announced Monday, Jan. 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This is the second consecutive year an aluminum-intensive vehicle has won a NACTOY award, a testament to the growing consensus that aluminum builds better cars and trucks, delivering on consumer preference for exceptional performance, safety ratings, fuel efficiency, durability, towing capability and sustainability. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named North American Car Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2017.

Lincoln redesigned the 2018 Navigator with an all-aluminum body that helps the vehicle shed nearly 200 pounds of weight. This class-leading vehicle has an 8,700-pound towing capacity and EPA-estimated 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.

The 2018 Honda Accord features a new aluminum-intensive chassis, control arms and subframe. The use of aluminum helps downweight the vehicle by 110 to 176 pounds overall, depending on the trim.

For more than 24 years, the NACTOY Awards has recognized the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. The awards are both highly competitive and diversified, with a jury of independent automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, rather than a single publication or news station.

Lincoln’s 2018 Navigator and Honda’s 2018 Accord are just two of the many aluminum-intensive vehicles nominated for a NACTOY award at 2018 NAIAS

Other finalists include:

2018 Ford Expedition (NACTOY Truck of the Year finalist)

  • The first vehicle redesign in 20 years helps generate more power than its predecessor with a 9,300-pound towing capacity.
  • The new aluminum body drops 300 pounds and achieves the best fuel economy in its class with an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio (NACTOY Utility of the Year finalist)

  • The Stelvio is significantly lighter than its competition, with an aluminum-intensive architecture.

 2018 Honda Odyssey (NACTOY Utility of the Year finalist)

  • This multi-material vehicle shed 96 pounds through a combination of materials including aluminum.

 2018 Toyota Camry (NACTOY Car of the Year finalist)

  • This vehicle’s aluminum hood helped to reduce the overall weight.

 2018 Kia Niro (NACTOY Utility of the Year semi-finalist)

  • The Niro’s aluminum hood, tailgate, assorted suspension components and brake rotors help boost fuel economy to 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.

 2018 Lexus LC500 (NACTOY Car of the Year semi-finalist)

  • A Lexus first, this vehicle features an aluminum hood, shock towers and outer doors.
  • The redesigned Lexus LC500 maintains an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.

 2018 Hyundai Ionic (NACTOY Car of the Year semi-finalist)

  • Hyundai reduced the vehicle’s weight by 27 pounds with an aluminum hood and tailgate.

 2018 Audi A5 Sportback (NACTOY Car of the Year semi-finalist)

  • Audi uses a multi-material body construction of steel and aluminum in their 2018 A5.

Automakers continue to choose aluminum as the material of choice in the ever-changing industry climate, according to a recent study by Ducker Worldwide.

“It’s no wonder Car and Truck of the Year winners innovate with aluminum. From performance, safety and durability, to fuel economy, battery range and emissions, aluminum delivers in every category consumers demand in new cars and trucks. That’s why recent surveys of automakers confirm aluminum is the fastest growing material, leading the multi-material trend. It’s also why the U.S. aluminum industry invested more than 2.3 billion dollars in domestic automotive capacity and we’re poised to invest further as our customers continue to innovate with aluminum in next generation automobiles,” said Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the Aluminum Association.

Read more about aluminum’s vast role as the material of choice in the automotive sector in 2018, and beyond, at DriveAluminum.org.

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 About the Aluminum Association

Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Alcan, Sapa Group and Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org, and follow us on Twitter.

 

Aluminum Industry Requests Regulatory Certainty from EPA Regulators During Public Hearing

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DETROIT, September 6, 2017 – Today, Ganesh Panneer, chairman of the Aluminum Association Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and vice president and general manager of automotive at Novelis, testified on behalf of the aluminum industry before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a public hearing held in Washington, D.C.

In response to request for comments on the reconsideration of the final determination of the Midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles model years 2022-2025, Panneer emphasized the need for regulatory certainty for the automotive industry and its key suppliers, noting: “aluminum companies need predictability and consistency in the regulatory conditions under which they operate.”

Regulatory certainty is essential to the U.S. aluminum industry, which continues to make significant investments to meet growing demand for automotive aluminum. The industry supports more than 713,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the nation and since 2013 has invested more than $2.3 billion in domestic plant expansions to support growing demand in the auto market. Last year, demand for aluminum in automotive applications was greater than at any point in U.S. history.

During the hearing, Panneer also pointed to a recently released survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide, which concludes that to achieve greater efficiency and lower CO2 emissions automakers must reduce average vehicle weight by seven percent by 2025. In order to meet this target, automakers will continue to increase the adoption of high-strength, low weight aluminum in new car and truck construction at a faster pace than any time in history.

Panneer added: “Aluminum is a key enabler in helping automakers meet national fuel efficiency and emissions goals.”

He also cited a Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) study that recognizes aluminum’s environmental superiority, noting specifically “aluminum use in new vehicles offers the smallest total carbon footprint among competing materials.”

For a copy of Panneer’s remarks or supporting data and research, visit www.drivealuminum.org. Please also follow the ATG Twitter: @DriveAluminum.

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About the Aluminum Association

Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Alcan, Sapa Group and Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org, and follow us on Twitter @DriveAluminum.

Aluminum Transportation Group Grows with Addition of New Members

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Aluminum Transportation Group Grows with Addition of New Members
– Alcoa and Tri-Arrows join the Aluminum Transportation Group –

August 24, 2017 (DETROIT) — The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) announced today the addition of two new member companies—Alcoa Corporation and Tri-Arrows. These additions bring total membership in the ATG to 11 companies. Both companies are leaders in producing aluminum alloys for automotive applications.

“The addition of Alcoa and Tri-Arrows reflects the impact of the growing automotive market and demonstrates the industry’s continued commitment to its customers in the automotive space,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association. “These new members come at an exciting time for automotive aluminum as we enter a time of unprecedented growth. By 2028, forecasts project total aluminum content will reach 565 pounds per vehicle. As automotive aluminum’s market share rises, so too does its impact on the nation’s manufacturing base and the U.S. economy.”

Alcoa’s roots date back to the discovery of aluminum about 130 years ago. Today, it is a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, including patented foundry alloys that are utilized for specific automotive applications. With more than 14,000 employees at manufacturing locations across the globe, Alcoa supplies the transportation industry with a variety of other cast primary products, including rolling ingot and billet.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Tri-Arrows produces rolled aluminum sheet products at its jointly-owned rolling mill, Logan Aluminum. With capabilities and experience in ingot casting, hot rolling, cold rolling and finishing operations, the company recently announced an investment of $290 million to expand manufacturing capabilities for the emerging North American automotive aluminum sheet market and to increase overall plant capacity, including a new aluminum recycling/ingot casting facility.

Working with its member companies, the ATG will continue to promote research and programs that highlight the benefits of aluminum use in automotive transportation, which include efficiency, safety, durability, performance and sustainability. According to a recent survey of automakers, Ducker Worldwide reaffirms the continued growth trajectory of automotive aluminum as automakers continue transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing lightweight aluminum for closures, body-in-white components and crash managements parts over conventional materials.

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About the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group

Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Corporation, Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products, Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto, Sapa and Tri-Arrows. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org and follow us on Twitter @DriveAluminum.

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