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Lightweighting: Continuing the Momentum

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In an interview with Advanced Manufacturing magazine, Doug Richman, Aluminum Transportation Group technical committee chairmanshares his optimism on the aluminum industry’s outlook as mass reduction remains a high priority for automakers. With new approaches to weight savings being developed, Constellium and other Tier 1 suppliers continue to expand their automotive business as new vehicle architectures hit showrooms.

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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.

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Unprecedented Growth Expected for Automotive Aluminum as Multi-Material Vehicles Ascend, New Survey of Automakers Says

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DETROIT, July 31, 2017 – Over the next decade, 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. Total aluminum content is expected to grow from 397 pounds per vehicle (PPV) in 2015 to 565 PPV by 2028, representing 16 percent of total vehicle weight, according to a survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide reaffirming continued market share growth for aluminum into high-volume vehicles. This is consistent with the emerging trend of automakers transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing aluminum for doors, hoods and trunk lids, body-in-white, bumpers and crash boxes.

“Aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material over competing materials and is entering its most unprecedented growth phase since we’ve been tracking the shifting mix of automotive materials,” said Abey Abraham of Ducker Worldwide. “To further improve fuel economy, battery range,safety and overall driving performance, automakers no longer default to a single material and instead are pursuing a multi-material design approach where the best material is chosen for the best application. This design evolution is what’s driving aluminum’s increased market penetration in the auto sector.”

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