Rolls Royce recently announced it has started testing its new aluminum space-frame architecture, which the brand states, “will underpin all future Rolls-Royce model lines” and arrive in market in early 2018.
In an article featured in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing Yearbook, ATG Technical Committee Chairman, Doug Richman, details advances in automotive material joining technologies. Education and proper training are emphasized as critical to the success of an industry-wide transition to multi-material vehicle designs, to include increased use of aluminum alloys in high-volume vehicles.
The March issue of Recycling Today magazine features an article written by Doug Richman, technical chair of the Aluminum Transportation Group. In it, Richman details growing use of automotive aluminum highlighting the metal’s environmental benefits, such as infinite recyclability, as a key contributor to its growth.
Los Angeles’ KABC-TV automotive correspondent, Dave Kunz, details the emergence of lighter, safer and more fuel efficient vehicles. Kunz spotlights the redesigned aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and Land Rover Range Rover while emphasizing, “making a vehicle lighter does not make it less safe.”
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Aluminum Transportation Group chairman, Tom Boney, discusses the importance of vehicle mass reduction with the Chicago Tribune. The article details consumer benefits gained when automakers downsize with automotive aluminum and highlights the many vehicles displayed at this year’s Chicago Auto Show that utilize the metal.
Novelis recently announced the successful integration of its RC5754 alloy, a new automotive product containing up to 75 percent recycled content, into the structural components of high volume production vehicles. Developed with Jaguar Land Rover, RC5754 serves as a key component of Jaguar’s REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) project. First introduced in the new Jaguar XE, the new alloy will be featured in all new and legacy Jaguar Land Rover models.
In an interview with Automotive World magazine, Aluminum Transportation Group Technical Committee Chairman, Doug Richman, offers perspectives on trends in automotive lightweighting, to include the significant role aluminum plays in helping automakers achieve efficiency without compromising performance or safety.According to Richman, as automakers employ a healthy material mix in vehicle designs “aluminum co-exists in a multi-material world,” further asserting “the multi-material approach is the only correct way to lightweight vehicles.”