As electric vehicle technology continues to gain momentum, so do job investments in the automotive aluminum industry. The industry invested more than $2.6B in new and updated facilities nationwide since 2013. This article shares more details about recent investments and future growth for the material.
A 2017 survey of automakers by Ducker Worldwide proved aluminum is on the up and up for vehicle content now and into the future. Heidi Brock, CEO of the Aluminum Association, discusses the growth of aluminum in the automotive industry and points out the multi-material vehicle future in this Letter to the Editor featured in Automotive News.
Using aluminum for closures in the doors, fenders, swing gate and windshield surround, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler helps trim weight. Read Aluminum Insider’s feature to learn more about Jeep’s downweighting and fuel savings with the use of aluminum.
The redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator boasts an all-aluminum body that improved the vehicle’s weight, towing capacity and fuel economy. Read Auto123’s impression of the 2018 Truck of the Year in its review of the Lincoln Navigator.
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In partnership with WardsAuto, the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) presented The Road Ahead: Aluminum Vehicle Content Surge on Wednesday, October 11. Doug Richman, technical committee chairman, ATG and Abey Abraham, project lead and director automotive and materials, Ducker Worldwide detailed new data that confirms automotive aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material over competing materials and is entering its most unprecedented growth phase. The webinar replay and full presentation are available for download on DriveAluminum.org.
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Light Metal Age Magazine details the importance of mass reduction with aluminum as leading automakers continue their quest toward electrification. The article emphasizes EVs as a key growth market for aluminum and highlights the metal’s role in offsetting the weight of heavy vehicle batteries. The feature further examines the expected growth surge for automotive aluminum as forecasted by the most recent Ducker Worldwide survey of automakers.
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Various weight reduction solutions were discussed during the Society of Automotive Analysts Lightweighting Summit in Detroit last month. Among those solutions, increased aluminum use as an alternative to steel in a multi-material vehicle design was discussed. As panelists shared their insights on ways automakers can identify new opportunities to cut weight and optimize vehicle design, mixed materials are cited as “really the pathway,” by Ducker Worldwide’s Abey Abraham.
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