Aluminum Insider details the testimony given before the EPA by Ganesh Panneer, chairman of Aluminum Transportation Group. Panneer advocates for regulatory certainty, asserting “aluminum companies need predictability and consistency in the regulatory conditions under which they operate.” The full testimony can be found under the Research tab on drivealuminum.org.
In an interview with Advanced Manufacturing magazine, Doug Richman, Aluminum Transportation Group technical committee chairman, shares 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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Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, recently said the automaker believes replacing steel bodies with lighter aluminum will be key in reaching stricter fuel economy standards. The 2018 Camry adopted an aluminum hood to decrease weight.
A new study suggests that reducing the average weight of all vehicles on the road may actually result in fewer fatalities as a result of accidents. Antonio Bento, an environmental expert and one of the study’s co-authors, said “.. if nothing else, from a safety reason, you have a reason to move forward with the [federal fuel economy] standards.”
Cars are getting faster thanks to performance-enhancing technologies. Since the 1970s, lightweighting with materials like aluminum helped cars and trucks become faster and more powerful while remaining efficient. One example is the Chevrolet Camaro, which dropped almost 600 pounds from 1976 to today and now cranks out more than 600 horsepower.
The tool & die industry, which makes molds for auto components, is suffering from a lack of skilled, educated talent according to experts like Doug Richman, Aluminum Transportation Group technical chairman and vice president of engineering at Kaiser Aluminum. Richman, speaking during the recent CAR T3 Manufacturing Summit said, “We live or die by the quality of our tooling.”
The newly redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator delighted show-goers at the New York auto show in April. The Navigator’s aluminum body sheds nearly 200 pounds over the previous model to help bolster the luxury SUV’s performance and capability.
Buick unveiled the new 2018 Enclave Avenir during the New York auto show. The luxury SUV is built on Cadillac CT6’s Omega platform, which uses lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium to improve performance.
A new video produced by Ford Motor Co. highlights its aluminum recycling systems at the Dearborn Stamping, Kentucky Truck and Buffalo Stamping plants. According to the video, Ford recycles 20 million pounds of aluminum per month. That’s enough to build 51 commercial jet airliners or 37,000 F-Series trucks.