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Auto Aluminum To Jump Up 30 Percent

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A Ducker Worldwide study forecasts the aluminium content in European cars is expected to increase by up to 30 percent during the next 10 years. This surge is mainly from rolled and extruded products, where auto body sheet leads the growth with an expected increase of 110 percent during the same period. Ducker Worldwide also projects growth for automotive aluminum in North America as automakers seek solutions to develop greener, safer and higher performing vehicles.

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Aluminum Drives Jobs As Producers Invest $150M In Auto Body Plant

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Constellium-UACJ recently opened its new Kentucky plant, which will supply aluminum for automotive body sheeting. Automakers continue to turn to aluminum for lightweighting said Constellium-UACJ CEO Simon Laddychuk in an Automotive News article highlighting the announcement, “Even if we look at this conservatively, the market [for aluminum] is going to double over the next five years.”

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New Technologies, Advanced Materials Make Vehicles Safer

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An article in Road and Track discusses technologies and materials being adopted in new vehicles. Chief among these advanced materials is aluminum, which is used in key crumple zones to help dissipate crash forces during a crash. The article highlights Cadillac’s CT6, “For example, the new Cadillac CTS uses lightweight aluminum ‘crush cans’ up front to soak up a lot of energy before an impact reaches the passengers.

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Automakers Prefer Aluminum for Lightweighting

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For the third year in a row, the WardsAuto and DuPont Automotive Trends Benchmark study found that aluminum is the most popular material being used by automotive engineers to meet rising federal fuel economy and emissions targets. Decreasing mass with multi-material solutions (which still includes advanced aluminum alloys in concert with other materials) is the second most favored approach.

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Aluminum and Mixed Materials Dominate Conversation at CAR MBS

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Steve Finlay of WardsAuto recaps the discussion on mixed-material vehicle design during the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars. Novelis’s Tom Boney (pictured above), who also chairs the Aluminum Transportation Group said, “Aluminum is recognized as a key material deployed by OEMs to meet the 2025 (fuel economy) objectives. Mass reduction will play a key role.”

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