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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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EPA, NHTSA and CARB See Aluminum As Key To Meeting 2025 Targets

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The technical assessment of the 2025 fuel economy and emissions standards recognizes mass reduction with aluminum as an important part of the larger multi-material strategy automakers will use to meet objectives safely and affordably. As automakers develop mobility solutions to meet the needs of a fast-changing world, the aluminum industry is supporting their efforts by developing advanced alloys that are stronger, more formable and manufactured with sustainability, efficiency and value in mind.

See the EPA’s press release on the draft Technical Assessment Report here.

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