Unprecedented Growth Expected for Automotive Aluminum as Multi-Material Vehicles Ascend, New Survey of Automakers Says

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DETROIT, July 31, 2017 – Over the next decade, automakers will continue to increase the adoption of high-strength, low weight aluminum in new car and truck construction at a faster pace than any time in history. Total aluminum content is expected to grow from 397 pounds per vehicle (PPV) in 2015 to 565 PPV by 2028, representing 16 percent of total vehicle weight, according to a survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide reaffirming continued market share growth for aluminum into high-volume vehicles. This is consistent with the emerging trend of automakers transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing aluminum for doors, hoods and trunk lids, body-in-white, bumpers and crash boxes.

“Aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material over competing materials and is entering its most unprecedented growth phase since we’ve been tracking the shifting mix of automotive materials,” said Abey Abraham of Ducker Worldwide. “To further improve fuel economy, battery range,safety and overall driving performance, automakers no longer default to a single material and instead are pursuing a multi-material design approach where the best material is chosen for the best application. This design evolution is what’s driving aluminum’s increased market penetration in the auto sector.”

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The Aluminum Association Responds to Reopened Midterm Review on Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy and Co2 Emissions

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ARLINGTON, VA (March 15, 2017) — The Aluminum Association looks forward to working with President Trump and his administration on the review of light-duty vehicle fuel economy and emissions regulations for model years 2022-2025. Aluminum is the second-most used material in vehicles today and a key technology for automakers looking to continue to improve vehicle fuel economy safely and affordably.

“Our members continue to see strong growth in the use of aluminum in cars and trucks as our customers increasingly see mass reduction as the best strategy to build the fleet of the future,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association. “Lighter, stronger vehicles create value for the customer in addition to savings at the pump, including improved performance and increased safety.”

For more than 40 years, the use of aluminum in automobiles has grown continuously and is expected to continue strong growth in coming years. Vital to the nation’s domestic manufacturing base, aluminum companies have invested or committed $2.8 billion in U.S. plant expansions since 2013, driving investments that help create American jobs and strengthen the U.S. economy.

We believe the review process should:

  • Embrace a Data-Driven Approach: Decision-making must be fact-based and driven by credible data.
  • Spur Competition and Innovation: A regulatory environment that accelerates the use of advanced technologies, like aluminum and other high-strength, low-weight materials is a victory for consumers.
  • Support Mass Reduction Without Downsizing: Vehicle size is proven to be a more important safety determinant than weight. Any revised rule should maintain the current call for mass reduction given benefits to consumers and the nation.

The Aluminum Transportation Group Announces New Leadership

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September 26, 2016 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) today announces its new Chairman John Thomas, global marketing manager of automotive at Alcoa. Preceding Thomas is Tom Boney who was recently promoted to vice president of North American operations at Novelis. Ganesh Panneer, vice president and general manager of automotive, North America, Novelis, assumes the role of ATG vice chairman.

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