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.
Aluminum is a big part of the greener future of cars and trucks, offering lighter weight, more strength, less corrosion and improved fuel economy.Peter GorrieToronto Star
ARLINGTON, VA., April 2, 2018 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its final determination finding current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles model years 2022-2025 are not appropriate. In response, the Aluminum Association today issued the following statement:
“The U.S. aluminum industry supports nearly 713,000 jobs and $186 billion in direct and indirect economic output and we look forward to continuing working with the Administration and other stakeholders to ensure final emissions and fuel economy standards are premised on facts, data and on-the-road examples. Vehicles made lighter through greater aluminum use offer consumers better performance, affordable choices, higher fuel economy, lower emissions and improved safety. The Aluminum Association, whose member companies invested more than $2.6 billion in auto-focused manufacturing jobs since 2013, strongly supports regulatory certainty to 2025 through one national program,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.
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About the Aluminum Association
Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Alcan, Sapa Group and Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org, and follow us on Twitter.
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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- Lincoln’s all aluminum-bodied 2018 Navigator wins North American Truck of the Year
- Honda’s 2018 Accord with aluminum chassis wins North American Car of Year
- Aluminum a key feature in finalists for all award categories
DETROIT, January 16, 2018 – The aluminum-intensive 2018 Lincoln Navigator was named Truck of the Year and the 2018 Honda Accord was named Car of the Year in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards, announced Monday, Jan. 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This is the second consecutive year an aluminum-intensive vehicle has won a NACTOY award, a testament to the growing consensus that aluminum builds better cars and trucks, delivering on consumer preference for exceptional performance, safety ratings, fuel efficiency, durability, towing capability and sustainability. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named North American Car Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2017.
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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