Aluminum usage in car manufacturing is on the rise, and it looks like the trend will continue. Where car manufacturers go, car repairers must follow, making it important to keep up with what’s going on with this material. To help you keep tabs on what’s coming your way, we’ve put together a collection of recent aluminum news headlines. Here’s what happening with aluminum:
2017 Ford Super Dutys Get Aluminum Addition
Ford has announced that the upcoming edition of its Super Duty pickup will feature an aluminum box. Along with reducing corrosion issues, the new boxes eliminate 350 pounds of weight, and the company reports they’ve withstood rigorous testing.
GM Preps Steel-to-Aluminum Welding Process
General Motors is making waves with word of its new welding technique that joins aluminum and steel pieces with spot welds instead of rivets, helping reduce both weight and cost. The technique will be used on the manufacturer’s new Cadillac CT6s, and it’s part of the company’s wider effort to reduce weight and increase mileage.
Going Green With Aluminum
A recent article from Recycling Today details how aluminum is providing an answer to many of the car industry’s questions about sustainability. Take a look for lots of great insights. For instance, did you know “nearly 75 percent of all aluminum produced since 1886 is still in use today”? And speaking of recycling …
Ford’s Manufacturing System Lets it Recycle a Lot of Aluminum
Automotive World reports that, using the closed-loop system at the manufacturer’s Dearborn Truck Plant, Ford is able to recycle up to 20 million pounds of stamping scrap metal every month. That’s enough for 30,000 F-150 bodies.
Aluminum Supplier Novelis Opens New Finishing Line
Novelis, which provides aluminum for a variety of car manufacturers, recently announced that it will be investing $120 million to increase its aluminum-producing capabilities. The line will be added to the company’s existing factory in New York. The move points to the sustained growth of aluminum, with Novelis predicting continued increases in the market.
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