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Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Ongoing efforts to reduce vehicle weight by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) create the requirement for new and innovative methods of joining in body-in-white (BIW) assembly systems. This article will discuss some of the challenges of integrating advanced joining processes into an automated production system based on our experience with such work at Comau, a member […]

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GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

By on April 11, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

Starting with its 2019 model, the GMC Sierra’s pickup box will be made of lightweight carbon fiber. Called CarbonPro, the box is more than 60 pounds lighter than previous steel versions. In addition, GM says CarbonPro will increase efficiency and durability. “In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon-fiber box is the […]

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Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

By on March 20, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

Novelis Inc., a major supplier of aluminum rolled products and recycler of aluminum, announced it would be supplying premium aluminum products for the London EV Company’s (LEVC) new TX electric taxi. The TX electric taxi is a brand-new, zero-emissions capable cab built on an aluminum frame in the U.K. The aluminum frame has lightweight aluminum […]

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Lighter Pickups

By on March 10, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Lighter Pickups

According to a recent report on Trucks.Com, the lightweighting trend has deeply impacted the pickup truck universe this year. As the report makes clear, a series of popular pickups weighed less when their newest models debuted earlier this year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup from Fiat Chrysler […]

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Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

SABIC, a Saudi Arabia-based petrochemical manufacturer, released results of its 2018 life-cycle assessment of car side doors manufactured using hybrid materials. Among these materials were laminates with SABIC’s continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC), the UDMAX™ GPP 45-70 tape, which was designed to improve compliance with energy and emissions regulations. The assessment compared the side door […]

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EVs Demand Aluminum

By on February 19, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
EVs Demand Aluminum

An analysis by the mining-and-metals industry intelligence firm CRU calculates that aluminum demand from the production of electric vehicles (EVs) will near 10-million tons globally by 2030. The report emphasizes that EVs rely heavily on aluminum-intensive extrusions and rolled products as compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. The report forecasts that global battery-electric (BEV), […]

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Recycling Plastic Parts

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association has results from the first phase of the association’s End-of-Life (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project. The project examines the viability of collecting and reprocessing plastic auto parts so that they can be recycled into other automotive applications. The project, which will continue into two more phases, looked at […]

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Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

By on February 2, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ford’s Composite Cylinder Strategy

According to patent applications from the Ford Motor Company, the company is looking to replace metal with composite materials in the manufacture of cylinder heads. Ford has already patented a new hybrid composite cylinder head made up primarily of a polymer composite, rather than iron or aluminum, as reported in recent industry reviews. A fiber-reinforced […]

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Light Seats from Adient

By on February 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Light Seats from Adient

Automotive seating supplier Adient continues focusing resources on the development of lightweight-seating technologies for automobiles. That’s a big challenge when one considers passenger safety, comfort and the growing trend toward multi-functional options within seats. As a result, Adient has been concentrating on alternative materials and composites. It reports that, over the last 10 years, it […]

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Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Inc., a major player in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.

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