Extruded Elements and Lightweighting

Extruded Elements and Lightweighting

It’s predicted that the amount of aluminum and extruded-aluminum products in a North American vehicle will go up 30 percent over the next 10 years. That’s 565 pounds or 16 percent of the vehicle’s weight. This according to Ducker Worldwide, a consulting and research firm. Auto designers and engineers like aluminum extrusions because they can […]

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Ford & MSU Collaborating on Innovative Lightweighting

Ford & MSU Collaborating on Innovative Lightweighting

By on May 15, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Ford Motor Company and Michigan State University have renewed and expanded their collaborative research alliance in a number of different fields, allowing the university to create new features for Ford customers. By strengthening the four-year research and development partnership, this expanded alliance will develop a wide array of innovations with a focus on sensors, lightweight […]

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Minimó: The City Car of the Future?

Minimó: The City Car of the Future?

By on May 13, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Is it a motorcycle? A car? The future of urban mobility? The Spanish car company SEAT hopes its Minimó is the latter. Start out with this vehicle being tiny, but can seat two. It is 8.2 feet long (a three-pillow couch is about 7 feet) and 4 feet wide (5 inches narrower than a full-size […]

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Bailo Receives SMDI Community Hero Award

Bailo Receives SMDI Community Hero Award

By on March 23, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

It wasn’t only vehicles that were honored by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). Its Community Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life of the community. This year’s recipient was Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and a member of the Lightweighting World […]

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2019 Vehicles—Lighter with AHSS Structures

2019 Vehicles—Lighter with AHSS Structures

By on March 22, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Many 2019 model year vehicles introduced in 2018 have something in common—an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) structure. More than 65 AHSS-intensive vehicles debuted at major auto shows last year. AHSS was represented in the composition of every vehicle segment and size, including the popular SUV, CUV and truck markets. “As vehicles evolve to become stronger, […]

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AK Steel Receives DOE Research Money

AK Steel Receives DOE Research Money

By on March 21, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

AK Steel will be receiving up to $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office program. The company will investigate innovative low-density steels in the laboratory, which could ultimately be used in automotive-structural applications. The three-year project will be conducted in collaboration with […]

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Demand for Automotive Lightweight Materials Soaring

Demand for Automotive Lightweight Materials Soaring

By on March 20, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

The Transparency Market Research Reports predicts the global automotive lightweight materials market will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from 2018 to 2026, reaching $260,000 million by 2026. Most revenue will be from the Asia-Pacific region. This is due to the developing nations recently starting up automotive lightweight materials industries. […]

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Kenaf—Natural Fiber for Lightweighting

Kenaf—Natural Fiber for Lightweighting

By on March 19, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Fast-growing, sustainable and easy on the environment “Someday you and I will see the day when auto bodies will be grown down on the farm.” Henry Ford, 1934 That someday has yet to come—but it’s getting closer. Ford did try his hand at a “plastic car made of soybeans” in 1941. It had 14 plastic […]

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New Scandium Alloy Developed

New Scandium Alloy Developed

By on March 19, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Siberian Federal University (SFU) scientists, in cooperation with Russian aluminum company Rusal, have come up with a low-cost, high-strength aluminum-magnesium alloy that contains scandium and zirconium. The record low percentage of scandium is what makes this development so potentially important. Because scandium-content alloys reduce weight and metal density in steel structures, they are good for […]

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GMC CarbonPro for Pickups

GMC CarbonPro for Pickups

Industry-first carbon fiber composite box America is in love—with the pickup truck. The first one sold 209 units in 1917, the initial year of its production. Compare that to the first half of 2018 when 1.4 million pickups were sold. In the 1950s, the pickup went from a work vehicle meant for hauling to a […]

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