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Alcoa and the Fight for the Aluminum Automobile

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As the steel vs. aluminum battle wages on in the automotive world, Alcoa is bringing a new technology to the lightweighting fight.

The aluminum producer has developed a new manufacturing process that allows it to make an aluminum alloy that is 40% more formable and 30% stronger than existing aluminum.

That means, in short, that Alcoa is addressing in one fell swoop some of the major hurdles keeping aluminum from becoming a more pervasive material on vehicles. Using its Micromill technology, it is creating a more flexible, stronger aluminum that is 30% lighter than high-strength steel.

Read more on the aluminum automobile on IndustryWeek.

IndustryWeek is an NED companion site within Penton's Manufacturing & Supply Chain Group.

 

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