Aluminum in a Mixed-Material Automotive World – LMA October Issue Now Available!

October 2014 Cover - Light Metal Age

The October 2014 issue of Light Metal Age is now available. The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week.

The cover features the Lotus Evora sports car, which has a multi-material structure utilizing aluminum, steel, and composite materials. The Evora chassis is primarily constructed of aluminum sheet and extrusions joined using adhesive bonding and self-piercing rivets (a process called riv-bonding) for the front and center modules and a steel rear structure to support the engine and suspension. Lotus uses a variety of innovative joining technologies in the design of its multi-material vehicles. Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engineering, in his article in this issue, discusses non-traditional joining technologies used in the automotive industry.

Feature Articles include:

  • Automotive in a Mixed-Material World – GALM: Optimizing Design, Joining Techniques, and Material Capabilities, While Reducing Cost, by Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor
  • Vitex Extrusion: The Total Turnaround – From Aging Plant to Nimble, Value-Added Manufacturer
  • Overview of Non-Traditional Joining Technologies for Multi-Material Vehicle Structures, by Gregory E. Peterson, Lotus Engeering
  • SCM Commissions Unique Remelt Plant: First in the World to Horizontally Cast 14″ Billet
  • CIAC – Aluminum Industry Challenges and Opportunities: Game Changing Developments in Transportation Sectors, by Andrea Svendsen
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Speed Cracking, by Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Characterization of the Aging Behavior and the Formability of 6xxx Al Alloys for Automotive Applications, by Ramona Prillhofer, Josef Berneder, and Josef Enser, AMAG Rolling GmbH
  • Extrusion Press Icon Returns to the U.S. – Built in America, Engineered in Germany
  • Constellium: Expanding Investment and Increasing Capacity to Supply Auto Solutions to OEMs
  • Design, Regulation, and Positioning of Modern Container Heating Systems, by Christian Eckenbach, Marx GmbH
  • On the Future of Automotive Lightweighting: Body Design Coming Out of the Niche, by Christian Kleinhans, Berylls Strategy Advisors

Editorial departments include the editorial, “Lightweight E-Type Recalls Jaguar’s Aluminum-Bodied Past and Present,” a New Equipment Spotlight about the new pot ramming machine from STAS, and a review of automotive-focused international patents, as well as coverage of Automotive News, Extruder News, and Contracts & Expansions.

If you would like to receive a copy of the October issue, as well as future issues of Light Metal Age, subscribe online today!

Video: Materials Evolution in Automotive

In the following video, Tom Boney, chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group and vice president – Automotive of Novelis, discusses the incredible materials evolution underway in the automotive industry, with automakers accelerating the transition to aluminum.

LME Roundup – July 29 through September 16

July 30 – “LME And Rusal Back In U.K. Court Over Warehousing Rules,” The Wall Street Journal

The London Metal Exchange went back to court in the U.K. as it tries to change the way metals are delivered around the world, in an attempt to reduce controversial delays. The LME had been blocked by UC Rusal the world’s largest aluminum producer, which claims the LME has not consulted its market fairly regarding the planned rule changes.

July 30 – “Aluminum supply glut threat said aggrandized,” American Metal Market

August 4 – “LME OFFICIALS: Aluminium back above $2,000 in officials,” Metal Bulletin

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Video: Every Can Counts – Interview with Caroline Archer, Crown Holdings

In this interview Caroline Archer, marketing and Key Account Director for Crown Holdings Inc.’s beverage can business in Europe and Middle East and chairwoman of Every Can Counts, discusses Every Can Counts and its initiatives.

Throwback Thursday: Classic Aluminum-Bodied Cars Granted New Life at Pebble Beach

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Pictured: Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance invites only the most beautiful and rare automobiles to appear each year, drawing connoisseurs of art and technology to see them. Two classic and beautiful aluminum-bodied cars will appear at this year’s premier event, on August 17th.

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Video: 7 out of 10 new pickup trucks to be aluminum-bodied by 2025

Every leading automaker will include numerous aluminum body and closure programs by 2025 with aluminum sheet for complete bodies jumping to 4 billion lbs, from the 200 million lbs in 2013, noted the new report, 2015 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content Study. The report was commissioned by the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and conducted by Ducker Worldwide through detailed in-person interviews with automotive OEMs, component suppliers, and regulators. Ducker maintains a comprehensive material use database to track material and mass of individual components for every vehicle model manufactured in North America, which was updated and verified between October 2013 and April 2014, with findings presented in the report.

The ATG hosted a webinar exploring the survey findings that show by 2025, seven out of 10 new pickup trucks and more than 20% of SUVs and large sedans produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied. A recap of the webinar can be viewed in the following video.


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