Several 2019 model-year vehicles are utilizing an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) structure. In fact, more than 65 AHSS-intensive vehicles were unveiled across the country this year. AHSS was represented in every vehicle segment and size, including SUV and truck markets. For example, 98% of the steel used in the frame of the 2019 Ram 1500 is AHSS, and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is composed of 35% ultrahigh-strength hot-formed steel, 12% ultrahigh-strength steel and 39% extra-high-strength steel.
Ford will invest approximately $900 million in its southeast Michigan manufacturing footprint and create 900 incremental direct new jobs through 2023. The company plans to expand production capacity at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and add a second shift. Southeast Michigan workers also will make Ford’s first autonomous vehicles (AVs) starting in 2021.
Toyota’s all-new 2019 RAV4 crossover vehicle is getting lighter thanks to aluminum from Novelis. The company’s plant in Scriba, N.Y., supplies premium aluminum sheet to the automaker’s facility in Ontario, where it is cut and shaped into the RAV4′s hood, fenders and lift gate. The result is a 4% lighter vehicle despite a larger width than previous models.
Almost 1,400 workers on the third shift at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois are out of job. Why? Demand for the Jeep Cherokee – the facility’s lone product – is slowing down. With that in mind, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is moving the plant to a traditional two-shift schedule.
The Brembo Group inaugurated a new production hub for the manufacture of aluminum brake calipers in Nanjing, China. The plant includes 67 production lines – featuring the most advanced technologies available – and a foundry. Brembo invested approximately $112 million in the hub, which covers 40,000 square meters and offers a capacity of more than 2 million pieces annually.
The global industrial sector has never placed greater demands on manufacturers. Companies in a range of industries must optimize performance and minimize waste while holding the line on emissions, regardless of the regulatory requirements in their state, region or country.
A West Virginia aluminum manufacturer is collaborating with Blue Origin, a private aerospace manufacturer, to supply aluminum plates and sheets for their new orbital rocket. Blue Origin was founded in 2000 by businessman Jeff Bezos (Amazon).
We have heard so much about graphene over the past years, but borophene – a single layer of boron atoms – appears to be taking its place. It is stronger and more flexible than graphene, and it could revolutionize sensors, batteries and catalytic chemistry.
Lightweighting with aluminum for automotive applications has come with some complications when heat treatment was required for complex part configurations. The result of years of research, Alcoa developed two new NHT (non-heat treat) alloys with improved castability.