Aluminum Technology Forum Showcases Advantages of Aluminum in Vehicle Design
Technical sessions at the Aluminum Technology Forum held in Detroit on November 2, 2023, highlighted the numerous benefits of aluminum for designing lighter, safer, and more sustainable vehicles. The event, hosted by the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG), brought together top automotive and aluminum industry thought leaders at the Garden Theater to discuss the impact of aluminum in shaping the future of mobility.
Craig Lewis, the Vice President of Strategic Transformation at Constellium and Chair of the ATG, emphasized the integral role of aluminum in modern vehicle design. He stated, “Aluminum is a driving force for modern mobility, and its inherent value in vehicle design was on display during this event.” Lewis added that through collaboration between automakers and aluminum suppliers, automotive aluminum contributes to sustainability efforts while significantly improving vehicle capabilities and safety.
The Aluminum Technology Forum focused on the increasing use of aluminum in the automotive industry, surpassing competing materials for the past six decades. As the industry moves toward rapid electrification, the aluminum sector is partnering with various stakeholders such as automakers, recyclers, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations to drive innovation over the next decade. This commitment is reflected in the “Roadmap for Automotive Aluminum,” which outlines the industry’s vision for the future.
The event served as a platform for industry leaders to showcase sustainable aluminum design excellence and foster peer-to-peer networking. Technical experts presented cutting-edge lightweighting innovations, including sheet metal fabrication, gigacasting, joining technologies, casting and forming technologies, and other advancements that are propelling the automotive industry forward.
Notable speakers at the Aluminum Technology Forum included representatives from Former Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Rivian, Shape Corp., the Center for Automotive Research, University of Michigan, Atlas Copco, Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Alumobility, Kirchhoff Automotive, TWB Company, Sphera, VALIS, and Prysmian Group. Their insights and expertise shed light on the crucial role aluminum plays in automotive innovation.
Chris Devadas, the Director of Technology at Hydro Aluminum Metals USA and ATG Technical Committee Chair, highlighted the pivotal role of aluminum in enabling automotive advancements. He stated, “Through technological advancements, aluminum is a key enabler of automotive innovation today and tomorrow.” Devadas further expressed the importance of researching and developing more sustainable and aluminum-rich automotive solutions for the future.
According to a 2023 survey conducted by Ducker Carlisle, automakers and Tier 1 suppliers anticipate a significant increase in aluminum content in vehicles as demand for sustainable transportation grows. The survey reveals that aluminum content is expected to increase by nearly 100 net pounds per vehicle (PPV) between 2020 and 2030, showcasing a positive industry trend. The Aluminum Technology Forum provided an opportunity to explore innovative approaches to aluminum design, showcasing successful applications in both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles (EVs) while discussing the future of vehicle design and engineering.
For more information on the Aluminum Transportation Group and their efforts to promote the adoption of aluminum in automotive applications, visit DriveAluminum.org. Stay updated with the ATG’s activities by following them on Twitter @DriveAluminum.
About the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG)
The Aluminum Transportation Group, a division of the Aluminum Association, plays a crucial role in communicating the benefits of aluminum adoption in automotive applications. They provide research, training programs, events, and outreach activities to highlight the advantages of choosing aluminum for automakers, suppliers, government stakeholders, and consumers. The ATG’s members include Commonwealth Rolled Products, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis, Rio Tinto, Real Alloy, Lincoln Electric, Spectro Alloys, and Aluminum Dynamics. To learn more, visit DriveAluminum.org or follow @DriveAluminum on Twitter.
Source: The Aluminum Association.