Aluminum

PLANT LIFE - PART 3

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago....
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Audi makes Q7 more agile, frugal

Aug. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi has packed its new Q7 with a rich mix of advanced technologies that improve safety, comfort and connectivity while simultaneously reducing the large SUV's fuel consumption....
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Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultra-high-strength steel are already available....
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BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers....
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BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel....
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A car that dropped in from the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully....
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Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production....
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BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Porsche buys Kuka machine tool unit to enhance lightweight production

June 19, 2015 17:24 CET

Porsche has bought the machine tool unit of industrial robot maker Kuka to enhance production of sports cars amid a growing use of lightweight materials. The transaction may cost Porsche between 10 million euros ($11.34 million) and 25 million euros....
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers....
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Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits....
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Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval....
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Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling....
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Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi plans $31.9 million expansion in Detroit

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group USA is planning a $31.9 million expansion of its plant in Detroit....
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Phil Martens out as CEO of aluminum supplier Novelis

1:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Top aluminum rolled products maker Novelis announced Monday the surprise departure of CEO Philip Martens -- a former rising star executive at Ford -- who helped the India-owned supplier shift toward the automotive sector....
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Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages....
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Ford says aluminum repair smooth so far

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies. Ford has not heard of any dealers or independent body shops having problems obtaining parts, installing parts or dealing with insurance companies about the time it takes to repair the new pickup, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt....
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Jaguar XF redesign boasts more aluminum, interior room

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Jaguar is stepping up its game with the redesigned 2016 XF sedan, which features aluminum-intensive technology and boasts increased interior room and a host of high-technology safety and entertainment. Jaguar touts it as the car with “the brand’s most comprehensive suite of advanced performance, driver assistance and infotainment technology.”...
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Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. $259 million to expand automotive aluminum sheet production capacity at the supplier's Tennessee factory, reviving a long-dormant loan program to support the development of energy-efficient vehicles....
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Ford says F-150 fleet deliveries to quicken as 2nd plant comes on line

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford's launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-Series remains on track, and fleet customers will have their orders filled in greater numbers in the second quarter as production accelerates, a top executive said on Friday....
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Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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