Turning wood and orange peels into car parts stronger than steel

7:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The molecules of plant fibers are being transformed into a lightweight material five times stronger than steel that can be used to make everything from auto parts to electronic displays. No wonder the technology, called cellulose nanofiber, has piqued the interest of executives in Japan....
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Toyota said to seek supplier price cuts

Aug. 20, 2015 11:38 CET

Toyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said....
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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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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight....
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How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight....
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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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ArcelorMittal to use microbes to make fuel from waste gases

6:42 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles....
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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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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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SGL eyes more cutbacks on weak graphite electrode markets

March 18, 2015 16:59 CET

Germany's SGL, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW Group's electric cars, has stepped up cost cutting efforts again to grapple with a difficult market for graphite electrodes used in steel recycling....
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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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World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety....
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Steel boosters step on Ford's football turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

A series of radio commercials broadcast this season in Michigan and Ohio during Detroit Lions football games exhorts shoppers to make sure they get a steel body on their new car, pickup or SUV....
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