Aluminum

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States....
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Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel....
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Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co....
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Fire proves Super Dutys will be aluminum, spies say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It's been a burning question: Will Super Duty versions of the redesigned Ford F-series pickup have aluminum bodies like the 2015 F-150? Some bloggers and a spy photographer think the inferno that destroyed a testing prototype in Death Valley in July answers the question....
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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. All have aluminum bodies....
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Novelis expects to double auto aluminum production in 4 years

9:08 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Novelis, the world's largest sheet aluminum producer, expects to double its North American production of automotive aluminum by 2018 or so from 2014 levels....
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Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler's Ram 1500 by offering a "super fuel economy" or SFE package....
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Superior’s Q2 net income drops 21%; Ark. plant to close

3:17 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries International said today that its second-quarter net income tumbled 21 percent from the year-earlier period to $5 million on flat sales of $199 million....
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Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history....
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New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy....
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Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so....
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Jaguar will debut XE sedan at London event

July 16, 2014 11:36 CET
Jaguar will unveil its new XE model ahead of the Paris auto show at a special event in London on Sept. 8. Sales of the mid-sized premium sedan, which is key to boosting the marque's low volume, will begin next year in Europe....
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Auto repair conference to focus on next F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Starting at the end of this month, the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup will take center stage at the nation's biggest annual collision repair industry gathering in Detroit....
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Supplier aims to be a go-to source for weight loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
One of the first things Ramzi Hermiz asked for after taking over Shiloh Industries less than two years ago was a slimmer corporate logo....
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Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
As western carmakers such as Audi and Ford embrace aluminum to save weight and boost fuel economy, their Asian rivals remain reluctant to invest in the costly retooling required that would disrupt existing manufacturing processes and supplier relationships....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Alcoa, Novelis face new competition as aluminum gains in auto segment

10:16 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Aluminum giants Alcoa and Novelis triumphed in landing Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, but the victory also has brought new aluminum players into the competition for future automotive business....
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Automakers' use of aluminum will climb fivefold by 2020, Novelis says

June 12, 2014 13:23 CET
Aluminum use in auto bodies will climb fivefold by 2020 as carmakers seek lightweight materials to improve fuel economy, a senior executive at aluminum supplier Novelis said....
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75 percent of U.S. pickups will have aluminum bodies by 2025, industry study says

2:22 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The majority of pickups manufactured within the next decade will have aluminum bodies, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminum Association...
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A flurry of activity in aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The auto industry's love affair with weight-saving aluminum is just warming up. In the pipeline is a growing list of vehicles with all-aluminum bodies or with more aluminum body panels, such as doors, roofs and trunks....
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How to contain aluminum dust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year....
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New F-150 spied on road near Detroit

10:06 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2014
This 2015 Ford F-150 was seen driving undisguised in suburban Detroit on Sunday. The aluminum-bodied truck begins production later this summer. The lightweight body saves as much as 700 pounds over the outgoing steel-bodied truck....
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VW promises lighter, more fuel-efficient Passat

May 29, 2014 06:01 CET
VW says its new Passat will be be lighter, more fuel efficient and roomier than the current model. The eighth generation of Europe's top-selling mid-sized vehicle will debut at the Paris auto show in October....
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