Putting aluminum to use in vehicle construction is hardly new. But it has tended to occur among high-end, low-volume vehicles. When it comes to high-volume mainstream vehicles, aluminum suppliers face a challenge in capturing content opportunities for components such as safety cages and B-pillars.
Two major competitors — Novelis and Constellium — are out to address that through a new consortium they call Alumobility. The Swiss-based partnership hopes to present automakers with new ideas and technical solutions to enable more aluminum adoption.