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Steel cannot compete with aluminium in vehicle lightweighting

Steel cannot compete with aluminium in vehicle lightweighting

The lightweighting of automobiles is well underway and that trend will continue throughout the next decade at the very least. Aiming to reduce fuel emissions and meet GHG requirements, automobile manufacturers need to significantly reduce the weight of vehicles, and they have...

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Global FRP and extrusion aluminium outlook

Global demand for flat rolled and extruded aluminium products is expected to rise by 5-6% CAGR between 2016 and 2020, mostly due to increased demand from the transportation sector. This is the general expectation held by the major aluminium fabricators based on latest research and forecasts. During the same period, demand from construction will remain […]

Aluminium Use in Automobiles to Increase Significantly

Automobile producers are under pressure to satisfy regulatory requirements aimed at 2017 and beyond, where the concern for greenhouse gas emissions has caused fleet-wide Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets to double from 2012 to 2025. In light of this, vehicle lightweighting is set to play a critical role in meeting these requirements, resulting in […]

Aluminium Wrap – 21st CRU World Aluminium Conference 2016

The 21st CRU World Aluminium Conference 2016 took place between May 9-11 in Shanghai, China. As the setting was the Middle Kingdom, many of the speakers’ presentations were oriented to the subject. What follows are a few highlights of presentations delivered at the conference by two of CRU’s experts. CRU’s Michael Insulán delivered a presentation on […]

Mixed fortunes for U.S. industry – facing challenges on a broader front

The primary aluminium sector in the USA has been decimated over the past 10 years, with a succession of smelter closures and heavy job losses. Looking for the root causes, accusing fingers have pointed towards China and its unfair industry trading position supported by its national government’s policies. The debate continues – spearheaded by the […]

Aluminium Luminaries – Zhang Shiping

Zhang Shiping is Chairman and majority shareholder of China Hongqiao Group, which is currently the world’s largest producer of aluminium. He was born in Weiqiao, in the northwest of China’s Shandong province in February, 1946. In 1966, during the Cultural Revolution’s “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement,” Zhang was one of […]