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American Firm Develops New Aluminium Alloy for Commercial Vehicle Wheels

American Firm Develops New Aluminium Alloy for Commercial Vehicle Wheels

Indiana commercial vehicle component maker Accuride Corporation debuted a new, proprietary aluminium alloy developed for use in the production of aluminium wheels for commercial vehicle applications. Dubbed Quantum 99, the firm says the alloy is one-fifth stronger than previous alloys, allowing for...

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Canadian Government Forms Research Group to Develop New Uses for Aluminium in Ground Transport Sector

Recognizing the inexpensive, sustainable, and lightweight nature of aluminium, and taking advantage of the fact that domestic smelters produce more than half of all aluminium used in North America, Canada’s newly-formed ALTec Industrial research R&D Group is working towards merging the country’s aluminium sector’s research on developing new products for ground transportation applications. “By 2020, […]

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 […]

Japanese Firms Ramping Up Automotive Aluminium Offerings

Two major Japanese metals companies are planning to expand their aluminium offerings to take advantage of the emerging trend in consumer vehicle lightweighting for improved fuel efficiency. Kobe Steel is planning to spend approximately US$93 million to assemble aluminium plants in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The plants will make extruded […]

Heavy goods fleets benefit through vehicle lightweighting

Commercial heavy goods vehicle fleets looking to increase fuel efficiency, transport more freight and retain more drivers can look to lightweighting as a key enabler, according to a recent USA study carried out by Trucking Efficiency. The resulting Confidence Report on Lightweighting concludes that investing in weight reduction is an attractive and economical alternative to […]