Market Data

By 2025, more than 75% of pickup trucks, and 20% of SUVs and large sedans produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied.


Source: Ducker

Aluminum Goes Mass Market With
Ford F-150


Aluminum is no longer just for luxury vehicles. It's transitioning to mass market with Ford's F-150 shedding 700 pounds with military-grade aluminum. Replacing steel with aluminum was #1 most talked about trend at North Amercian International Auto Show, according to experts at Autoline Supplier Symposium 2014.

 

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Aluminum Sheet Outlook in Auto


Alcoa’s Randall Scheps tells why aluminum intensity is growing and driving auto sheet demand at Platts Aluminum Symposium 2014.

 

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Automakers are accelerating their shift to aluminum away from other materials for new car and light truck construction, as they seek to safely and cost-effectively lower the weight of vehicles and provide consumers with the fuel efficient vehicles they demand. According to a new survey of North American automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide, automakers will increase their use of aluminum from 327 pounds in 2009 to 550 pounds in 2025; doubling aluminum’s percent of vehicle curb weight from 8 to 16 percent.

 

New, stringent federal fuel economy regulations, coupled wtih increasing consumer demand for more fuel efficient vehciles, is leading automakers to move quickly with a total rethinking of vehicle design as they also push ahead with alternate powertrains, new technologies and advanced materials. In terms of boosting fuel economy and cutting tailpipe emissions, aluminum offers automakers the fastest, safest, most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way to get the job done. Low-density aluminum is a game-changer and automakers are taking full advantage of all the consumer benefits it provides.

 

Key research studies show auto aluminum use is aggressively accelerating.

2014

Auto Aluminum Growth - North American Report 
Conducted by Ducker Worldwide
By 2025, more than 75 percent of pickup trucks, and 20 percent of SUVs and large sedans produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied guaranteeing 50 years of uninterrupted growth.

 

Life Cycle Assessment - Energy and CO2 Emissions of Aluminum-Intensive Vehicles
Conducted by the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the Aluminum Association's Transportation Group
Reducing vehicle weight with aluminum can result in the lowest total vehicle lifecycle environmental impact - cradle-to-grave - as compared to both traditional and advanced steels.

2013

Aluminum Body-in-White Concept Study
Conducted for The Aluminum Association’s Transportation Group
Confirms that an all-aluminum vehicle can shed more than 40 percent body mass and boost fuel economy by 18 percent when combined with secondary mass savings and other design changes.

2012

EAA Aluminum Penetration in Cars Report
Conducted by Ducker Worldwide for the European Aluminum Association
Illustrates growth in use of aluminum in European automotive applications.

 

Weight Reduction with Aluminum: Part of All Cost-Effective Fuel Economy Improvement Strategies
Conducted by Scenaria
Confirms that substituting strong, light materials in automobiles is the only safe, cost-effective way to meet higher fuel economy targets.

2011

Auto Aluminum Growth - North American Report
Conducted by Ducker Worldwide
Illustrates steady growth in use of aluminum in automotive applications for almost 40 years and the long-term worldwide growth of aluminum content expected to continue in automotive applications.

 

The Element of Sustainability

Conducted by the Aluminum Association
Industry Sustainability Study
 

The report highlights the improvements in efficiency, lower emission and green products over the past 20 years in North America.