Steel-aluminum solidarity key to successful auto recycling

Nov 05, 2007 | 03:29 AM | Scott Robertson

Steel and aluminum continue to battle for share in the U.S. automotive market, but when it comes to recycling and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, cooperation between competing materials will be the key to future success.

Panelists who discussed the topic of recycling during AMM's Auto Steel & Metals Conference in Nashville, Tenn., said there is plenty of opportunity for steel and aluminum to reduce vehicle weight yet gain market share, while at the same time focusing on reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Misha Riveros-Jacobson, president of Alcoa Auto and Truck Structures, spoke on behalf of the Aluminum Association's Auto and Light Truck Group. Vehicle weights are estimated to be reduced by only about 2 percent—dropping from an average of about 4,100-pounds per vehicle to 4,000-pounds—from 2005-2015, she said.

"That is really not a lot," she said. "To go from 4,100 pounds to 4,000 pounds is not an appreciable reduction."....

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