Steel-aluminum solidarity key to successful auto recycling

Nov 05, 2007 | 06:15 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.

There is plenty of opportunity for steel and aluminum to reduce vehicle weight and gain market share while at the same time help to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, panelists said at AMM's Auto Steel and Metals Conference in Nashville.

Misha Riveros-Jacobson, speaking on behalf of the Aluminum Association's Auto and Light Truck Group, said that vehicle weights are expected 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 to 2015. "That is really not a lot," she said. "It is not an appreciable reduction."....

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