Auto sector eyeing aluminum: Alcoa

Jun 14, 2012 | 04:53 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Alcoa, Randall Scheps, Constellium, Paul Warton, Oliver Bell, Norsk Hydro, Aluminum, steel automotive

NEW YORK — Automakers will continue to look toward aluminum as a solution to lightweighing efforts, with a growing emphasis on non-traditional parts like structures and car bodies, according to Randall Scheps, director of automotive marketing at Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Inc.

"Far and away, the most exciting part of the aluminum industry today is what will happen in automotive over the next five to 10 years," Scheps told attendees at the 2nd Annual Aluminum Summit, hosted by AMM in New York.

Automakers already using the lightweight material to produce heat exchangers, wheels, engine blocks and hoods. Next, Scheps predicts they will use primary aluminum in the fundamental structure of cars—today a component dominated by steel materials.....

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