Aluminum industry girds for auto battle

Sep 19, 2013 | 03:28 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  aluminum, Aluminum Extruders Council, AEC, Management Conference, Lynn Brown, automotive, vehicle content, steel high-strength steel

CHICAGO — Aluminum extruders are poised to benefit from a surge in demand from the automotive sector, but they must be vigilant against the threat posed by competing materials, especially high-strength steels, according to an Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) consultant.

In the light vehicle market alone, aluminum extruders could see demand increase by 300 million pounds annually by 2025, with per-vehicle content expected to jump to between 38 to 39 pounds from 13.7 pounds last year, said Lynn Brown, citing data from Troy, Mich.-based market research firm Ducker Worldwide LLC. Additional growth, albeit on a smaller scale, should come from the commercial truck sector and even farm equipment, he said. ....





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