GM plans to increase use of aluminum in pickups

Feb 19, 2014 | 05:18 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  General Motors, Ford Motor, Alcoa, Novelis, aluminum, pickups, automotive, Steel Market Development Institute Marco Palmieri

NEW YORK — General Motors Co. has signed supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. ahead of plans to increase the use of aluminum sheet in its next-generation pickup trucks by late 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The move marks a major shift in the use of aluminum sheet in domestic automotive manufacturing and further bolsters the notion that lightweighting has become the single-most important factor for automakers looking to meet federal fuel-efficiency standards.

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. unveiled its aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 last month (, Jan. 13). "It’s a changeover to our manufacturing facilities, our stamping plants and body construction facilities and assembly plants. But we’ve got a lot of experience in aluminum already," Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president for product development, told AMM during the unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "We’re spending over $1 billion at the Kansas City plant (in Missouri) for the Ford Transit and the F-150."....

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