Auto aluminum ‘holy grail’ not without risks
Mar 19, 2014 | 03:12 PM
| Michael Cowden
CORAL GABLES, Fla. The aluminum industry and aluminum extruders should see big benefits as cars and trucks use more of the light metal because of stricter fuel economy standards, according to one consultant.
But the holy grail of mass-produced aluminum vehicles wont come without significant risks, including potential overcapacity, an extremely tight scrap market, fierce competition from steel and fickle consumers, Kevin Moore, president of Clarkston, Mich.-based All Raw Materials Consulting, said March 19 at the Aluminum Extruders Councils annual meeting in Coral Gables.
The average amount of aluminum per vehicle should jump to between 550 and 650 pounds by 2025 from 364 pounds last year, Moore said.
Aluminum sheet will see the lions share of that growth, but extrusions will benefit too, he said, noting that North American vehicles are expected to each sport an average of 49 pounds of aluminum extrusions by 2025, up 81.5 percent from about 27 pounds last year. That is a huge growth, he said.....
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