Advanced bonding driving aluminum use in autos: analyst

May 13, 2014 | 04:01 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  aluminum, aluminum sheet, Alcoa, Ford Motor, Chrysler Group, automotive sheet, Jeep Wrangler, Josh W. Sullivan Sterne Agee Group

NEW YORK — The automotive industry is headed toward an aluminum adoption curve that will exceed current expectations and benefit aluminum producers who utilize advanced bonding technologies, according to an analyst at Sterne Agee Group Inc.

The "aluminum adoption curve continues to flatten as economies of scale are reached and new technology development (smaller engines, shocks and other components) perpetuate acceptance. The inclusion of the smaller Wrangler is a key step in this industry adoption," Josh W. Sullivan said in a May 12 research note, referencing Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC’s recent announcement about the possibility of increased usage....

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