MONTERREY, Mexico Ford Motor Co. plans to manufacture
its vehicles using ultra-high-strength steels or alternative
materials such as carbon fiber by 2020 to reduce vehicle weight
and cut fuel consumption.
In the automotive industry, were seeing the use of
ultra-high-strength steels such as dual-phase as well as
aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium, Ford purchasing
manager Leonardo Vaquero Negrete told delegates at AMMs
18th annual Mexican Steel Forum in Monterrey.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based company expects to make its cars with
these kinds of materials by the end of 2020, he said.
Such a change would help the company to reduce the weight
of (its) vehicles by about 340 kilograms (750 pounds),
The use of high-strength steels, such as high-strength
low-alloy, dual-phase and boron steel, has helped Ford perform
well in crash tests, according to company data.
Subsidiary Ford Motor Company SA de CV of Mexico City reported
monthly vehicle sales of 82,000 units in 2012, up from 75,000
per month in 2011.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.