LONDON Aluminum rolled products producer Novelis Inc. and a subsidiary of steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG have signed a cooperation agreement to produce aluminum parts for the automotive industry.
Novelis and ThyssenKrupp Tailored Blanks, which produces a combination of steel sheets, will produce individual aluminum sheets of different grades, thicknesses and coatings that can be joined to produce customized stamping blanks used by automakers for the production of lightweight body parts such as doors and hoods.
"The targeted use of materials in tailored aluminum blanks allows for the elimination of reinforcements and overlapping joints that would otherwise be required, thus saving material, reducing total weight and cutting cost," Novelis said May 22. The company added that the use of tailored blanks also can lead to higher safety standards due to the selective use of high-strength aluminum alloys.
"The product range of tailored aluminum blanks connects for the first time the extensive potential for lightweight aluminum with the engineering service of tailoring the body and chassis design on a mass scale," Rudolf Helldobler, chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Tailored Blanks, said in a statement.
A version of this story was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.