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
"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.