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Automotive Aluminium set to increase

aluminium body shells
New report indicates big rise in aluminium over the next decade.

A study carried out by Ducker Worldwide, forecasts the aluminium content in cars to increase by up to 30% over the next ten years.

The growth will mainly come from rolled and extruded products, where auto body sheet leads the growth with an expected increase of 110% over the same period. The growth is largely attributed to aluminium’s role in reducing weight, thereby contributing to low emission mobility.

The amount of aluminium used in cars is expected to see a significant increase by 2025, according to a study recently published by consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide. The study, commissioned by European Aluminium, predicts that the aluminium content of cars produced in Europe could reach nearly 200 kg per vehicle by 2025, up from 150 kg today.

“We expect the aluminium content in cars to continue its growth trajectory by as much as 30% in the next ten years,” stated Wouter Vogelaar from Ducker Worldwide. “Although we find total content growth in all forming processes, rolled and extruded products have been particularly identified as replacing steel in many instances for products used in body closures and body structures. For example, we expect the use of auto body sheet to double over the next decade.”

Carmakers’ preference for aluminium is largely linked to its lightweight nature, contributing to CO2 reduction. Due to its inherent strength and its excellent ability to absorb crash energy, well-engineered aluminium car parts can be both safer than steel and up to 50% lighter. Lighter cars substantially contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency. In fact, using 200 kg of aluminium in a car could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 16 grams per kilometre travelled. With the 2014 average at 123g/km, increasing the aluminium content in cars could play a significant role in enabling the EU to achieve its target of 95g/km by 2021.

“Without lightweight cars there can be no energy efficient mobility. Aluminium is therefore an integral part of the EU’s transition to a low carbon society,” said Dieter Höll, Chairman of the Automotive & Transport Board at European Aluminium. “We hope the European Commission’s strategy to decarbonise transport will stress the benefits of lightweight materials such as aluminium.”

Ducker Worldwide also found that the share of rolled products grew significantly in the last four years due to the increased penetration rate for body closures and body structures. The share of forgings and extrusions in the total aluminium consumption remained relatively stable.

Editor’s comment: Added value from aluminium in hulks should be a positive for the industry but it’s worth bearing in mind that carbon fibre, which is even lighter and stronger will be snapping at aluminium’s heals, and that doesn’t currently offer any financial benefits to the dismantler.

You can find further details on Ducker Worldwide’s website.;

October 2016

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