Sustainability in automotive manufacturing has focused on promising materials like aluminum and magnesium to meet CAFÉ efficiency standards. With goals to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, lightweighting with durable materials like aluminum has become common practice for leading automotive manufacturers and parts suppliers.
Will Magnesium Become a Force to Be Reckoned with in Automotive Manufacturing?
Magnesium in auto manufacturing is still very much in its beginning stages. Groups like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cite challenges such as the lack of quality data available for sophisticated modeling as the main reason why it’s not widely used in manufacturing. The use of magnesium car components in automotive manufacturing has grown 12 percent over the last decade according to some reports.
CAFE Compliance: Aluminum-based Programs Continues to Grow in Automotive Industry
Aluminum remains among the most popular materials used for lightweighting. The resilient metal will be a key material used in 70 percent of pickup trucks by 2025, one report states. It is estimated that nearly 27 percent of the typical vehicle will be comprised of aluminum. Forecasts suggest nearly every leading car manufacturer will have at least one aluminum-based car program in place. Every pound of aluminum not used in manufacturing can reduce CO2 emissions throughout the life of the car, notes Randall Scheps of the Aluminum Transportation Group.
Dixien LLC has been producing aluminum automotive parts and assemblies for leading brands for 40 years. We are in the process of preparing for the next wave of lightweight materials to be introduced into the marketplace. Dixien is committed to producing quality, CAFE-compliant components that add value while meeting performance standards.