Novelis, based out of Atlanta, is the largest supplier of aluminum sheet to the auto industry, counting Ford, Audi and Jaguar among its clients. It's owned by Mumbai, India-based metals company Hindalco, the world's largest producer of aluminum sheet, and company reps see the aluminum market and their place in it expanding. In June, Novelis' VP of global recycling forecast carmaker demand for aluminum sheet to increase five-fold by 2020. The managing director at Hindalco said the company expected its own sales to rise three-fold, driven by the race to better fuel economy and lower emissions.

The demand for more will increase after that, according to another Novelis exec, with the weight of all aluminum content – such as sheet, plate, extrusions, foil – in global light vehicle production to approach 35 billion pounds by 2025. Today, aluminum weight for annual global vehicle production is only seven billion pounds according to market research firm Ducker Worldwide and the The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transport Group, with "guaranteed" growth for the next 50 years. With demand already outstripping supply, you can expect an accelerated and guaranteed growth in the prices of new cars as well.


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      Technoir
      • 4 Months Ago

      How about reinforced plastics? Would that save any weight? 

        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Technoir

        You mean CRFP? If so, remember this is a pickup truck and not a Lamborghini...

          ed_rc
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Bernard

          There are alternatives to CFRP, like SMC (Corvette Fenders, Tacoma Deck, Ford Raptor fender) or TPO exterior panel reinforced by Glass filled Inners (Nissan/Infinity SUVs)

          Technoir
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Bernard

          How does SMC compare to fiberglass or alu?

      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Months Ago

      Kind of makes you wonder how long it will take for thieves to figure out how to cut out/off aluminum to sell as scrap!

      Not as good as Cu, but still better than plain steel.

      PeterScott
      • 4 Months Ago


      The F150 going Aluminum will probably get close to that alone. It is the most popular vehicle in the USA and it uses a lot of metal. But if this drives up the price of Aluminum, it might slow adoption by others.

        Andrew Pappas
        • 4 Months Ago
        @PeterScott

        Aluminum is plentiful, but expensive to extract.  This should cause increased production.


        It will likely cause a brief rise in costs...but it will hopefully reduce cost over time.


        I would assume that Ford has already lined up suppliers for the needed aluminum.  All the other suppliers are probably watching it closely and getting ready to provide for the other brands quickly or be left behind.

          SloopJohnB
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Andrew Pappas

          Much of aluminum is recycled.  Some 55% of aluminum cans, etc. in 2012…I think the same will happen for aluminum in cars/trucks even though EPA says Al is only 1.4% (3.4M tons) of the municipal solid waste stream and this does not include automobile aluminum even though in 2012 about 1.7M tons were used to make stuff like appliances and automobile parts.  The Ford aluminum use will likely not cause a significant increase.

      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Months Ago

      I really don't know if I will buy an aluminium car in 2022. Anyway I will buy a used car in 2022 something like a 2014 to 2017 and nobody talk to put aluminium in cheap car for 2017 and also I don't want to pay a high price.

      ed_rc
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Automotive Grade"?????? I thought Ford said it was "Mnilitary Grade". Whatever the hell "military grade" means
      Raymond Michael
      • 4 Months Ago

      Aluminum uses a lot of electricity to refine it. Electricity is still predominantly supplied by coal and  natural gas, with hydroelectric, nuclear, solar and wind produucing far smaller propoertions of it.  One has to wonder why the scientists and economists don't count the cost and carbon foot print made by producing an alluminum body for vehicles to increase mpg by having a lighter vehicle. My 1980 VW Rabbit diesel gets 55 mpg which still beats almost every gasoline powered car on the US market. I didn't pay $90,000.00 for it, and I don't need to spend $7,000.00 on batteries for it every 7-8,000 miles. nor do I worry about having to recharge the car on a long trip. I can travel from Boston to Washinton, D.C. on one tank of fuel and I can carry two 5 gal fuel cans in the trunk without a worry of the fuel blowing up. Diesel fuel burns but is not explosive like gasoline.  It was the most efficient car built and probably still is if you count the cost of buying it, maintenance on it, as well as fuel economy.

        ed_rc
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Raymond Michael

        Your 55mpg (i'd like to see it run the EPA cycle) rabbit is not exactly the poster boy for emissions. PARTICULATE....cough....cough!!!!!!!!

      Charles Robichaud
      • 4 Months Ago

      what's in your safe??? A BUNCH OF CRUSHED BEER CANS DAMN IT!!!

      Chris J
      • 4 Months Ago

      wait till it get hit. totaled every time .

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