Aluminium is much less costly than many other metals used in the automotive industry, and is totally recyclable and eco-sustainable, in line with the latest industrial requirements.
Metallurgical knowledge lies behind the growing use of aluminium in latest-generation car production. The characteristics of lightweight alloys have long held the key to effective weight reduction, and also include better formability and corrosion resistance. The use of aluminium alloys also meets the world’s increasing need for economically sustainable recyclability.
The automotive industry has always been a driving force behind Research & Development relating to aluminium alloys, and this is true now more than ever because of the industry’s pressing need to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The low density of lightweight alloys has always aroused the interest of manufacturers of all types of vehicle, but sustainable weight reduction based on the use of aluminium has become a top priority in recent years, made possible by innovations in materials science, production methods, processing techniques and the adoption of design criteria tailored to the use of aluminium alloys.
Aluminium is therefore the best way to produce lighter cars that use less fuel and therefore emit significantly less CO2 into the atmosphere.