New research shows that the future of automotive aluminum sheet demand will grow at an unprecedented rate. 2014 and 2015 is considered to be an turning point that steering the automotive industry from the traditional steel to other lightweight materials and aluminum sheet, including the use of aluminum sheet instead of advanced high strength steels (AHSS).
Promote energy saving in the global situation, the lightweight technology of the automobile industry brought to the agenda. Automobile cover of aluminum alloy sheet is a simple and effective way to reduce the weight. Automotive aluminum sheet high-end aluminum species in one, because of its performance (shaping, connections, etc.) and surface quality of the stringent requirements, but also to the processing of raw materials made finer control management requirements.
Overall, the use of aluminum sheet and other lightweight materials will become a significant feature of heavy vehicles, such as pickup, SUV and so on. The AHSS is likely to continue in light vehicles in use, this can reduce the body weight of about 100 kg.
The use of aluminum sheet in automobiles processing of raw materials and production processes impact on the environment, but in the use phase will reduce the environmental impact. The most critical thing is that the entire life cycle of the cars with the use of aluminum will reduce the impact of environment. Thus, in the automotive industry, using aluminum sheet instead of steel will continue be the develop trend.
2012--2015 years, the North American light vehicle aluminum consumption grew by 28% (growth of automobile production and the growth of the aluminum material content). 2025, pickup body portion 75% of the train will be composed of aluminum material, large cars 24%, SUV22%, 18% other small vehicles.
The popularity of the automobile industry is the development and application of energy, environmental protection and safety of these three issues are closely related. Although the car as a symbol of modernization and social development, social progress and brought prosperity, but also brought energy, environmental protection, transportation, land and other issues. Undoubtedly, these require the auto industry itself and related industries to explore joint research to be resolved.
Most of the domestic automobile industry, aluminum production companies do not have the background and related technology base, still in imitation stage abroad, the theoretical mechanism and technically at a disadvantage.
North American and European automotive aluminum content will be the highest, in addition to Asia (especially China) is still the largest market for lightweight vehicles.