aluminum

Novelis Debuts New Aluminum for Automakers

Novelis Inc. has announced its strongest automotive aluminum product to date, Novelis AdvanzTM 7UHS-s701. The technologically advanced, ultra-high-strength material is now available commercially to the global automotive industry.

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The product offers lightweighting potential of up to 40% over existing ultra-high strength, hot-formed steel solutions. It is designed for safety-critical structural applications in passenger vehicles that require high in-service strengths such as A and B pillar reinforcements and side impact door beams. Commercial vehicles and electric vehicles will also benefit from using this material, as it offers mass reduction to enable increased payload and longer battery range, while still meeting all crash, loading and overall design requirements.

“The s701 technology represents the future of high-strength material in automotive applications and offers a clear alternative to the most advanced high-strength steel products,” said Philippe Meyer, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Novelis Inc. “Aluminum is already

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Novelis debuts ‘ultra-high-strength’ aluminum – Recycling Today

Aluminum scrap continues to enjoy strong demand as of mid-February, with one trader who’s based in the Midwest saying primary mills are actively buying on the spot market. He says that is different than in the recent past, when these mills purchased much of their scrap based on contracts.

He attributes the increased spot buying in part to primary mills determining that the spreads in recent years did not make it advantageous to engage in contracts. “Demand is pretty strong as well,” he adds.

The trader says even secondary mills are offering more for aluminum scrap. “That tells me housing starts and automotive are strong,” he says.

One potential concern for aluminum producers and the scrap dealers who supply them is the automotive production problems that have arisen because of the semiconductor shortage. In 2020, the automotive industry experienced fluctuations in production and demand related to the pandemic, reducing its

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