the north face hedgehog gtx Aluminum dreams face a capacity reality
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. The good news for an industry counting on aluminum to help make vehicles lighter is that aluminum suppliers are spending to create new capacity.
The bad news? The capacity is already gobbled up.
North American suppliers of sheet aluminum are currently running close to 100 percent of capacity, said Tom Boney, vice president of automotive aluminum at Novelis Inc., one of the industry biggest sources of the material.
industry is very close to capacity, and more capacity will be required, Boney said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars on Monday. proud to say we have a solid order book. There no room here for more orders.
Novelis supplies sheet aluminum for the Ford F 150 pickup, the Cadillac CT6 and other models, Boney noted.
By 2025, the average vehicle will use 500 pounds of aluminum, up from 423 pounds in 2014, according to Ducker Worldwide LLC, a research firm in suburban Detroit.
Raw material bottlenecks could slow efforts by North American automakers to shave weight by using more aluminum.
Boney said Novelis is considering supply contracts in 2019.
are clearly talking with all of our customers about what they want to do, he said. has been a leader in this industry. We want to maintain our position. We encourage our readers to voice their opinions and argue their points. We expect disagreement. We do not expect our readers to turn on each other. If we see repeated behavior, we will ban the commenter. Please help us maintain a civil level of discourse.