TITLE

Process opening new applications for aluminum

AUTHOR(S)
Miel, Rhoda
PUB. DATE
February 2004
SOURCE
Plastics News;2/2/2004, Vol. 15 Issue 48, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
With General Motors Corp.'s introduction of a proprietary aluminum-forming system it calls quick plastic forming, the car-maker is signaling that it plans to use the lightweight alloy for more auto body applications, especially in the low-volume vehicle category that is composites' specialty. The system's sweet spot will be in vehicles selling less than 100,000 units annually. Quick plastic forming refines the superplastic aluminum system— used for years in the aerospace industry, making it affordable for the auto industry. Traditionally, composites have had a difficult time getting onto GM vehicles, with the notable exception of halo vehicles such as the Chevrolet Corvette and the new Cadillac XLR. With the car-maker opening its design and production doors for aluminum as an alternative material, composites also may find eased entry, said White, who also is a vice president with Dearborn, Michigan.
ACCESSION #
12205351

 

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