"Aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material over competing materials and is entering its most unprecedented growth phase since we've been tracking the shifting mix of automotive materials," noted Abey Abraham of Ducker Worldwide, which conducted a study commissioned by The Aluminum Association. Aluminum use in vehicles manufactured from calendar year 2016 to 2028 is expected to grow from 397 pounds per vehicle (PPV) in 2015 to 565 PPV during the study time frame.
According to the study, total extruded product content, including shapes, tubes, rod and bar will increase from 36 PPV in 2015 to 49 PPV in 2020. Extruded crash management and BIW components are expected to increase 65% and 100% by 2020, respectively. Bumper beam penetration will increase from 33% in 2015 to 54% in 2020. Read more