ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The aluminum industry in the United States and Canada saw year-over-year demand growth of 5.0 percent through the end of 2014. This according to preliminary data released today in the Aluminum Association’s monthly “Situation Report.” The estimated 25.5 billion pounds of aluminum shipped by North American producers and fabricators last year is the largest shipment total for the industry since 2006.
Ford’s aluminum F-150 was one of the big stars today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, taking the prize for truck of the year.
The F-150’s aluminum body cuts about 700 pounds off the truck’s weight. A report from NPR’s Sonari Glinton says the F-150 is Ford’s most important vehicle, and quotes Aaron Bragman, Detroit bureau chief for Cars.com, as saying the automaker’s move to aluminum is one of the biggest gambles in the auto industry in years.
The lighter body weight is important because automakers will have to adjust to stricter fuel efficiency standards. Forbes says Ford’s redesigned truck will get about 26 miles per gallon on the highway.