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  • Figure 1. The 45 MN, 10 inch direct press was designed with the demands of the automotive industry in mind.

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    Hydro Cressona Serves Automotive Industry with New Highly Automated Press Line

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. The Hydro Extrusion North America facility in Cressona, PA, has been in operation since 1942, when it was commissioned by the U.S. government to support World War II efforts. Today, the over 1.6 million sq ft site has ten direct and indirect extrusion presses, ranging in sizes from 10 to […]

  • Jaguar I-Pace outside charging - electric vehicles drive aluminum demand

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    Aluminum Continues Unprecedented Growth in Automotive Applications

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Demand for aluminum in the automotive industry is continuing its growth trajectory, according to a new report from DuckerFrontier, 2020 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content and Outlook. The report notes that aluminum content is expected to grow to 514 lbs per vehicle by 2026, up by 12% from 2020 […]

  • Figure 1. The Ellwood Aluminum team standing in the company’s new aluminum casthouse.

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    ARTICLE: Ellwood Embarks on a Journey to the Lighter Side with New Aluminum Casting Complex

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Ellwood Aluminum, a division of the 110 year old family-owned steel manufacturer Ellwood Group, has constructed and started up operation of its new secondary aluminum casthouse in Hubbard, Ohio (Figure 1). The new facility, which represents the company’s first entry into aluminum melting and casting, enables them to diversify their […]

  • Additive manufacturing with 7A77.60L aluminum alloy: An HRL scientist completes visual inspection of 3D-printed micro-thrusters after build completion .

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    ARTICLE: A True Reinvention of Metallurgy – HRL Develops High Strength Aluminum Alloy Powders for Additive Manufacturing

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. HRL Laboratories is a science, technology and engineering company that was first founded by Howard Hughes in 1948 under the name Hughes Research Laboratories. Renamed HRL Laboratories, LLC in 1997, the company is currently owned by Boeing and General Motors, with two facilities located in Malibu and Calabasas, CA. The […]

  • Astronaut Edwin E."Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon.

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    50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – Mission to the Moon Made Possible with Aluminum

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission culminated in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon — a mission decades in the making and which effectively ended the Space Race. Getting to the Moon required the development of new advanced technologies under Project […]

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    The Future is Electric

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Conventional combustion engine vehicles may be phased out over the next two decades. The U.K., France, and Norway announced that they will ban the sale of fossil-fuel cars in the coming decades, along with China, which is also planning to stop the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles (although no timeline has […]

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    ARTICLE: AACOA Expands to Meet Growing Demand from Automotive and Specialty Markets

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Light Metal Age. To read more articles from this issue, please subscribe. AACOA, Inc., a division of Bonnell Aluminum, is currently completing the installation and startup of the third press at its Niles, MI, facility (Figure 1). The $18 […]