Market Research Report
Materials & Lightweighting: Strategies, Applications, Opportunities - Comprehensive Coverage of the Lightweighting Sector, Technical Analysis, OEM Strategies, Supplier Opportunities
|Published by||Autelligence||Product code||352531|
|Published||Content info||336 Pages
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|Materials & Lightweighting: Strategies, Applications, Opportunities - Comprehensive Coverage of the Lightweighting Sector, Technical Analysis, OEM Strategies, Supplier Opportunities|
|Published: September 1, 2015||Content info: 336 Pages||
Could there be a more critical question as the industry-wide effort to achieve strict new fuel-efficiency standards shifts to hyperspeed?
“Materials & lightweighting: strategies, applications, opportunities” explores technical and production features of a wide variety of new materials that carmakers are turning to in the effort to meet lightweighting goals.
The complexity is enormous, but the risk/reward ratio is high and suppliers that have mastered the details of efficient manufacturing enjoy a measurable advantage.
This comprehensive report examines the technical and strategic challenges of achieving stringent fuel economy standards through weight reduction. It is a deep-dive that covers everything from cost management to the processing of high-tech steels, aluminum alloys magnesium and titanium.
Included are analytical comparisons of the use of materials from quality, manufacturing and cost perspectives.
“If you look at the various technologies that the industry is pursuing to meet the future standards ... lightweighting is clearly leading.” - Jeff Sternberg, technology director of DuPont Automotive
The key issue? A growing number of global OEMs are following a manufacturing strategy that calls for multiple brands and models based on a small number of platforms. Thus, feature content has become a way to distinguish brands and avoid the consumer drift to lower margin brands and models.
This results in a significant challenge as increases in weight and size are no longer possible and weight offsets become essential. Weight and size increases are no longer a tolerable sacrifice.
However, it also presents a tremendous opportunity for companies that master new materials understanding and manufacturing.
The cost of improving gasoline engine efficiency by 25% is estimated by the International Energy Agency to be about USD 1,000 per car, while diesel costs are even higher. Weight reduction holds the potential of significant fuel economy improvements at a cost that is now becoming operable.
This comprehensive report answers technical questions, outlines the strategies for each OEM, suggests opportunities for suppliers, and provides 36 detailed company profiles.
Advanced steel development expressed in terms of tensile strength
Alistair Hill started his career in production and project management having graduated as a metallurgist from the University of Aston in Birmingham. He then moved into industrial market analysis and senior marketing roles within the truck industry supply sector. He became a consultant for Knibb Gormezano & Partners in the mid-1990s and began a long history of automotive and commercial vehicle sector analysis working for a wide range of clients including OEMs, suppliers and analytical companies. He has spoken on a wide range of technical subjects at conferences around the world and is actively involved in science and technology development in his adopted country of New Zealand.