Despite lean times for North American auto makers, and the automotive industry in general, the use of lightweight aluminum in vehicles shows little sign of letting up, says Tom Gannon, chairman of the Aluminum Assn. Inc.'s (AAI) auto and light truck group. By 2008, Gannon predicts that the amount of aluminum in North American vehicles, currently about 280 lbs. (127 kg), will continue to rise 2.5%-3.5% annually and ultimately will replace iron as the second most-used material in automotive ...

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