DaimlerChrysler AG is solidly behind steel as its material of choice, but nothing is carved in stone, the auto maker’s purchasing chief warns. “We don’t exclude anything,” says Thomas W. Sidlik, management board member responsible for global procurement and supply. “There isn’t anything – purchasing-wise or engineering-wise – we’ve crossed off our list.” DC has gained significant experience with composites and aluminum, Sidlik tells Ward’s in an interview. “There are about six ...

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