The Dow Chemical Co.'s recent decision to license its magnesium technology may draw little direct interest from the automotive industry. But one Ford Motor Co. executive believes it opens the door to a possible coalition among automakers that would support the development and research of magnesium through a chain of Tier I suppliers, die casters and universities. T.A. (Tom) Sweder, manager of weight engineering-advanced vehicle technology, stresses that the coalition remains just the ...

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