Magnesium is about to finally start hitting — or even exceeding — growth projections after years of slower than predicted expansion, now that an adequate amount of research and development has been completed on the metal, observers say. And its growth will come in unexpected applications at the expense of aluminum, plastic and steel, a top Ford Motor Co. executive predicts. “It's going to take off at a pretty good rate around 2002,” says Ford's Tom Sweder, manager-weight engineering, ...

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