Liburdi Engineering, a Toronto, Canada-area company with a high-flying reputation in aerospace has interested at least five automakers because of its welded aluminum blanks. Currently a staple of the steel industry, so-called tailor-welded blanks “are very well-established on the steel side,” says Liburdi president Joe Liburdi. The metallic version of a patchwork quilt, welded blanks consist of thicker sections welded to lighter, thinner ones. Where strength is critical, such as the ...

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