MORE ALUMINIUM THAN EVER IN CARS:

NEW CHANCES FOR THE ITALIAN EXPORT TRADE AT THE FARO CLUB

Whatever the manufacturing site or country, the vehicles of the days to come will be made of a mix of materials where aluminium plays the leading role. This is what emerged from the last FARO Club meeting held at the iconic Ferrari Museum in Maranello (Modena) where light metal and the new chances for the Made-in-Italy export trade were the topics dealt with over two days. This year the average content of aluminium per vehicle will most probably be 151 kg, in 2020 160/170 kg or more, to reach 180/200 kg in 2025 with peaks of almost 230 kg in the USA, where SUVs and pick-up trucks use even more. Also emerging markets will become consumers of large aluminium quantities: an example is Iran, meaning to boost its activities in the carmaking sector, as declared by Mohamad Reza Najafi Manesh of the Iranian Auto Parts Manufacturers Association while talking of the Iranian national plan to produce about 3 million vehicle within 2025, 75% of which to be sold on the domestic market. This plan also includes the production of 120,000 commercial vehicles, a fourth of which for exportation. Last but not least, the Iranian manufacturers will have to ensure 50% of their production against USD 8-million total investment. The turnover of car components is expected to reach USD 25 billion, plus USD 6 billion of export trade. As a general rule, the car business still is a healthy sector despite the BRIC markets decline. And the Italian aluminium production chain holds the pole position…

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