Future of Lightweight Metals in the Automotive Sector

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  • 54 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Growth Opportunities for Lightweight Metals in Automotive Industry are Driven by Strict Regulations for Reduction in CO2 Emissions

Global trends targeted towards more energy efficient vehicles driven by the strict legislations regarding reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are putting pressure on the car OEMs. In order to achieve higher energy-efficiency and meet the legislative requirements, lighter cars must be built. One of the ways to achieve the lightweighting is to replace conventionally used materials such as traditional steel with lighter metal alloys, with no compromise in the materials’ performance.

This research service titled “Future of Lightweight Metals in the Automotive Sector” discusses the possibilities of introducing novel lightweight metals into car design and the benefits it can bring towards lighter, safer, and less emissive cars. We present a benchmarking analysis of metal alloys: aluminum, magnesium, beryllium, titanium, and advanced high-strength steel (AHSSS) and their potential use in the car design.

The key properties of each material that act as indicators for performance factors are identified and presented in detail. Application scope within the car is assessed, indicating which elements can be potentially replaced with aforementioned metals. Assessment of needs from different application segments in automotive industry is carried out in order to identify the gaps and assess the future opportunities.

A listing of key innovations, best practice examples, stakeholder initiatives, and patent filing trends in automotive industries is included to give an indication of the road ahead for novel materials and its’ manufacturing techniques to watch.

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1. Executive Summary
1.1. Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Adoption Potential for Advanced Metal Alloys Expected to Rise Steadily

2. Lightweighting –Key Priority of the Automotive Sector
2.1. Automotive Sector Working Towards Mass Reduction of Vehicles
2.2. Lightweighting Strategies Implemented by OEMs Customized According to Targeted Segments
2.3. OEMs Also Need to Assess the Total Life Cycle Emissions While Implementing Lightweighting Strategies
2.4. Global Regulations in Favour of Lightweighting With EU leading the Way
2.5. Key Drivers in Favor of Vehicle Lightweighting
2.6. Key Challenges for Reduction Of Car Weight
2.7. OEMs Achieve Lightweighting in Multiple Ways
2.8. Advances in Manufacturing and Production Processes Facilitating Automotive Lightweighting
2.9 Additive Manufacturing Gaining Interest as a Production Process as it Enables Customization

3. Lightweight Metals for Automotive Sector- Technology Snapshot
3.1. Overview of Lightweight Metals for Automotive Sector
3.2. Lightweight Metals are Implemented in a Car's Body Reduce its Weight
3.3. Various Metals are Being Considered as a Replacement for Traditional Steel
3.4. Hybrid Materials are Also Being Considered as an Alternative for Traditional Steel
3.5. Aluminum Alloys Lead in Adoption Amongst Various Metals
3.6. Aluminum Alloys Used to Achieve Desired Mechanical and Chemical Properties
3.7. Use of Magnesium Enables High Level of Reduction of Car Weight
3.8. Depending on the Properties, Magnesium Alloys Find Applications in Car Structures
3.9. Titanium to Replace Steel in Highly Specific Applications in the Car Body
3.10 Beryllium is Gaining Interest as a Viable Metal for Use in Small Passenger Cars
3.11 Ultra-high Strength, Lightweight Steel Provides Good Formability Characteristics
3.12 Availability of Wide Range of AHSS Facilitates Tailored Use for Specific Components Within the Vehicle
3.13 High Strength Steel Depending on the Properties can Find Specific Application Within the Car Structure
3.14 Hybrid Materials Developed Using Steel and Aluminum can Improve Material Performance
3.15 Performance Characteristics Influence Adoption in Various Automotive Components

4. Technology Development and Adoption Initiatives
4.1. Funding Initiatives Targeted on Materials’ Processing and Recycling Process on a Global Scale
4.2. Success Stories of Implementation Help Increase Adoption of Lightweight Metals

5. Noteworthy Innovations and Companies to Watch Out
5.1. Technology Development Plays a Key Role in Meeting Industry Requirements
5.2. Stakeholders Focused on Developing Advanced Alloys
5.3. Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Facilitate Quicker Adoption of Various Metals and Alloys

6. Intellectual Property Analysis
6.1. Patent Activity for Lightweight Metals for Automotive Applications is Witnessing Stable Growth
6.2. Metal 3D Printing Has the Highest Patent Activity
6.3. USPTO Continues to Lead in Global Patent Filings with China Gaining Momentum
6.4. Material Suppliers Hold Highest Number of Patents in Applications of Interest

7. Analyst’s Perspectives
7.1. Long-term Transition to Low Emission Mobility Accelerated by Lightweight Metals
7.2. Increasing Performance Requirements Key for Adoption of Alternatives to Steel
7.3. To Achieve Lightweighting Goals, Collaboration Between Stakeholders in Value Chain is Crucial
7.4. Opportunities for Growth Focused on Meeting Customer Requirements and Achieving Emission

8. Key Contacts
8.1. Key Contacts

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