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Welcome to the June 2018 edition of AluDrive, the automotive and transport newsletter from European Aluminium sponsored by Alcoa, Aleris, AMAG, Arconic, Assan, Constellium, Hydro, Novelis, Raffmetal, Rio Tinto and Trimet.
Information related to the new General Data Protection Regulation is given at the end of this newsletter.
Aluminium Gives Boost to Electric Taxi Program
London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has developed an all-new zero-emissions capable taxi, the TX, with an aluminium frame. The use of Novelis AdvanzTM lightweight aluminium sheet for the upper body and the motor hood helps reduce weight and boost the driving range for LEVC. 
LEVC aims to produce thousands of vehicles a year in order to tackle the air quality crisis in cities around the world. The latest construction techniques have been used to build a taxi that is lighter, more fuel efficient, and better to  drive – while still meeting the rigorous demands and life expectancy of a purpose-built taxi. The TX will run for approximately 110 kilometers on a full battery charge  before switching to a petrol engine for an additional 480 kilometers.
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New JV to bring emission-free aluminum smelting technology to the market
In the beginning of May, Alcoa and Rio Tinto announced a revolutionary process to make primary aluminum that produces oxygen and eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process.

The technology has been producing metal at the Alcoa Technical Center, near Pittsburgh in the United States, at different scales since 2009. The core of  the technology is an anode made of breakthrough proprietary materials.                           
To advance larger scale development and commercialization of the new process, Elysis, a joint venture company with plans to start selling a technology package beginning  of 2024 has been formed. The technology can be used to retrofit existing smelters or build new facilities. 
Other investors include the governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as Apple.

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Integration of LBM-structures in high pressure die casting components
The project “CastAutoGen” shows that the combination of the High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC)-process with the Laser Beam Melting (LMB)-process offers completely new possibilities for the both processes.
In this concrete example a component should be manufactured in different geometry variants. The geometry variants are limited to the defined area of the retaining element. This situation offers ideal conditions for creating the main component as a standard-HPDC-component in which the variable retaining element is integrated as a LBM-structure.  For the production of different geometry variants only one die is necessary.

This issue is part of the BMBF funded cooperative project “CastAutoGen” in which the following partners are involved: Audi AG (associated partner), citim GmbH, EDAG Engineering GmbH, Fraunhofer Institite IWU + IWS, TRIMET Automotive Holding GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG (associated partner).

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Automotive Lightweight Summit - Frankfurt June 20-21
Hydro is hosting an invitation-only Automotive Lightweight Summit in Frankfurt on June 20-21. The meeting will gather key people who share an interest in aluminium design solutions for the automotive industry – in sustainable development through innovation. 

Providing this platform, Hydro takes on its role as an influencer and ambassador for aluminium products for the whole industry.

Driving future solutions will include high-level speakers from the automotive industry, the European Union and from academia. Dr. Mark White is scheduled as keynote speaker. Among those who will join White are automotive analyst Mario Franjicevic and European Aluminium’s Patrik Ragnarsson. 
Hydro will also present and discuss the latest aluminium solutions, including developments in alloys and surface finish. More information is available on
Expanding aluminium truck wheel manufacturing contributing to
lower emissions from commercial transportation

Arconic recently broke ground on a new wheel manufacturing plant at its Arconic-Köfém Kft., Hungary, site. The new facility will significantly expand Arconic’s capacity to produce forged aluminium Alcoa® Wheels, the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck and bus wheels, helping customers increase payload while saving fuel and reducing maintenance. 

Alcoa Wheels are made from one piece of fully forged aluminium. Every wheel starts as a single block of high-strength aluminium alloy. With an 8000 tons press, the block is forged into a wheel shape. Once forged, the wheels are heat-treated to maximize overall mechanical strengths.
Forged aluminium wheels cut the carbon footprint of buses and commercial vehicles. Replacing 10 steel wheels with forged aluminium wheels on a 3-axle diesel articulated city bus cuts 5 tons of CO2 emissions over the 12 year lifetime of the bus and 750000 km while replacing 12 steel wheels with forged aluminium wheels on a 2-axle truck and 3-axle trailer cuts 4 tons of CO2 emissions over the lifetime of truck (2x5 years) and trailer (10 years) and 1300000 km. 
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