Future of Lightweight Metals in the Automotive Sector

Growth Opportunities for Lightweight Metals in Automotive Industry are Driven by Strict Regulations for Reduction in CO2 Emissions

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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

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1.0 Executive Summary1.1. Research Scope1.2 Research Methodology1.3 Adoption Potential for Advanced Metal Alloys Expected to Rise Steadily2.0 Lightweighting –Key Priority of the Automotive Sector2.1. Automotive Sector Working Towards Mass Reduction of Vehicles2.2. Lightweighting Strategies Implemented by OEMs Customized According to Targeted Segments2.3. 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 Lightweighting2.6. Key Challenges for Reduction Of Car Weight2.7. OEMs Achieve Lightweighting in Multiple Ways2.8. Advances in Manufacturing and Production Processes Facilitating Automotive Lightweighting2.9 Additive Manufacturing Gaining Interest as a Production Process as it Enables Customization3.0 Lightweight Metals for Automotive Sector- Technology Snapshot3.1. Overview of Lightweight Metals for Automotive Sector3.2. Lightweight Metals are Implemented in a Car's Body Reduce its Weight3.3. Various Metals are Being Considered as a Replacement for Traditional Steel3.4. Hybrid Materials are Also Being Considered as an Alternative for Traditional Steel3.5. Aluminum Alloys Lead in Adoption Amongst Various Metals3.6. Aluminum Alloys Used to Achieve Desired Mechanical and Chemical Properties3.7. Use of Magnesium Enables High Level of Reduction of Car Weight3.8. Depending on the Properties, Magnesium Alloys Find Applications in Car Structures3.9. Titanium to Replace Steel in Highly Specific Applications in the Car Body3.10 Beryllium is Gaining Interest as a Viable Metal for Use in Small Passenger Cars3.11 Ultra-high Strength, Lightweight Steel Provides Good Formability Characteristics3.12 Availability of Wide Range of AHSS Facilitates Tailored Use for Specific Components Within the Vehicle3.13 High Strength Steel Depending on the Properties can Find Specific Application Within the Car Structure3.14 Hybrid Materials Developed Using Steel and Aluminum can Improve Material Performance3.15 Performance Characteristics Influence Adoption in Various Automotive Components4.0 Technology Development and Adoption Initiatives4.1. Funding Initiatives Targeted on Materials’ Processing and Recycling Process on a Global Scale4.2. Success Stories of Implementation Help Increase Adoption of Lightweight Metals5.0 Noteworthy Innovations and Companies to Watch Out5.1. Technology Development Plays a Key Role in Meeting Industry Requirements5.2. Stakeholders Focused on Developing Advanced Alloys5.3. Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Facilitate Quicker Adoption of Various Metals and Alloys6.0 Intellectual Property Analysis6.1. Patent Activity for Lightweight Metals for Automotive Applications is Witnessing Stable Growth6.2. Metal 3D Printing Has the Highest Patent Activity6.3. USPTO Continues to Lead in Global Patent Filings with China Gaining Momentum6.4. Material Suppliers Hold Highest Number of Patents in Applications of Interest7.0 Analyst’s Perspectives7.1. Long-term Transition to Low Emission Mobility Accelerated by Lightweight Metals7.2. Increasing Performance Requirements Key for Adoption of Alternatives to Steel7.3. To Achieve Lightweighting Goals, Collaboration Between Stakeholders in Value Chain is Crucial7.4. Opportunities for Growth Focused on Meeting Customer Requirements and Achieving Emission8.0 Key Contacts8.1. Key ContactsLegal Disclaimer




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