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NRC launches $45M automotive lightweighting program

The aim is to develop new aluminium-based manufacturing technology.


WINDSOR, Ont. — The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is launching a new $45-million program to help the automotive industry and other transportation-related manufacturers reduce the weight of cars, trucks, trailers, buses, and trains using aluminum.

The Lightweighting of Ground Transportation Vehicles program will support the development and deployment of advanced technologies to form aluminium into parts for next-generation vehicles. The aim is to reduce overall vehicle weight by 10% within the next eight years.

NRC also announced to an audience of automakers at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) annual conference in Windsor, Ont. June 6 a new research and development consortium that will bring together industry partners from all areas of the manufacturing supply chain to address issues in advanced aluminium shaping, aluminium durability, and parts assembly.

This program and consortium address an immediate industry need to meet strict new fuel efficiency requirements such as the American CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) regulations to reach 54.5 mpg (4.3 litre per 100 kilometres) average fuel economy by 2025.