COMMENT: Auto industry could drive past aluminium

The push towards lighter cars to comply with emissions regulations has allowed aluminium to take a larger share of the automotive market from steel in recent years, but that push is also what could see aluminium parts replaced with still lighter materials.

Emissions regulations are not going away. And given how unethical some carmakers have proved to be in terms of complying with such regulations, they will only get stricter.

Aluminium is lighter than steel. But magnesium is lighter than aluminium. And carbon fibre is lighter than magnesium. Aluminium has been through a period of intense progress in vehicle development, with new alloys...

Published

Jethro Wookey

May 22, 2016

15:00 GMT

London