Every once in a while, a modern storyteller will encourage readers to consider how the would change if something in the past had shifted in a different direction. This genre is called Alternate History, and there are literally thousands of works on the market that explore these subjects.
Monthly archive for November 2016
CAFE Standards Help Save Money All Around. Much has been written in recent days about the state of the U.S. economy. While we are certainly not a poor nation, if we compare ourselves now to ourselves in days gone by, we’re not doing as well as we have in the past.
But our situation is not hopeless.
In 2015, Ford’s F-150 was the first high-volume vehicle produced with an aluminum frame, reducing the F-150’s weight by 700 pounds. Since then, the need for strong, lightweight material is driving a significant increase in the use of hydroformed aluminum to make automobiles that are both fuel and cost efficient while retaining key safety features.
Last October we posted a piece looking at the potential for growth in the metal stamping industry, Though Struggles Exist, Hydroforming and Metal Stamping Thrive. One year later, we can say our prediction was correct.
Automotive metal stamping demand in commercial vehicles was valued at over $20 billion in 2015, according to a new Research and Markets report. Furthermore, demand for metal stamping in parts manufacturing and body work in commercial vehicles is expected to grow over the next eight years to reach over $112 billion by 2024.