Civic Structure: Honda project lead talks Civic steel content, laser brazing at GDIS

Novi, Michigan — More OEM material strategy tidbits are emerging from the Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) symposium that took place in mid-May, including a presentation from a Honda project leader that delved into some of the decisions made on the 2022 Civic’s unique body structure. New model local project leader at Honda Development and […]

Rogue’s Gallery: Nissan engineer delves into Rogue body material strategy

Franklin, Tennessee— A senior engineer at Nissan pulled back the curtain on the body materials that drive the third-generation Nissan Rogue SUV at this year’s Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) symposium in Novi, Mich. Repairers may already know this, but the third-generation Rogue, first introduced in 2021, contains a great deal more advanced high-strength steel […]

Platform Pioneers: Polestar 5 will feature bonded aluminum platform

Toronto, Ontario — Welders beware; Swedish automaker Polestar has announced the Polestar 5 electric vehicle which features a bonded aluminum platform. The company says the new feature will help streamline the manufacturing process, allowing vehicle bodies and platforms to be produced in unison. Polestar says the technology was developed in-house by more than 280 engineers […]

Same Body, New Heart: Constellium SE to provide aluminum parts for F-150 Lightning EV

Toronto, Ontario — Ford has announced that France-based aluminum supplier Constellium SE will be providing structural components for the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning that will go on sale in the spring of 2022. The Lightning will follow the lead of previous F-150 models in its extensive use of high-strength aluminum parts. Constellium has been supplying […]

Hon-Da Way to Greatness: Latest Guild 21 webinar talks “All Things Honda”

Toronto, Ontario — “All Things Honda” was the topic of discussion at this month’s Guild 21 webinar as George, Micki and Gabriel were joined by three of the OEM’s top collision repair experts to talk about some changes in the Honda world. This latest Guild 21 presentation featured Scott Kaboos, Dane Rounkles and John Chambers: […]

Automotive Acoustics: MSC exec says ‘Quiet Aluminum’ product gaining momentum in EVs

Toronto, Ontario — You may not be able to hear them coming, but make sure you aren’t sleeping on the moves being made by the Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) in the development of their innovative “Quiet Aluminum” product, which has reportedly been gaining momentum in the electric vehicles sector. The company’s CTO, Matt Murphy, delved […]

Tuesday Ticker: June 5, 2018

Donald Trump's surprise announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum has spurred a market dip and the announcement of a dollar-for-dollar retaliation by the Canadian government.

Toronto, Ontario — June 5, 2018 — In this week’s Tuesday Ticker, Trump’s terrifying tariffs and much, much more. Aluminum and Steel The global market for the two basic auto body materials, steel and aluminum, is undergoing a profound bit of volatility. Trump’s imposition of new tariffs on the two most important automotive materials, which have […]

Third-generation steel to improve driver visibility

By CRM Staff   Toronto, Ontario — April 27, 2018 — Another breed of steel may be entering your facility soon. Fender Bender recently reported on a new “third-generation steel” to improve driver visibility. In light of aluminum becoming increasingly prominent in modern vehicle design, the U.S. steel industry has begun to develop a third-generation […]

New improved aluminum could have exterior structural vehicle applications

Sichuang Xue (left) Purdue postdoctoral research associate and Qiang Li (right), Purdue doctoral student preparing a sample to create super-strong aluminum alloys (image courtesy of Purdue).

By CRM Staff    West Lafayette, Indiana — February 20, 2018 — New research from Purdue University has found that the microstructure of aluminum can be manipulated in order to increase its strength and ductility. The improved aluminum showed strength equivalent to stainless steel.   Xinghang Zhang, professor of materials engineering at Purdue said, according […]