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This Morning in Metals: Novelis unveils high-strength automotive aluminum

This morning in metals news: Novelis announced the commercial availability of a new class of high-strength automotive aluminum; meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey updated its Mineral…

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This morning in metals news: Novelis announced the commercial availability of a new class of high-strength automotive aluminum; meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey updated its Mineral Deposit Database for niobium; and the global aluminum market surplus more than tripled from 2019 to 2020.

Novelis announces new high-strength automotive aluminum

Atlanta-based Novelis today announced it will offer a new “ultra-high-strength” automotive aluminum solution.

The product, Novelis AdvanzTM 7UHS-s701, offers “lightweighting potential of up to 40% over existing ultra-high strength, hot-formed steel solutions.”

“The s701 technology represents the future of high-strength material in automotive applications and offers a clear alternative to the most advanced high-strength steel products,” said Philippe Meyer, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Novelis. “Aluminum is already the material of choice for lightweighting, and now we are offering a solution that helps automakers design even safer, lighter and better performing vehicles.”

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USGS updates database entry for niobium

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has updated its database entry for the mineral niobium.

“Niobium is vital to many sectors of our infrastructure and manufacturing economy, and the United States is 100 percent reliant on other countries for it,” said Jeff Mauk, USGS lead scientist for USMIN. “Updates to our database can help weigh the potential for domestic niobium production against the need for future trade agreements.”

Niobium deposits in the US are in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.

As the USGS notes, niobium’s primary use is in high-strength steel alloys for pipelines, transportation infrastructure and structural applications.

Aluminum surplus rises in 2020

Speaking of automotive aluminum but zooming out further, the global aluminum surplus reached 1,546 kt in 2020, the World Bureau of Metal Statistics reported.

Meanwhile, the surplus totaled 462 kt in 2019.

Furthermore, aluminum demand fell by 422 kt in 2020 compared with the previous year.

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Week in Review: Copper price strength; January auto sales; securing supply chains

Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including coverage of the copper price, how the Biden…

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including coverage of the copper price, how the Biden administration will handle the former Trump administration’s metals tariffs and much more.

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Week of Feb. 22-26 (copper price, aluminum tariff and much more)

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New McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture Platform Used to Build Artura

The hybrid Artura is the next step in the evolution of vehicles at McLaren. Not only is the McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) new, but the high-performance hybrid powertrain is a fresh element as well. McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt described the Artura, “The next-generation hybrid supercar. A distillation of everything we’ve ever learned.” […]

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The hybrid Artura is the next step in the evolution of vehicles at McLaren. Not only is the McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) new, but the high-performance hybrid powertrain is a fresh element as well. McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt described the Artura, “The next-generation hybrid supercar. A distillation of everything we’ve ever learned.”

The Artura is lightweight and strong thanks to the carbon fiber monocoque at the center of the new MCLA platform. Utilizing four new kinds of carbon fiber, a new resin system, and new core material, the MCLA platform provides the stiffness and strength needed for the high-performance vehicle. The Artura also features a carbon fiber windscreen surround.

Carbon fiber and superformed aluminum add a seamless look to the Artura. The vehicle is sculpted with details such as hidden door inlet ducts to harness airflow and the rear spoiler and diffuser add to downforce for stability.

The 671 horsepower for the Artura is provided by a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine with an 95PS E-Motor. The car can reach a top speed of 205 mph.

Options on the Artura include the MSO Carbon Fibre Pack with a gloss carbon fiber front splitter, diffuser, rear bumper, and door mirror casings, and the MSO Carbon Fibre Interior Pack providing carbon fiber extended gearshift paddles, a steering wheel clasp, window switch surrounds, extended sill finishers, and central tunnel bridge.

The brakes on the Artura are carbon-ceramic discs and the tires are Pirelli P-ZERO™.

All of this style and power weighs in at a curb weight (fluids + 100% fuel) of only 3,384 lbs.

Speaking on the Artura and the new technology, Mr. Flewitt said, “We pioneered ultimate performance hybrid technology with P1™ and Speedtail. Artura is the pure distillation of our collective expertise and experience. It’s the next generation McLaren.”

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This Morning in Metals: February US auto sales forecast to rise 3.3%

This morning in metals news: J.D. Power and LMC Automotive released their joint forecast on February US auto sales; meanwhile, US steel imports fell by 23% in January; and, lastly, Ford’s CEO…

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This morning in metals news: J.D. Power and LMC Automotive released their joint forecast on February US auto sales; meanwhile, US steel imports fell by 23% in January; and, lastly, Ford’s CEO urged the US government to support the implementation of electric vehicle applications.

February US auto sales forecast to rise

New-vehicle retail sales in February are forecast to rise by 3.3% when adjusted for selling days, LMC Automotive and J.D. Power said.

“Despite challenges posed by inclement weather in most of the country, retail sales demand continues to be strong with the industry posting a second consecutive month of year-over-year gains,” said Thomas King, president of the data and analytics division at J.D. Power.

Meanwhile, the average manufacturer incentive is down. According to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive, the average incentive is on pace to be $3,562 per vehicle, or down $614 from a year ago.

Furthermore, as incentives decline, average transaction prices are going up. Per the report, the forecast calls for the average transaction price to rise 9.8% to $37,524, a February record.

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Steel imports drop 23%

US steel imports dropped 23% in January on a year-over-year basis, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported.

January imports totaled 2.42 million net tons. However, January imports jumped 62.2% from the previous month.

In addition, steel import market share reached an estimated 15% in January, the AISI added.

Ford CEO urges government to step in on EVs

Ford CEO Jim Farley on Wednesday urged the US government to step in and promote battery production and EV charging infrastructure, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at securing several critical supply chains. Among the critical products targeted are semiconductors, which have automotive applications.

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