The alloy’s high formability delivers greater bending and weight savings to automakers, according to Novelis.
ATLANTA—Novelis recently announced that its Advanz™ 6HF – e/s200 aluminum alloy is available in North America following its successful application in Europe. The heat-treatable alloy is reported to provide automakers greater design flexibility due to its superior formability, strength performance, and weight savings for outer and inner applications.
The high-formable alloy enables new opportunities to use aluminum for body sides, door inners, decklid outers and inners, and other closure panels, according to a press release from Novelis. The alloy can also be used in designs and applications that require bending without the risk of cracking. Advanz™ 6HF – e/s200 is said to create a weight saving of nearly one-third over steel in inner door applications, benefiting vehicles that need to achieve weight reduction due to consumers’ desire for more in-vehicle content, while also improving fuel economy and reducing vehicle emissions.
“As a global leader in automotive alloy innovation, we are excited to offer solutions to meet the growing design and manufacturing needs of North American auto manufacturers,” said Ganesh Panneer, vice president and general manager of automotive at Novelis. “As automakers pursue more complex designs and increase the amount of in-vehicle content, the strength and advanced formability of Advanz™ 6HF – e/s200 unlocks new engineering potential while offering critical weight reduction compared to steel. The expansion of this alloy into the North American market demonstrates our ability to draw on our automotive expertise and provide proven solutions across the globe.”
Novelis Inc. (http://novelis.com) operates in 10 countries, has approximately 11,000 employees, and had $10 billion in revenue for its 2017 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial, and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.