Novelis Unveils High-Strength, Lightweight Automotive Aluminum Product

Auto Tech Outlook | Wednesday, March 25, 2020

High-strength and lightweight aluminum products will enable car manufacturers to boost the performance of the vehicles without compromising safety.

FREMONT, CA: Car manufacturers are seeking to make their vehicles lighter and faster. However, it is vital to maintain strength when using lighter materials. When it comes to aluminum automotive body sheets, few can match the durability, lightness, formability, performance, and structural integrity of Advanz 6HS-s650. The new offering by Novelis is the most potent 6xxx series product with a 15 to 25 percent in-service strength advantage over conventional high strength aluminum alloys and has excellent crash behavior and corrosion resistance.

Novelis, the developer of innovative products and services, specializes in aluminum rolling and recycling. It aims to promote global sustainability by collaborating with clients in the automotive, beverage can, and specialties industries and creating solutions designed to optimize the benefits of sustainable lightweight aluminum throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Novelis operates 23 facilities in 9 countries with approximately 11,000 employees. The company recorded $12.3 billion in revenue for the 2019 fiscal year.

The Novelis Advanz product portfolio includes 6HS-s650, a variety of sturdy, formable, and lightweight aluminum products designed to assist customers in the automotive industry. The 6HS-s650 is targeted for applications which require high in-service strength, such as A and B pillars, floors, tunnels, rockers, side-impact door beams, bumper beams, roof rail inserts, underbody frames, and electric battery enclosure components.

The 6HS-s650 is designed to reduce process costs and complexity involved in several applications by eliminating post-form heat treatment and enabling a 45 percent reduction in weight when compared to high strength steels. It joins seamlessly with other automotive structural materials and offers long-term flexibility in the supply chain with its superior shelf life.

Automakers in the current landscape require high-strength, lightweight solutions for their products, and s650 efficiently meets those requirements. The product offers significantly more strength when compared to the conventional aluminum alloys, and does not sacrifice formability. It provides automotive designers and engineers with greater flexibility for creating cars, trucks, and SUVs of the future.

Novelis commercialized the 6HS-s650 under its Alumineering electric vehicle battery enclosure solution, and as a structural component for a major electric vehicle platform. The latest offering accommodates its recycling into new high-strength aluminum products. It empowers Novelis’ customers to reduce carbon footprint, transportation costs, and environmental impacts, while also establishing a secure supply chain.

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