WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a visit yesterday to the Livonia,
Mich. headquarters of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., U.S. Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta promoted automotive aluminum applications as a fuel-
saving technology to be used by automakers in response to demands for more
According to the Associated Press, Mineta, "promoted fuel-saving
technology such as lightweight aluminum parts and brakes that can harness
energy and power hybrid motors."
The following statement is from Steve Larkin, President of the Aluminum
"Transportation Secretary Mineta clearly recognizes the value aluminum
delivers in terms of fuel economy and the environment and we applaud him for
his leadership and vision. As fuel prices remain high and global warming
concerns grow, innovative automakers are at the forefront of using advanced
materials and technologies to boost fuel economy and reduce green house
emissions, and aluminum is leading the way.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recognized the value of aluminum and
other high strength, low weight materials as the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed structural changes last year to the
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations, using vehicle size, instead
of weight, to determine the standards which regulate fuel economy and safety.
The final rule is expected to be issued in the next few months and NHTSA
officials were quoted as saying they chose size based standards, in part, to
create incentives to use these high-strength, low weight materials, which
ensure vehicle safety while improving fuel economy and reducing vehicle
The Aluminum Association has been tracking the phenomenal growth of this
material and will be making an announcement on March 7th documenting the
worldwide movement by automakers to greatly increase aluminum use in
automotive applications -- no doubt due to aluminum's environmental, safety
and performance advantages."
The Aluminum Association provided docketed comments and comprehensive
safety research to NHTSA as part of their CAFE rulemaking. For more
information, please contact John Fitzpatrick at (202) 289-2001 or Caroline
Jeffs at (248) 649-8000.
SOURCE Aluminum Association