Aluminum Steady, Ford Will Use Rivets to Build F-150

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If you want a peek at the daunting manufacturing challenge awaiting Ford to assemble F-150s with aluminum bodies, you need to look at rivets – and many other complex aspects of Range Rover’s aluminum-bodied assembly plant in Solihull, England, writes Richard Truett of Automotive News.

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The 2014 Range Rover body uses 17 types of rivets, 3,722 per vehicle. If one jams in a gun or is inserted incorrectly, production stops. Ford’s all-aluminum-body 2015 F-150 will debut later this year.

Staying around $1,779 per metric ton for the day, the aluminum cash price remained flat on the LME. After a couple of days of decreasing prices on the LME, the 3-month price of aluminum held steady at $1,821. The cash price of primary Indian aluminum flattened at INR 109.75 ($1.82) per kilogram after two days of downward movement.

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Chinese aluminum prices closed flat for the day. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap continues hovering around CNY 12,250 ($1,958) per metric ton for the fifth day in a row. The price of Chinese aluminum billet was unchanged at CNY 13,590 ($2,172) per metric ton. For the fifth day in a row, the price of Chinese aluminum bar remained essentially flat at CNY 14,200 ($2,269) per metric ton. The Chinese aluminum cash price saw little change in its price yesterday at CNY 13,290 ($2,124) per metric ton.

 

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