The 2015 Ford F-150 isn’t even on sale yet but its impact is being felt around the automotive industry. It’s ground zero for an aluminum-based revolution, one that industry insiders see as picking up so much steam that every leading car manufacturer has an program for aluminum in place. In total, the industry experts at Ducker Worldwide foresee seven out of every ten trucks to have aluminum bodies by within a decade. From the Pittsburgh Business Times:
In the next decade, vehicles with complete aluminum body structures will reach 18 percent of North American production, up drastically from less than 1 percent today, and the number will be much higher for pickup trucks, according to a new report from Ducker Worldwide LLC.
Surveying automakers, the researchers found that every leading automaker will have an aluminum body program in place, with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler set to be the biggest users of aluminum sheet.
Within a decade, seven out of ten of all new pickup trucks sold in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to the Ducker report.
Total North American light vehicle aluminum consumption will increase by 28 percent in 2015 over 2012. Aluminum sheet for light vehicle body and closure parts will grow from less than 200 million pounds in 2012 to nearly 4 billion pounds by 2025, according to the report.
As light vehicle aluminum content will approach 35 billion pounds globally, light vehicles are poised to be the most important global market for aluminum.
We’ll have to see how the F-150 does when it goes on sale this fall but with glowing early reviews and a shifting marketplace, there’s little doubt that its release will mark a true paradigm shift in the market. Stay tuned.