Ford F-150’s Aluminum Supplier Invests Another $120 Million

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Today, Novelis Inc. – an aluminum supplier which counts the latest Ford F-150 full-size pickup among its clientele – unveiled a new finishing line at its Oswego, New York plant. The line came at a cost of $120 million, reports The Detroit News, and will add around 100 jobs at the plant.

In addition to the Ford F-150, the new F-Series Super Duty is also switching to a body made mostly out of high-strength aluminum alloy. Novelis will provide much of the metal for that truck, as well.

Novelis President and CEO Steve Fisher said in a statement: “Automakers are seeking alternative materials to cut vehicle weight while maintaining strength and safety requirements. By supplying tailored lightweight aluminum solutions to automakers in every major auto-producing region, Novelis is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of these global automakers.”

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While much of the emphasis from automakers has been on composites, mixed metals, and other alternatives, aluminum is still in the midst of a surge in popularity. According to Novelis North America President Marco Palmieri, the automotive sector grew from representing about 6 percent of the company’s total sales volume in 2012, to 15 percent in 2015. It could reach as high as 25 percent in the next few years, especially as high-volume vehicles like the Ford F-150 and Super Duty continue selling.

Novelis has been busy keeping up with the demand. Since 2011, when the company was first tapped to supply military-grade aluminum alloy for the 2015 Ford F-150, the Oswego, New York plant has added 460 jobs and seen about $550 million in investments, according to The Detroit News. Today, the plant employs some 1,100 people, with more jobs on the way.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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