Dutch Aluminium manufacturer Constellium is providing Ford Motor Co. with structural parts for the all-new Ford F-150 pickup truck that extensively uses high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy as a build material.
Constellium, a global sector leader that develops innovative, value added aluminum products for a broad scope of markets and applications, is one of Ford’s largest suppliers of these components for the F-150.
Ford Motors rolled off the first all new F-150 at the historic Ford Rouge Center back in November 2014, marking the production of the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.
The use of high-strength steel in the frame and aluminum alloy in the body led to 700 pounds of weight reduction that enabled the 2015 Ford F-150 to deliver the industry’s best towing and payload capability among full-size light-duty pickups.
Constellium has doubled manufacturing capacity at its facility in Van Buren, Michigan, and enhanced advanced prototyping and development capabilities to keep pace with increasing demand.
“We are delighted to become one of Ford’s largest suppliers of high-strength aluminum structural parts for the groundbreaking F-150 and see this as an important milestone in the expansion of our global automotive structures business,” said Paul Warton, President of Constellium’s Automotive Structures and Industry business unit.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years. The all-new F-150 is also the most innovative truck in Ford history, featuring breakthrough technologies and features that redefine the light-duty pickup for a new generation.
“We believe that the automotive industry demand for aluminum will continue to grow as automakers seek to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency. With our innovative and value-added solutions and the expansion of our component manufacturing capabilities in the U.S., Europe and China, Constellium is strongly positioned to help meet that demand worldwide.”
Excerpts and Image from Constellium