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Ducker Worldwide in the News: Aluminum and Steel Slug it out to Become the Lighter, Stronger Metal for Cars

10.10.11
By Len Boselovic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The federal government's quest to double the average car's fuel economy by 2025 has intensified the long-running battle between steel and aluminum producers over one of their biggest customers.

Both industries are pouring millions of dollars into new mills capable of making the lighter, stronger metals needed to take 400 pounds -- about 10 percent -- out of the average car. That's the weight reduction needed to meet the proposed fleet standard of 54.5 miles per gallon, according to Ducker Worldwide, a research firm that advises steel and aluminum producers.

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