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Ducker Worldwide Predicts Automakers will Increase use of advanced steel by 10 to 15 percent

01.07.11

Automotive News
David Sedgwick

As North American automakers put their vehicles on a weight-loss plan, they are turning increasingly to a new generation of advanced high-strength steel.

The average vehicle built in North America contains 151 pounds of advanced high-strength steel, up from 111 pounds in 2007, according to Ducker Worldwide, a suburban Detroit consulting firm.

Dick Schultz, Ducker's managing director, predicts automakers will increase use of advanced steel 10 to 15 percent annually over the next five years or so. The stronger varieties of steel let automakers use lighter structural parts.

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