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Bob Carlstedt, Managing Director of Ducker Worldwide’s Chinese Operations Spoke at the International Rental Conference Asia 2014 Event

Bob Carlstedt, Managing Director of consultant Ducker Worldwide’s Chinese operation, said a study into Chinese rental companies and equipment dealers revealed greater co-ordination between the two groups was required. Speaking at the International Rental Conference Asia in Shanghai, China, on 24 November, Mr Carlstedt said that among the core issues which the study raised were concerns over addressing debt chains that build up from customers renting equipment.

Dick Schultz, 2014 Aluminum Association Chairman’s Award Winner

The Aluminum Association announced today the winners of two prestigious industry awards presented during its recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Mike Zoll, Director of Safety at Novelis, received the Marlan Boultinghouse Award for industry leadership while Dick Schultz, Managing Director at Ducker Worldwide, received the newly created Chairman’s Award, recognizing a non-industry employee who nonetheless made a positive impact educating the public about the importance of aluminum.

Automotive Megatrends Magazine Q2 2014: Autonomous Cars, Driven By Safety

In the recent Automotive World Megatrends Magazine Q2 2014 – The Connected Car issue discusses the implications of increasingly autonomous, increasingly connected cars? This issue explores a wide range of connected car topics, from highly automated driving to cloud technology, via Ethernet, Big Data and voice recognition – all of which help to shape the connected future.

The Wall Street Journal: Detroit's Appetite for Aluminum Keeps Growing

Auto makers plan a broad shift to aluminum from steel in larger vehicles over the next decade in North America, and 18% of all vehicles will have all-aluminum bodies by 2025, compared with less than 1% now, according to an industry study released this week.

Automotive News: Stamping bottleneck squeezes boron-steel supply

Faced with increasingly tough federal collision standards, automakers are turning to boron steel -- which is six times stronger than conventional steel -- to reinforce the body-in-white without adding pounds.  Boron steel is increasingly used for door pillars, door beams, body sills, roof rails and bumpers -- components that must protect the passenger cabin during a collision.  But as demand grows, suppliers are short of presses that can heat the steel to the proper temperature for stamping.  In the 2015 model year, a typical vehicle will have about 24 pounds of boron steel, according to an estimate by Ducker International, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 15 pounds in 2012.

Ducker Worldwide in the News - The F-150's Aluminum Diet

When Ford rolls out its redesigned F-150 pickup truck here on Monday morning to kick off two days of press previews for the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the automaker will be making one of the boldest product gambles in its 111-year history.

Ducker Worldwide in the News - Lightweight AHSS Automotive Design: Pushing the Envelope

Today’s average North American light-duty vehicles include passenger cars, crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. All together, this fleet of vehicles averages 60 percent steel by weight, according to recent studies conducted by Ducker Worldwide and Mega Associates. Steel is dominant in the body and chassis. It can be found in most hang-on components, such as suspension parts, bumpers, and closures like doors and liftgates. But, in truth, weight is not helpful to a vehicle. The more mass a vehicle has to carry, the harder the engine has to work to propel it, the brakes have to work to stop it, and the suspension has to work to manage the handling. The vehicle also consumes more gasoline for every mile traveled.

Ducker Worldwide in the News: North American production to rise with aluminum leading the way

Analysts predict North American automobile production will break new records in the coming years. Among the contributors driving growth is low auto loan interest rates coupled with quality product for buyers.


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