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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.

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Ducker Worldwide to present at upcoming aluminium events located in Hong Kong

CRU's World Aluminium Conference attracts influential delegates involved in smelting, recycling, rolling, extruding, trade, raw materials, purchasing, technology and finance. The event is valued for the quality of the presentations, the excellent networking and the business opportunities that arise from important industry meetings.

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Ducker Worldwide to Participate at the OESA Automotive Metals & Resins Conference

OESA is hosting the Automotive Metals & Resins Conference (AMRC) on May 7, 2014, at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich. 

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Ducker Worldwide’s Chris Fisher to Keynote at this year’s National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing

Christopher Fisher, Managing Principal at Ducker Worldwide will be a keynote speaker for this year's National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing.

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White Paper: India - A compelling alternate in advanced manufacturing

After years in the shadow of its behemoth manufacturing neighbor China, India is poised for growth in the high-end manufacturing sector, especially in precision areas such as machine tool manufacturing. This new focus on manufacturing and service, and its movement away from the country’s traditional agro-economy, can be attributed to a collectively increasing sophistication of the country’s workforce and infrastructure and the potential need for global companies to diversify away from Chinese manufacturing base.

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Ducker Worldwide's Markus Pfefferer to speak at Automotive World Megatrends India 2014

The fourth annual Automotive World Megatrends India conference will bring together leading stakeholders to discuss the technologies and trends that look set to shape India's passenger car and commercial vehicle industries over the next decade and beyond.

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.


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