Atlanta-based Novelis says its Advanz 6HF - e/s200 aluminum heat-treatable alloy is now available in North America following its application in Europe, providing automakers greater design flexibility because of its formability, strength performance and weight savings for outer and inner applications.
The high-formable 6xxx-series alloy enables new opportunities to use aluminum for body sides, door inners, decklid outers and inners and other closure panels, the company says. The alloy also can be used in designs and applications that require bending without the risk of cracking. In addition, Advanz 6HF - e/s200 creates a weight savings of nearly one-third over steel in inner door applications.
"As a global leader in automotive alloy innovation, we are excited to offer solutions to meet the growing design and manufacturing needs of North American auto manufacturers," says Ganesh Panneer, vice president and general manager of automotive at Novelis. "As automakers pursue more complex designs and increase the amount of in-vehicle content, the strength and advanced formability of Advanz 6HF - e/s200 unlocks new engineering potential while offering critical weight reduction compared to steel. The expansion of this alloy into the North American market demonstrates our ability to draw on our automotive expertise and provide proven solutions across the globe."