Aluminium China and Lightweight Asia 2019 look at advancements in aluminium applications

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Aluminium China and Lightweight Asia, taking place from 10-12 July in Shanghai, will highlight ‘green’ manufacturing trends.

In recent years the use of aluminium products in home appliances instead of their plastic counterparts has become increasingly widespread in order to meet today’s consumer preferences. As a result, the number of aluminium products sold throughout the domestic consumer electronics market is expected to continue to rise.

At this year’s Aluminium China trade fair, the forum Appearance and Application of Aluminium Alloy in Consumer Electronics aims to further promote its use in the market by sharing insights into the possibilities for its future development. Topics will include appearance, design and processing and technologies. The speakers will come from enterprises including Meiling, CVTE and Xivo Design.

Aluminium supports sustainable development in packaging

The strong demand for a green, low carbon and sustainable development is also adding to an increased demand for aluminium packaging. Compared to traditional materials, the use of aluminium can reduce the carbon footprint while ensuring food safety at the same time.

However, the industry still faces some challenges such as initial costs; therefore efficient production, enterprise management and the use of quality material are still needed for a sustainable development. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) and the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (Glafri) will address these issues at a forum whose key message is The future protects with aluminium.

Lightweight automobiles are key

The use of lightweight aluminium vehicles can effectively combine energy savings with emission reductions by adopting new materials for use in their production. Common lightweight materials are divided into metal and non-metal categories. The metal materials mainly include high strength steel, magnesium and aluminium alloys, whereas the non-metals include engineering plastics and composite materials.

This year’s Asia Automobile Lightweight Trade Fair will include a forum on Innovative Application of Automotive Lightweight Technology and Related Materials as well as the International Forum on Innovative Application of New Energy Vehicles and Composites to explore this.

With the growth of lightweight vehicles, the amount of aluminium used per vehicle in China has gradually increased, especially in those for passenger transport. According to statistics from the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association, in 2010 the average consumption of aluminium alloys for passenger vehicles in China was 99 kg per car. Thanks to technological advancements, the promotion of policies and the development of new energy vehicles, this rose to 142 kg per car in 2017 and 156 kg per car last year.

The Automotive Lightweight Processing Technologies and Relevant Materials Innovative Application Forum will look at technological developments and feature talks from OEMs and auto part suppliers from around the world to discuss topics including joining and moulding and the use of the relevant metals like steel, aluminium and magnesium in automobiles.

In co-operation with cnfr.com, the organiser will launch the International Forum on Innovative Applications of New Energy Vehicles and Composites at Lightweight Asia, spotlighting technological advances in the area, such as the role of new high-performance composite materials in new energy vehicles.

Aluminium China 2019 and Lightweight Asia 2019, organised by Reed Exhibitions, will run from 10 to 12 July in Shanghai.

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