Evolving Role Of Non-Ferrous Materials In Automotive Supply Chain: ACMA

Abhijeet Singh
04 Jul 2024
08:30 AM
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The development of high-strength aluminium alloys and composites is advancing automotive component design and manufacturing.

Evolving Role Of Non-Ferrous Materials In Automotive Supply Chain: ACMA mobility outlook

As the automotive industry navigates unprecedented challenges and opportunities driven by a shift towards sustainability and innovation, the role of auto components and raw materials is more critical than ever. ACMA's 4th Automotive Raw Material Conclave highlighted the importance of enhancing sustainability and innovation in the material supply chain while reducing virgin material use. Illustrious speakers brought valuable insights into trends, opportunities, and challenges in the realm of non-ferrous raw materials.

The global and Indian automotive industries are transitioning from traditional manufacturing practices to more sustainable and innovative methods. Non-ferrous materials such as aluminium, copper, magnesium, and titanium are becoming increasingly crucial due to their superior properties, including lightweight, corrosion resistance, and enhanced performance.

These materials offer significant weight reduction, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions. Copper's exceptional electrical conductivity is indispensable in electric vehicle (EV) production, enhancing the efficiency of electric motors and batteries.

In the context of sustainability, non-ferrous materials have a lower environmental impact compared to their ferrous counterparts. They are highly recyclable, with aluminium recycling consuming only 5% of the energy required to produce primary aluminium. This energy conservation significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

While the benefits of non-ferrous materials are clear, the supply chain for these materials is complex and often affected by political and economic undulations. Ensuring a sustainable supply of high-quality, non-ferrous materials is crucial for the continuous growth of the automotive industry. Government policies promoting effective circularity can facilitate this transition.

Collaboration and innovation are key to overcoming these challenges. Partnerships between industry players, research institutions, and government bodies can develop new technologies and processes that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of non-ferrous materials. As an industry association, ACMA is committed to supporting this transformation by fostering collaboration, facilitating knowledge exchange, and advocating for policies that promote the sustainable use of non-ferrous raw materials.

The auto industry's future is closely linked to advancements in non-ferrous raw materials. Innovations in these materials are driving the industry towards a greener and more sustainable future. For instance, Tesla's extensive use of aluminium and aluminium alloys in EVs denotes the potential of non-ferrous materials in achieving significant weight reduction and efficiency gains.

Also, government regulations worldwide are increasingly focusing on sustainability. The push towards circularity involves reducing the use of virgin materials, increasing the use of recycled materials, and ensuring the recyclability of vehicles at the end of their life. India's automotive sector is also aligning with these global trends, with policies and initiatives to promote sustainability and reduce carbon footprints.

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