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Aluminium body offers ‘strength and controlled energy absorption’

Michael Nash talks to a leading supplier about the safety implications of using aluminium on the vehicle body

Vehicle safety is an ever-evolving area in the automotive industry. Recent data from Euro NCAP suggests that the rise of active safety technologies has prompted a trend from withstanding crashes to avoiding them altogether.

However, passive safety features remain vital, and companies are constantly trying to find new ways of making the vehicle stronger and more durable in the event of a collision. At the same time, the trend towards vehicle lightweighting has meant that the adoption of materials like aluminium is growing.

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