Novelis launches high-strength automotive body sheetVolker Karow
Novelis reports the launch of Advanz 6HS-s650.
It is a precisely engineered aluminium automotive body sheet product that exceeds industry standards for strength, lightweighting, formability, performance and structural integrity. It is the strongest 6xxx series product with a 15 to 25% in-service strength advantage over established high-strength aluminium alloys and exhibits excellent crash behaviour and corrosion resistance, says Novelis.
Available globally as part of the Novelis Advanz product portfolio, 6HS-s650 demonstrates the company’s commitment to collaborating with customers to deliver a variety of strong, formable and lightweight aluminium products that are driving the future of the automotive industry. It is targeted for applications demanding high in-service strength, such as A and B pillars, floors, tunnels, rockers, side impact door beams, bumper beams, roof rail inserts, underbody frames and electric battery enclosures’ components.
For many applications, 6HS-s650 enables a reduction of process costs and complexity by eliminating post-form heat treatment while enabling up to 45% lighter weight than high-strength steels. 6HS-s650 joins effectively with other automotive structural materials and provides longer-term flexibility in the supply chain due to superior shelf life characteristics.
“Automakers demand the highest-strength solutions for substantial lightweighting, and s650 meets that requirement in a very efficient way,” said Pierre Labat, vice-president Automotive at Novelis. “By providing a product that is stronger than existing aluminium alloys without sacrificing formability, automotive designers and engineers will have even more flexibility to lightweight the cars, trucks and SUVs of the future.”
Recently, Novelis has commercialized 6HS-s650 as part of its Alumineering electric vehicle battery enclosure solution and as a structural component for a major electric vehicle platform. This latest product offering can be easily recycled into new high-strength aluminium products as part of a closed-loop recycling process. This enables Novelis and its customers to maximize the value of the product, reduce CO2 and transport costs, minimize environmental impact and establish a secure supply chain.