Collaboration between Rio Tinto’s Research and Development group and world-class academic institutions has also enhanced the company’s abilities to meet the growing requirements of the automotive sector.
General Motors’ first electric car, the EV1, was based on Alcan’s aluminium vehicle technology. And Ford’s P2000 project back in 1987, which led to the aluminium-intensive Mercury Sable, was based on significant effort between the two companies.
Rio Tinto Aluminium continues to promote its technical expertise and product offering to enhance the aluminium innovation that the car companies expect, both for today and for the future. Working with its direct customers, such as aluminium extrusion manufacturers, and through enhanced collaboration with the OEMs, Rio Tinto has honed its strategy for the automotive sector, to continue differentiating itself from its competitors.
“We work with the client and define their specific technical needs,” says Nick Parsons, senior scientist, Product Metallurgy for Rio Tinto Aluminium. “Our team of experts helps them improve their process, make their process more efficient, and meet the challenges of the automotive market.”