01-03-2021 | Cover Story | Issue 3/2021
"We can reduce carbon emissions by using sustainable aluminum"
Journal: ATZ worldwide > Issue 3/2021
Author: Michael Reichenbach
The development of aluminum application technologies is a continuous engineering process to minimize carbon footprint and passenger car weight. Seiichi Hirano, Member of the Board of the UACJ Corporation, a Japanese aluminum components supplier with the world's third largest production capacity, talks in the ATZ interview about the properties that give aluminum advantages over steel and CFRP in terms of CO2 emissions, as well as which expertise was used in the Mazda MX-5.
Seiichi Hirano, M. Sc., (born in 1959) is Director and Member of the Board of the UACJ Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo (Japan), and has been the Director of the UACJ Research & Development Division since 2020. He received his master's degree at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering of the Waseda University, Faculty of Science and Engineering in 1984. He worked first in Sumitomo Light Metal Industries, Ltd. and then moved to their R&D Center, which is a comprehensive research division for aluminum materials. In 2006, Hirano became the General Manager of the Third Department of the R & D Center, and since then he has taken the same position at several departments. From 2012, he served as the General Manager of the Manufacturing Engineering Department and the Quality Assurance Department. Hirano has extensive experience in aluminum research and development, production technology and quality control in general. He takes a leading role in managing International Conference on Aluminum Alloys (ICAA), a two-year series all over the world, next in 2022 in Toyama (Japan).
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