UACJ Corporation is a Japanese rolled aluminum manufacturer that promotes the development of aluminum materials while looking ahead to five, ten and twenty years from now.
Although it is an unfamiliar company in the field of automobile parts in Europe and the United States, UACJ Corporation is a high-quality rolled aluminum manufacturer with the world's third largest production capacity, and reliable technological development ability based on a long history of research and development.
We regards social responsibility and sustainability as most important aspects, and strives to reduce the environmental load of aluminum in all manufacturing steps.
We are eager to work with customers to develop optimal aluminum automobile parts.
UACJ has established our "Mobility Technology Center (MTC)" in Aichi Prefecture in Japan in October 2020, which is a department specializing in the development of automobile parts. MTC will promote the development of innovative aluminum automobile parts, utilizing our extensive knowledge in material development and production technology.
A typical example of the lightweight design of the MX-5 is the 7000 series aluminum alloy front bumper. The bumper is an important strength member for shock absorption in the crushable zone, and it's also the member farthest from the center of gravity of the vehicle, so weight reduction is also important to reduce the yaw moment of inertia.
Based on these required performances, we developed materials and extrusion processes, and realized the production of thin-walled hollow shapes for bumpers using high-strength 7000 series aluminum alloy. This newly developed aluminum alloy has excellent weldability and is the most suitable alloy for lightweight and highly rigid welded structures.
The advantage of using aluminum is its light weight, and also high-recyclability. Compared to reﬁning aluminum from ore (bauxite) to make aluminum ingots, the energy required to recycle a product into aluminum ingots is only 3%. In Japan, the public and private sectors are jointly developing more advanced recycling technology. The recycling technology is "upgrade recycling" that removes impurities and produces high-purity recycled aluminum ingots. By widely using and recycling rolled aluminum products, we can reduce the environmental burden and contribute to the realization of a sustainable mobility society.
We are eager to work with customers in Europe and the United States to develop optimal aluminum automobile parts. And we would like to provide aluminum automobile parts through a global production and supply system that can supply all kinds of rolled aluminum products. Please contact us at UACJ.
Akio Niikura, Ph.D
Vice-Director of Mobility Technology Center
E-mail: niikura-akio [at] uacj.co.jp
|Company Overview UACJ Corporation|
|Corporate Name||UACJ Corporation|
|Headquarters||Tokyo Sankei Bldg., 1-7-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 100-004 Japan
|R&D Division, MTC||Chitose 3-1-12, Minato-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 455-8670, Japan|
Director & President
|Principal Business||Manufacture and sales of rolling products, casting products, forged products and precision-machined products of nonferrous metals, including aluminum and alloys thereof.|
|Capital||52,277 million yen ( approx 374 million U.S. dollars)|
|Number of Employees||9,571 (consolidated) As of March 31, 2022|
|Fiscal Year End||March 31|
|Afliated companies||International operations 37companies
UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries, Inc.
5175 W. Sixth Street, Ludington, MI, USA
UACJ ELVAL HEAT EXCHANGER MATERIALS GmbH
Prinzenallee 5, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany
UACJ Extrusion Czech s.r.o.
Prumyslová 1010, 294 71 Benátky nad Jizerou, Czech Republic