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                 What kind of progress have you seen in the   automotive materials from every angle in   Electric vehicles feature a compact motor,
                 development of rolled aluminium products   our pursuit of materials with greater   but they also have to carry large and heavy
                 in the last few years?            strength and excellent formability. The   lithium-ion batteries. That demands a drastic
                 Against the background of the trend towards   development of processing technology and   change in the vehicle’s body structure. To
                 reducing vehicle weight, the drastically   CAE analysis are, of course, essential for   match that demand, attention has turned to
                 growing demand for aluminium sheets for   that. Right now, our hottest research theme   the use of aluminium extruded materials,
                 the body panels of mass-produced cars.   is joining technologies, such as how to join   and the development of the appropriate
                 Following customer requests from all over   dissimilar materials and materials with   utilization technology is underway.
                 the world, especially North America, where   different thicknesses.
                 demand is expanding, UACJ has been                                  What are the future plans of the UACJ
                 consolidating its production system to   What kind of R&D results have   Automotive Materials Research Dept.?
                 provide high-quality aluminium alloy sheet.  you had for automotive materials?  Well, there’s a recent trend towards the use
                                                   Regarding aluminium alloy sheet for   of multi-materials, which means finding the
                 Could you tell us about the R&D Division?  automotive materials, we were one of the   right material for the right application, and
                 It consists of a group of about 300 expert   first manufacturers in Japan to start working   the presence of aluminium is growing day by
                 researchers, the largest number in the world   on the development of the 6000 series   day. Of course, we only have a short history
                 in the rolled aluminium industry. They carry   aluminium alloy sheet for body panels, and   as UACJ, and our company name hasn’t fully
                 out the development of aluminium alloys   we now produce and market aluminium   penetrated yet, but we’re eagerly moving
                 and processing technology, analysis   alloy sheet featuring the world’s top level of   ahead with the desire to develop and supply
                 technology (simulations), and joining   hemmability. As for extruded products for   the optimum materials for automotive parts
                 technology, as well as the technological   automotive use, we’ve developed the 7000   together with our customers, based on our
                 development of surface treatments and   series, which displays excellent balance in   world-leading R&D system and our extensive
                 production processes.             extrusion performance, strength, weldability   global production and supply system.
                                                   and corrosion resistance. Used for bumpers,   We will be very happy to hear your requests
                 What kind of research is conducted   it greatly contributes to body weight   and ideas. Please contact us at UACJ.
                 for the automobile industry?      reduction.
                 In the hope of helping to make vehicles                                                 Akio Niikura, Ph. D.
                                                                                                          General Manager
                 lighter in order to reduce CO2 emissions,   How have electric vehicles affected the   Research Development VI
                 we’ve been conducting R&D on various   development of aluminium rolled products?       UACJ R&D Division

                 COMPANY OVERVIEW - UACJ Corporation

                 The largest manufacturer of aluminium rolled products in
                 Japan. The UACJ Research and Development Division consists
                 of a group of about 300 expert researchers, the largest number
                 in the world in the rolled aluminium industry. UACJ is actively
                 involved in the R&D of aluminium materials as well as the
                 technological development required for promoting their
                 utilization. And UACJ has an extensive global network system
                 to supply products worldwide.
                                                                    Core members of the Automotive Materials Research Dept.

                  CORPORATE NAME   UACJ Corporation
                  HEADQUARTERS     Tokyo Sankei Bldg., 1-7-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan

                                   Manufacture and sales of rolling products, extrusions, casting products, forged
                  PRINCIPAL BUSINESS  products and precision-machined products of nonferrous metals, including
                                   aluminium and copper, and alloys thereof.

                  CAPITAL          52,277 million yen (approx 463 million U.S. dollars)  The UACJ Research and Development Division
                                                                                     Location: Nagoya, Aichi Pref., Japan

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