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Superplastic aluminum alloy sheet

                                                                                                                                     Superplastic material has elongation of more than several hundred percent at high   Before stretching
                                                                                                                                     Using the blow-forming method (using compressed gas to force heated material into
                                                                                                                                     a metal mold), superplastic aluminum alloy sheet permits greater design flexibility.
                                                                                                                                     The UACJ superplastic aluminum alloy sheet marketed as ALNOVI, is now being   After stretching
                                                                                                                                     adopted extensively.

                                                                                                                                                                      The trunk-lid panel of the TESLA               Blow forming
                                                                                                                                                                      Model-S with a complex curved
                                                                                                                                                                      surface is formed as a single unit   Mold  aluminum  Mold
                                                                                                                                                                      with high-temperature blow forming.   alloy sheet
                                                                                                                                                                      The merit here is that higher design   Approximately   Approximately   Molding
                                                                                                                                                                      flexibility can be achieved, even in   400°C to 500°C  400°C to 500°C
                                                                                                                                                                      small-lot cases.                                Compressed gas

                                                                                                                                         Aluminum alloy sheet for
                                                                                                                                         high-strength structural components

                                                                                                                                     Aluminum alloy sheet designed for high-strength

                                                                                                                                     structural components is suitable for use in                                                                 Motor Fan illustrated

                                                                                                                                     automobile framework structures. The 7075 alloy
                                                                                                                                     (ultra-super duralumin) features the highest level of

                                                                                                                                     tensile strength, proof stress, and fatigue strength.
                                                                                                                                     It is used for chassis and subframes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ALUMINUM  AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                                                                                                 Power Plant Frame

                                                                                                                                                                                 This is an original Mazda-developed frame
                                                                                                                                                                                 that increases the rigidity of the drivetrain and
                                                                                                                                                                                 solidly connects the transmission to the
                                                                                                                                                                                 differential housings. The frame is made from
                                                                                                                                                                                 UACJ’s high-strength aluminum alloy sheet.                       07

                                                                                                                                         LIB products for EVs and HEVs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Top plate  Negative electrode
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Proof valve        Separator
                                                                                                                                     Aluminum alloy materials are also used in LIB
                                                                                                                                     products.                                               Aluminum cathode foils
                                                                                                                                     They are indispensable in the production of the foil   Aluminum   Housing cases                    Positive
                                                                                                                                     used in the positive electrode, cans, busbars, and   materials   Busbars    Housing               electrode
                                                                                                                                     other peripheral components.               used in LIB  Disclosure sealers    case
                                                                                                                                                                                             Laminated pouches

                                                                                                                                           Aluminum alloy busbars       Lithium-ion battery cell & Module
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