Audi and Aluminum

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Audi, thanks to the Audi Space Frame program that was initiated in 1983 and gave rise to the then-revolutionary aluminum-intensive A8 in 1994, was almost synonymous with aluminum, as the company developed and executed all manner of approaches to using the nonferrous material for vehicle construction.

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Audi, thanks to the Audi Space Frame program that was initiated in 1983 and gave rise to the then-revolutionary aluminum-intensive A8 in 1994, was almost synonymous with aluminum, as the company developed and executed all manner of approaches to using the nonferrous material for vehicle construction.

While with time it has gone a mixed-material approach, but Audi is still deeply involved in the use of aluminum, as it is the first automobile manufacturer to achieve sustainability certification from the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

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Sustainable aluminum for battery housing of Audi e-tron

One recent component that Audi has produced with aluminum is the battery housing for the all-electric e-tron.

ASI has developed criteria that tracks material use all the way from raw material (as in bauxite) to processing to production to recycling. It requires a company look at all aspects of the material use right across the board.

According to Bernd Martens, member of the Audi Board of Management for Procurement and IT, “Audi stands for sustainability along the entire supply chain.”

So it is going to work with supplier companies that have been certified by ASI.

It is interesting to note that in addition to Audi, BMW, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover are the other automotive ASI members. Perhaps if more OEMs knew that Apple was a member, too, they might get involved.