Light Vehicle Market Update Part I


In the news again is more information about aluminum and its affect not only on the Automotive Industry as a whole, but also the Collision Repair Industry. The materials used to build light vehicles will dictate how you as a Paintless Dent Repair technician will repair them. At this point in the game, there is no doubt that you will be working with aluminum to one degree to another. Some vehicles are already partially equipped with aluminum but soon, all vehicles will be equipped more so than not.

This report is further evidence of the market anticipation of growth and the assurance that growth is eminent. If you are considering or are in courses that teach you the art of collision repair, then you are in the right place. We educate our students to be able to apply the techniques learned in a constantly changing industry. Change is good if you’re prepared for it and if you love cars, old and new, then you will love what you will learn here.

So what is the US preparing for as it applies to lowering the mpg by lightening the vehicles on the road? Following is the result of research conducted in Ohio:

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018.┬áTitled “Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America,” the study discusses how the current race to lighten the automobile is largely being driven by increasingly stricter fuel economy standards being adopted throughout North America.

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