The growing use of lightweight materials for the development of new energy vehicles (NEVs) is driving demand for aluminium in China and around the world. At the recent Auto China in April, leading carmakers showcased 174 new energy models and it is predicted that by 2020, the number of NEVs in China will reach 2 million. This rapid growth in both production and sales is underpinned by government policies and high market demand. Aluminium China 2018 in Shanghai, from 11-13 July, will offer an international platform for the growing range of new lightweight materials and production solutions. In particular, the event will highlight the important role that aluminium is going to play in the development of an NEV-based automotive industry.
32 new energy auto-related policies were launched in China in 2017 and the policy of tax rebates for consumers who buy new energy vehicles is to be extended for another three years. Furthermore, the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy puts new energy vehicles at the centre of its vision to “support electric and fuel cell automobile development; encourage low carbon emission technologies and smart auto technologies.”
Lightweight design, together with electrical drive engineering and smart technologies will define the new energy auto industry in the next ten years. With car plate-based traffic control and compensation policies in place, indigenous auto manufacturers currently account for over 90% of China’s new energy auto market. CPCA (China Passenger Car Association) statistics show that top new energy brands, in terms of sales, in China include BYD, ZD, BAIC New Energy, Chery New Energy, and SAIC Rowe, while bus manufacturers are also joining the new energy wave.
“A rise in the use of aluminium for new energy automobiles is promoting lightweight design trends and accelerating industry growth,” said Chris Zang, project manager of Aluminium China. “In the future, aluminium will be used increasingly for vehicle bodies, doors, trunks, hoods, bumpers, heat exchange, chassis, power batteries, motor parts and other parts and components. Backed by in-depth market research designed to understand new energy auto needs, Aluminium China 2018 will help businesses expand into these exciting new markets.”
This year’s event will feature side events such as a ‘Get to Know Automotive Manufacturers’ programme, an Auto Buyers’ Exchange Day, and a Thai Market Conference. By connecting demand and supply, Aluminium China will correct the current market information imbalance and provide a robust trading platform for exhibitors and buyers.
Collocated with this year’s Aluminium China is Lightweight Asia 2018, which provides more diverse material and solutions for the new energy auto industry.