Mazda Develops Aluminum Joining Technique

Process cuts energy usage by 99 percent

Published: 28-Feb-2003


HIROSHIMA — Mazda Motor Corp said Thursday it has developed for the first time in the world a technology for joining aluminum with frictional heat, which the automaker says can drastically reduce energy consumption and equipment investment at factories assembling aluminum car bodies.

The new aluminum joining technology cuts consumption of electricity and other energies by 99% compared with "resistance welding" method, which is currently most popular for assembling aluminum body parts of commercial vehicles, Mazda said. (Kyodo News)

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