Ford recycles 30,000 truck bodies per month from stamping scrap

Ford recycles 30,000 truck bodies per month from stamping scrap

Closed-loop aluminum recycling system lowers energy use, costs for automaker.

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April 25, 2016
Manufacturing Group
Aluminum Cars/Light trucks Manufacturing Materials Stamping

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month using a closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the F-150. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies.

Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction is the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to Oak Ridge National Lab. Recycled aluminum avoids 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production. It uses significantly less energy and water.

Between 30% and 40% of a typical aluminum coil is turned into scrap in the stamping process. This is recycled into new metal for the truck using the closed-loop system.

Source: Ford Motor Co.