The growing interest in using mixed materials to hit new-vehicle lightweighting targets has a significant challenge, say manufacturing experts and proponents of the trend: Mixing materials in automaking will require added manufacturing processes and additional investment in joining techniques.Those additional factory costs are the biggest hurdle for mixed-material solutions, agree Brian Krull, global director of innovation for Magna International’s exteriors group, and Mari Chellman, chief engineer for Magna’s body and chassis group.
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