“Aluminium components make vehicles lighter, which reduces fuel consumption. If a Norwegian project is successful, manufacturing them will soon also be less energy-intensive. Several years ago, aluminium components started to be used in larger private car designs. Now they are beginning to appear in smaller cars as well. Parts for suspension systems are among the more important automotive applications for aluminium. Today, many of these parts are kneaded into shape by means of forging in order to give them the required mechanical properties, a sure way to turn up the “energy taximeter”. Now, Norwegian materials technologists aim to meet these quality requirements via an alternative, energy-conserving manufacturing process.