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Truck manufacturers along with government regulators are pushing equipment suppliers toward efficient, lightweight designs. Steel is losing traction in every market segment—from pickup trucks and automobiles, to truck equipment and van bodies. There are no exceptions.

Aluminum vs. Steel: Choosing the Right Material for Your Fleet

Written by Cal Kanowitz, Marion Body Works

With a strong economy comes a crucial opportunity for fleet managers: upgrading vehicles. A key consideration during this process is the materials being used for the bodies and cabs of those vehicles. In the work truck world, those materials primarily include aluminum and steel.

The weight of a truck can greatly affect its overall performance. At 2.5 times the density of aluminum, steel is strong and durable, making it efficient at protecting the driver. However, its additional weight means less maneuverability.

The Strength of Aluminum

There’s a Market Change Taking Place

If you’re like many people, when you hear the word “aluminum”, you think of everyday convenience items that, while incredibly useful, don’t exactly convey a high-strength image. And it’s true – aluminum is a highly versatile metal – meaning it can be processed to be thin, lightweight, bendable and even crushable by human hands.

The Aluminum Revolution

There’s a Market Change Taking Place

For anyone buying or selling truck equipment, there’s a market change in action that impacts us all. There’s a significant shift away from heavy steel to strong, lightweight aluminum. This is a transition that we’ve witnessed for the last 10 years in aluminum trailers and one that we’re watching play out now with Ford trucks…

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