Recent GM Plant Investment to Include Mixed Metal ManufacturingPosted in News on August 7, 2015
With the recent announcement from GM about their $877 million investment in the Flint, Michigan plant we knew big changes were coming for their truck production. Retooling changes to the plant were announced in a report from Reuters and it’s believed that a big part of that will be incorporating mixed metals, aluminum and steel, into manufacturing techniques.
With the current campaign from Chevrolet challenging Ford and its all aluminum truck this may come as a surprise to GM fans. We think that ever-increasing CAFE standards have GM looking to the future with this conversion to mixed metal for their trucks and another way to increase fuel economy. Since the Flint plant upgrades aren’t going to be completed until 2018 don’t expect the Silverado, Sierra and SUVs to be completely aluminum anytime soon.
GM is planning to complete the plant changes without taking Flint completely off-line saving them weeks of lost production time. In contrast when Ford retooled their factories they lost 13 valuable weeks of truck production. So far changes have only been announced to the Flint plant with no word on updates coming to GM’s other factories.