Ford and Alcoa have announced the 2016 F-150 will become the first automobile to feature the latter company's "breakthrough" Micromill technology.

Ford and Alcoa have announced the 2016 F-150 will become the first automobile to feature the latter company's "breakthrough" Micromill technology.

Set to be used in construction of multiple components, Micromill technology produces an aluminum alloy that is 40 percent more formable than today’s automotive aluminum.  This allows the materials to be shaped into more  intricate forms such as the inside panels of doors and fenders. The material is also easier to produce and is extremely strong which enables a thinner sheet of aluminum to be used without compromising dent resistance.

In a statement, Ford Group Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair said "This collaboration supports our continued drive for innovation, as we research automotive applications for even greater light-weighting."

While the 2016 F-150 will become the first model to use Micromill aluminum, it certainly won't be the last as the company confirmed plans to increase its use over the next "several years on a range of vehicle components and future platforms."

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