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Former Alcoa leaders join to form leading automotive aluminum consulting team

DETROIT, MI – April 17, 2019 – Automotive Aluminum Advisors today announced the addition of three globally recognized aluminum industry technology experts to its team, assembling one of the most experienced advanced aluminum technology and engineering consulting teams in the world.

These additions solidify the company’s position as an industry leading consultant group within three focus areas of automotive supplier business development, aluminum technology & engineering, and advanced research and development.

Daniel Bryant is a former Technical Fellow at the Alcoa Technical Center who has led the development of new aluminum alloys, particularly in automotive. His proven track record of leading the development and introduction of new aluminum sheet, extrusion and foundry alloys for automotive applications is unparalleled.

James Burg is a leading expert in lightweight product and process design. The former Chief Design Engineer at Alcoa, Mr. Burg has designed, developed and qualified a multitude of next generation lightweight structures and products working with Alcoa’s many world-wide business units and customers.

Glenn Jarvis brings more than 30 years of leadership in metals manufacturing and stamping processes to the team. He has extensive experience supporting and training automotive and transportation customers and served as prototype build manager for several all-aluminum lightweight vehicle chassis. He brings expertise from both Alcoa and GM.

“Our team’s deep experience in advanced lightweight materials development, structural design, manufacturing technology and major OEM program launches uniquely positions us to support the automotive OEMs, tiers, mills and research organizations as aluminum pounds per vehicle continue to increase beyond historic levels,” said Nate Beavers, Founder and President of Automotive Aluminum Advisors.

According to Ducker Worldwide, aluminum is the fastest growing automotive material and is expected to account for 51% of vehicle mass reduction by 2028 in combination with steel and other metals. Aluminum growth is expected to exceed 500 pounds per vehicle by 2028 as the industry shifts to multi-material solutions, with closures and Body in White (BIW) as the highest growth applications.

The additions of Bryant, Burg and Jarvis complement an already strong team including: Israel Stol, an American Welding Society Fellow with more than 35 years of experience in the advancement of various fusion and solid-state joining technologies; and David Williams, a recognized federal research and development subject matter expert with extensive networks into the Department of Defense and civilian agencies.

Automotive Aluminum Advisors LLC is a consulting & engineering firm that specializes in working with vehicle manufacturers, tiers, materials suppliers, research organizations and federal agencies in the areas of business development, aluminum technology & engineering, and advanced R&D programs. For more information, visit

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