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Laser welding of auto exhaust systems finds footing in United States

Technique reduces weight and environmental impact

by Dan Robinson

The United States automotive market place is undeniably unique. For 32 years, the best-selling vehicle in the US has been the Ford F-150, a 5500-lb., V8-powered pickup truck popular for farmers, small businesses, and suburban families alike. To an outsider, it might seem that the US is not concerned about fuel economy, but over the last decade that has finally started to change. Gas prices started to climb significantly about 10 years ago and for many years, the US government has been tightening mandated fuel economy regulations known as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Even the current glut of low-priced

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