The ZA Die Casting Alloys
New high performance ZA casting alloys (ZA-8, 2A-12 & ZA-27) provide superior mechanical properties which designers can apply using die casting technology. This paper is intended to assist the automotive industry and their suppliers to better understand the capabilities and property advantage of the new alloys for new product designs. Reviewed are the general properties of the ZA alloy family, their die casting characteristics and several examples where ZA die castings have lowered manufacturing costs and/or improved product performance. Included are recent automotive developments.