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Thursday, 10 April, 2008 0:01 AM

7th Annual Great Designs in Steel Seminar: Where Steel Continues to Strengthen its Position as the Preferred Automotive Material of Choice

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The 2006 Honda Civic was honored at the 7th Annual Great Designs in Steel Seminar.

 

DETROIT -- To demonstrate how new steel technologies can help with key issues in the automotive industry - such as recyclability, fuel economy, mass optimization and safety - the American Iron and Steel Institute's (AISI) Automotive Applications Committee (AAC) held its 7th annual Great Designs in Steel seminar today at the Laurel Manor Conference Center in Livonia, Mich.

The steel seminar - which is the premier forum for the latest trends and applications in automotive steel technology - featured more than 30 high-level presentations by automotive engineers and steel experts. Successful case studies, components and full vehicles demonstrating the innovative use of steel, new materials and processes were displayed on the exhibit floor.

"The Great Designs in Steel seminar is a great place for automakers and suppliers to get first hand insight into what's ahead for advanced steel technologies," said John Surma, chairman and chief executive officer, United States Steel Corp. and former chairman of AISI. "The seminar highlighted some of the significant gains being made by automakers in terms of using next- generation grades of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) to address mass optimization, recyclability, safety requirements and fuel savings - all key issues for the automotive industry today."

AISI's AAC initiated this annual event seven years ago to assist automotive engineers in using AHSS technologies for designing and building safe, affordable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible passenger cars, sport utility vehicles and light trucks.

Some of the topics that were presented include:

  • Mass reduction opportunities of tailored steel products;
  • Automotive steel performance advantages for mass reduction and climate
    change;
  • Chrysler structural optimization project;
  • AHSS technology in the 2008 Chrysler minivan and 2008 Cadillac CTS and
    recent applications in North American Honda production;
  • AHSS application guidelines;
  • Steel content of average North American vehicles; and
  • Various presentations on enabling technologies (welding, stamping,
    etc.).

 

AISI also presented its 2nd annual Great Designs in Steel Automotive Excellence Award to the research and development team of the 2006 Honda Civic. The award winners were chosen based on presentations from last year's Great Designs in Steel seminar and on the vehicle's evolutionary and cost-effective use of AHSS.

Seminar presentations and speaker information are available on the AISI Web site at www.autosteel.org .

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 32 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent more than 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.

The AAC is a subcommittee of the Market Development Committee of AISI and focuses on advancing the use of steel in the highly competitive automotive market. With offices and staff located in Detroit, cooperation between the automobile and steel industries has been key to its success. This industry cooperation resulted in the formation of the Auto/Steel Partnership, a consortium of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation and the member companies of the AAC. For more news or information, view the AISI /AAC Web site at www.autosteel.org.

Source: American Red Cross

 

 

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