A Steel for Every Purpose
Carmakers now have more than 200 grades of high-strength steel to choose from—more than double the options available when the materials were introduced four decades ago.
Carmakers now have more than 200 grades of high-strength steel to choose from. That’s more than double the options available when the materials were introduced four decades ago, says Jody Hall, the Steel Market Development Institute’s vice president for automotive.
Now steelmakers are introducing third-generation ultra-high-strength steels that are 10 times as strong as the original grades—and five times as strong as those available less than 20 years ago. With so many options, Hall says SMDI’s role is to help customers match need with the proper grade to ensure maximum overall performance.
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