Why Steel Still Matters

March 17, 2020

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While there are plenty of alternative materials being deployed as OEMs and suppliers work to reduce mass while not compromising safety, the steel industry isn't resting on its laurels but is developing new materials.

Primary Topics:

  • Why is steel still relevant?
  • What are the new steels - including the new generation?
  • Is steel environmentally sound?
  • What about manufacturing issues?


Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
Gary S. Vasilash is the editor-in-chief of the AutoBeat Group. He has been covering technology for 40 years.

Ron Krupitzer
Principal, KrupitzerAutoSteel
Ron Krupitzer is the principal at KrupitzerAutoSteel, a consultancy that focuses on the application of both materials and manufacturing processes. Krupitzer has held positions including vice president of the Automotive Market for the American Iron and Steel Institute, senior manager at Chrysler in both materials engineering and manufacturing, manager of process development at the LTV Steel Cleveland Works, and section chief for flat rolled and tubular products at the Republic Steel Company. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgy and materials science from Case Western Reserve University.

Special Guest:
Executive from the Steel Market Development Institute