Whether you’re a mom on the go, a designer creating the next vehicle concept or a worker that relies on their truck to get the job done, explore why steel is important to the many faces of our industry.
Steel gives automakers exactly what they need because it is strong, formable, lightweight and affordable.
You want a dependable vehicle that performs no matter where the road takes you and the reliability that only advanced high-strength steel can provide.
Over the past decade, advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have become the fastest growing material for vehicle use. AHSS are stronger, lighter, and have low emissions, helping automakers decrease a vehicle's life-long carbon footprint. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach takes a vehicle's entire environmental impact into account by looking at greenhouse gas emissions from each phase of its life. LCA shows that steel, which currently makes up about 60 percent of the average North American vehicle, generates fewer emissions than other automotive body materials. Over a vehicle's lifecycle, steel is the highest value and most environmentally effective choice for automakers.
1/21/2015 - Chief engineer of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Wayne State alumna Elizabeth Krear, was honored with the 2015 Industry Innovator Award from SMDI.
1/16/2015 - SMDI took center stage as a Premiere Sponsor of the North American International Auto Show.
1/14/2015 - Lawrence W. Kavanagh, president of SMDI discusses the future of steel in the automotive industry.
1/13/2015 - Awards honor innovators and heroes who are pioneering the use of steel in their work.
12/17/2014 - SMDI will host a casual space for automotive designers, engineers and media to explore the advantages of today's AHSS in the Grand Riverview Ballroom.
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Bar Machinability information for material selection, process development and for improving understanding of the factors that influence the machinability of steel!
Great Designs in Steel 2014
PowerPoint PresentationsAvailable Online
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