SMDI Releases Steel Industry Technology Roadmap for Automotive

Roadmap for Automotive

DETROIT, Aug. 1, 2016 – The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) – a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) – announced today the release of its 2016 Steel Industry Technology Roadmap for Automotive. The Roadmap looks at advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) material and manufacturing technologies related to design, fuel economy, strength, durability, environmental performance and value and how AHSS meets those requirements now and in the future. It outlines and responds to automakers’ needs by identifying AHSS solutions and recommended areas for future research.

“Steel remains the fastest growing material in automotive applications and the North American steel industry continues to develop new grades and advanced manufacturing technologies to respond to the changing needs of automakers, as it is an important material in the designer’s toolbox,” said Dr. Jody Hall, vice president, automotive for SMDI. “There are areas where research still needs to be done and the Roadmap will help guide automakers, academia, national labs and other technical organizations in the right direction. We invite those at the forefront of R&D to work collaboratively with us to develop the required solutions.”

The Roadmap details the challenges facing the automotive and steel industries along with relevant steel results. The roadmap also identifies technical gaps in the application of these advanced products and on a high level identifies potential projects. It also provides information on materials, joining and forming related to advanced steels.

To view and download the 2016 Steel Industry Technology Roadmap for Automotive, visit

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 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. 

SMDI increases and defends the use of steel by developing innovative materials, applications and value-added solutions for customers in the automotive, construction and packaging markets. SMDI automotive investors include: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal and Nucor Corporation. For more information on SMDI, visit or follow @SMDISteel on Twitter.

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Deanna Lorincz
Senior Director, Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 248.945.4763 / 586.634.1766

Jennifer Greenfelder
Director, Automotive Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 248.945.4767 / 586.823.7145