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ArcelorMittal shares PACE Award

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ArcelorMittal, Honda, and Magna’s Cosma International have been jointly selected winner of a 2014 Automotive News PACE Award in the ‘Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment’ category, for the industry’s first laser-welded, hot-stamped door ring in the 2014 Acura MDX.

Winners were announced at the 20th annual Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony on April 7 in Detroit. The PACE Awards celebrate automotive suppliers' innovations in products, manufacturing processes, and information technology.

“We are honored to receive such significant industry recognition from Automotive News for our partnership with ArcelorMittal and Magna’s Cosma International to develop the world’s first ultra-high strength steel, one piece front door stiffner ring, said James Keller, vice-president, Honda R&D Americas Inc. “This partnership was integral to achieving our vision of ‘lighter, stronger, faster’ for the MDX.”

“The door ring enhances the safety performance of the MDX to meet today’s stringent roof crush and side impact standards, as well as the rigorous new IIHS small overlap front crash test,” Keller added.

The door ring starts at the largest integrated steelmaking operation in North America, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago, with the production of patented Usibor¨ 1500, an aluminum silicon coated advanced high strength steel. The Usibor¨ 1500 steel is prepped at an ArcelorMittal joint venture in Dearborn, Mich., then shipped to ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks in Pioneer, Ohio, where the enabling technology for the door ring, called laser ablation, takes place. After the laser ablation, a quality control process is done via a high-tech process to ensure precision.

The combination of Honda’s design, ArcelorMittal’s steel and laser-welded blank technology, and Cosma’s hot-stamping manufacturing process resulted in a weight reduction of 8.6 pounds on the Acura MDX. Overall, the door ring innovation helps the 2014 Acura MDX (V6, AWD) achieve fuel economy of 18/27 MPG city/highway, an improvement of two MPG city and six MPG highway over the 2013 model.




Posted 4/10/2014