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ArcelorMittal’s Greg Ludkovsky on why nothing can beat the use of steel in cars

30 Haziran 2014 Pazartesi

Following ArcelorMittal’s successful night at the Platts Global Metal Awards 2014, when the company picked up three prestigious industry awards for ‘Deal of the Year’, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Industry Leader’, the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award winner, Greg Ludkovsky, vice president for global research and development, spoke about ArcelorMittal’s automotive steel innovations– and why steel is the right material for the car industry. 

“The steel industry can offer fuel efficiency and the lowest cost to the final consumer, when compared to aluminium, on both sides of the Atlantic”, he said in the interview for Platts’ global video report, World Steel Review.

Ludkovsky also spoke about the importance of ‘light weighting’ of steels and how ArcelorMittal has been at the forefront of research and development in this area: “With car manufacturers looking for ever-more environmentally friendly models, ArcelorMittal’s R&D team will continue to pursue new and innovative steel solutions for lighter and safer vehicles and ensure steel continues to be the material of choice for car manufacturers”. 

On the history of the materials battle in recent decades, he said: “if you take a look at the product development that took place in aluminium over the past decades, you will find that very little progress has been made in terms of significant changes to its material properties. They have had the same high-strength that is three to four times lower than steel, for years and years. We on the other hand, are constantly reinventing ourselves. For example, today we are enjoying 1500 MPa press-hardened product called Usibor®. Our goal at ArcelorMittal is to have another Usibor® product of 2000 MPa within the year”.

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