Steel

Toyota said to seek supplier price cuts

Aug. 20, 2015 11:38 CET

Toyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said....
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Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultra-high-strength steel are already available....
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BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight....
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How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight....
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BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel....
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ArcelorMittal to use microbes to make fuel from waste gases

6:42 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles....
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers....
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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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SGL eyes more cutbacks on weak graphite electrode markets

March 18, 2015 16:59 CET

Germany's SGL, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW Group's electric cars, has stepped up cost cutting efforts again to grapple with a difficult market for graphite electrodes used in steel recycling....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety....
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Steel boosters step on Ford's football turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

A series of radio commercials broadcast this season in Michigan and Ohio during Detroit Lions football games exhorts shoppers to make sure they get a steel body on their new car, pickup or SUV....
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Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it....
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Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014

North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala....
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Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014

ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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