AHSS Application Guidelines 6.0 Available Today!

The book that every automotive engineer and press shop personnel should have in their library, Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines Version 6.0, is now available for free download!  Jump to the page right away and click the download link, give us your email (that’s all we ask and we don’t abuse it) and download immediately. […]

Where are the AHSS Application Guidelines????

The AHSS Application Guidelines is the most coveted document on our website, getting thousands of downloads.  But, Version 5.0 is three years old now, so we’ve taken it down because…wait for it…Version 6.0 will be ready for free download on 17 May 2017!!!! So, mark your calendars, get out your party hats, tell your friends! […]

UCSB Automotive Energy & GHG Model Ver. 5 Available Today!

WorldAutoSteel has released Version 5.0 of the UCSB Automotive Energy & GHG Model (“UCSB Model”) today. The model, developed by the University of California at Santa Barbara, helps users to analyze the environmental impact of new vehicle design using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This helps automakers evaluate emission savings over the full life cycle of […]

Gift Thoughtfully! Give Steel!

As you’re combing the internet and stores for a new gift idea for that special someone, you may want to think about giving a gift made of steel. When you give steel, you can tell all of your special people that their present is helping to improve our society. Steel is safe, strong, germ-resistant, recyclable, […]

Automotive Materials Engineers and Designers to Gain from WorldAutoSteel’s New Online Workshop

Available at steeluniversity.org today! Ambitious automotive designers bent on leaving a lasting mark in vehicle design history will want to take full advantage of an enabling approach now being offered by WorldAutoSteel, the automotive group of the World Steel Association.  The enabler is an online course of study offered by WorldAutoSteel through steeluniversity.org. The course […]

U.S. University Student Wins US$500 Gift Card in WorldAutoSteel’s #NameTheSteelGuy Contest

Brussels, 7 September 2016 – WorldAutoSteel is pleased to announce that a university student from the United States, Laron B., has been named Grand Prize Winner of the steel consortium’s #NameTheSteelGuy contest. Laron will receive a US$500 Amazon Gift Card (and bragging rights) for winning the light-hearted competition that WorldAutoSteel conducted this past summer on […]

[VIDEO] Steel in cars – lighter than you think!

In contrast to other lightweight materials steel is the less expensive and more ecological solution for automotive manufacturing. From the several hundred automotive steel grades on the market, there is a suitable alloy with the required properties for nearly every component.  This video, produced by the German Steel Federation (WV Stahl) tells the story.  

[VIDEO] The Future Begins with Steel

The German Federation (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl im Stahl-Zentrum), in which our German members participate, produced a video (in German) that promotes steel’s effectiveness in multiple industries, called “An insightful day – future begins with steel”.  For automotive, they used the actual models, inside and out, of FutureSteelVehicle as an example for steel’s vehicle lightweighting and performance potential.  Watch to […]

WorldAutoSteel Launches “Name The Steel Guy” Summer Contest Via Social Media

  One lucky winner to receive US$ 500.00 Amazon Gift Card!   Brussels, 18 July 2016 – WorldAutoSteel is pleased to announce our Name the Steel Guy contest, a light-hearted competition to be launched on the social media channel, Facebook. Your job as a contest participant is to come up with a creative, fun name for […]

Chevrolet Demonstrates Competitive Advantage of Silverado’s Roll-Formed, High-Strength Steel Bed

Lab tests and field demonstrations show Silverado’s roll-formed, high-strength steel bed outperforms the competitor’s stamped aluminum bed, as shown in new videos released by Chevrolet.   It made our day.  Watch the video>>>

Updated AHSS Application Guidelines Available Soon!

Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines V5.1 Coming Soon!! from worldautosteel on Vimeo. Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines compiles the latest best practices from around the world on Forming and Joining the newest steels. It’s the book that every press shop, engineer and automaker should have. And we’re updating it again. Version 5.1 will be available […]

20 Years of Automotive Steel Contributions

Reducing vehicle weight was and is a serious challenge among automakers to reduce their product’s environmental footprint by reducing their energy consumption. Vehicle weight reduction–that is, making the vehicle more structurally efficient—is one critical factor for meeting environmental performance requirements. Additionally, automakers have the extra challenge to achieve this structurally efficient weight reduction while also […]

WorldAutoSteel Celebrates 20 Years!

Everyone says it: “It’s hard to believe all that time has passed.” And we say it today with bravado. For 20 years, we have been experiencing this amazing collaborative environment: global sheet steel producers working together, side by side, to provide new solutions and insights for automotive applications using the newest and sleekest steels ever […]

China’s HBIS Joins WorldAutoSteel

BRUSSELS, 8 February 2016 – We are pleased to announce that the He Steel Group Co.,Ltd (HBIS), headquartered in Hebei, China, has joined WorldAutoSteel’s membership. HBIS, formed from the combination of former Tangsteel Group Ltd and Hansteel Group Ltd on June 30, 2008,  is a major steel producer in China.  HBIS joined WorldAutoSteel officially as of 1 January […]

Comparing Total Life Cycle Assessment of Efficient Vehicle Designs

This Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) follows up on the findings of the WorldAutoSteel study, A New Paradigm for Automotive Mass Benchmarking, which explored the current production vehicle data provided in the A2Mac1 teardown database.  Using statistical benchmarking regression models, the initial study identified those components that were lighter than others of the same size and […]

All New 2017 GMC Acadia/Denali Sheds 700 lbs. with Steel

This is a vehicle we’ll be investigating further!  Built on a new, lighter body structure, the 2017 Acadia’s driving dynamics are more responsive, while its shorter length and narrower width enable greater maneuverability, for easier turning in parking decks and easier parking in home garages. The body structure incorporates press-hardened, high-strength steels, which allowed thinner […]

Implementing AHSS in Vehicle Structures…and Improving Tomorrow’s Carbon Footprint

One of the biggest hurdles facing automakers in making electrified vehicles a high volume reality is the cost of the battery. The lighter the vehicle, the less energy required to mobilize, and the smaller the battery needed. Consequently, development emphasis is on small size vehicle classes, where the battery size and ultimate vehicle cost are […]

Auto Benchmarking Study Reveals More Lightweighting Opportunities With Steel

BRUSSELS, 19 October 2015 – A study released today by WorldAutoSteel, the automotive group of the World Steel Association, showed a wide variation in efficiency among steel components in vehicles on the road today. The study, “A New Paradigm for Automotive Mass Benchmarking,” further revealed that when aluminium closure components, such as doors, bumpers, hatchbacks, […]

NEW VIDEO! Advanced High-Strength Steel Transformers

Today’s steels are better, stronger, lighter than their ancestors. They’re the new enabler for automotive design, mechanically engineered to meet the design challenge, tailored for performance requirements, with manufacturing options for the lightest, most affordable and environmentally efficient part possible. The new steel combined with advanced manufacturing processes reduces mass, cost and life cycle emissions. […]

Free Illustrated Posters of Worldwide Crash Regulations

WorldAutoSteel is constantly studying the automotive marketplace.  No surprise since our members supply the auto industry.  We recently commissioned a survey of all crash regulations around the world, conducted by Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH (fka), Aachen, Germany.  The information was compiled into two posters, covering current regulations for Europe, the United States, Australia, China, India, Japan and South […]

AHSS Guidelines V5 NOW Available for Digital Readers

We’re happy to announce that Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines V5 is available now at many popular digital reader stores. You can get your copy for use on your tablet or digital reader at any of the following locations, either free of charge or for a very small fee, depending on the rules at the […]

New Mass Benchmarking Method Helps OEMs Set Better Vehicle Weight Targets

Enables investigation of A2MAC1 vehicle tear-down database over a range of vehicle sizes DETROIT, April 23, 2015 – A new benchmarking method, presented today at the Society of Automotive Engineers International World Congress and Exhibition, provides automakers with a more comprehensive means to compare vehicle subsystem weights for better mass reduction target setting. The methodology […]

Welcome new members to WorldAutoSteel!

In the past months, two new global steel companies have joined our membership.  They are: AK Steel, Ohio, U.S. – Following the purchase of the Severstal NA operations, AK Steel has decided to continue and expand on the positive relationship enjoyed with WorldAutoSteel. AK Steel has a long, successful history participating in the programs of […]

Automakers Use AHSS to Make Better Cars – an article by GN Focus

Ahead of their times:  Steel industry projects FutureSteelVehicle, ULSAB-AVC, ULSAB and ULSAC demonstrated advanced steel applications for lightweight, safe, affordable and environmentally sound automotive structures.  Their engineering reports are still being downloaded today by engineers worldwide–there’s still so much to be gleaned from the steel and steel technologies demonstrated by these projects. GN Focus, a […]

WorldAutoSteel Truck and SUV Case Studies Stress Need for Life Cycle Mindset in Vehicle Emissions Regulations

Light Duty Truck and SUV Material Studies Show Steel Lighter on the Environment than Aluminum Over Total Vehicle Life DETROIT, Nov. 19, 2014 – WorldAutoSteel released findings today of two new case studies that examine the effect that various automotive materials can have on total life cycle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for Light Duty Truck […]

New Indicator Tests the Environmental Impacts of Material and Engine Choices

In the effort to make vehicles lighter and more efficient, it’s important to look at the whole life cycle of the vehicle, from the moment raw materials are mined to manufacturing and driving it on the road, to the day it is recycled in the scrap yard.  The Vehicle Emissions Impact Indicator lets you have […]

Life Cycle Assessment Sees The Big Picture [VIDEO]

Without a life cycle assessment to guide the design process, decisions will be made that could result in unintended consequences: a complete shift of the emissions problem to the manufacturing of the vehicle, with no impact or even an increase in total lifetime emissions reduction.  This short video tells you why life cycle assessment is […]

worldsteel announces the 9th steelChallenge launch date

Brussels, 20 October 2014 – steelChallenge-9 will begin with the regional championship round on 19 November 2014 and will finish with the world championship round on 11 February 2015. There are two categories: ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’. Entrants in both categories will compete online from their own countries in the first round and the winners will […]

Steel at Aachen Body Engineering Days Today

  Dr. Chris LaHaije, Tata Steel, and Sascha Sikora, ThyssenKrupp Stahl Europe, will present Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) Application Guidelines today at Aachen Body Engineering Days, Aachen, Germany, at 2:00 PM.  LaHaije and Sikora will join a program filled with automakers and Tier One Suppliers presenting the latest innovations and technologies for the design and […]

New AHSS Guidelines Support Use of the Latest, Lightest Steel Technologies

Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines V5.0 combines metallurgy, forming and joining experiences from around the world Livonia, Mich., May 14, 2014 – Today at the Great Designs in Steel automotive conference, WorldAutoSteel announced the launch of the Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines (AHSS Guidelines) Version 5.0, the largest and most comprehensive update since its first […]

[VIDEO] Automotive Steel is Just as Light and Stronger than Aluminium

Recently Jody Shaw, U. S. Steel Corporation, a member of WorldAutoSteel, conducted an interview discussing a new lightweight vehicle control arm for suspensions.  WorldAutoSteel and its members are continually working to address the needs of its automotive customers for lighter, stronger, affordable components that bring high quality performance to vehicles.  Listen to what makes lightweight […]

WORLDSTEEL PROMOTES GREEN MANUFACTURING IN CHINA

Guangzhou, 21 November 2013 – The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one day conference on “Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive”. Held at the Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel, the […]

UCSB Automotive Materials Greenhouse Gas Comparison Model Version 4.0 Available

Brussels, 5 November 2013 – WorldAutoSteel has released Version 4.0 of its Automotive Materials Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Comparison Model. The model, developed by the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), helps users to analyze the environmental impact of new vehicle design. This allows automakers to realize emission savings over the full life cycle of […]

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD OR MARKETING GIMMICK?

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 25, 2013 – The Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI) President Lawrence W. Kavanagh issued the following statement regarding the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Life Cycle Assessment – Energy and CO2 Emissions of Aluminum-Intensive Vehicles funded by the Aluminum Association.  Read the release at the Steel Market Development Institute >>  

New Study Highlights the Need for a Life Cycle Assessment Approach to Vehicle Emissions Regulation

BRUSSELS, 12 July 2013 – A new study commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) says that with increasing efficiencies of powertrains and fuels that contribute to lower emissions during the driving phase of the car, the use of tailpipe CO2e emissions will become “almost irrelevant in terms of focusing on true carbon profiles” […]

Stars to Cars ebook Available From Amazon on Kindle

Did you know that your car came from outer space? Of course, it’s not an alien vessel, but it is made mostly of steel, which in turn is made mostly from iron, and iron – as Stars to Cars explains – is a very special element.  Earth’s abundance of iron is, in the true sense […]

Industry Today Article Provides an Update on Steel vs Aluminum

INDUSTRY TODAY, JUNE 2013 – Pound for Pound – The boundless heavyweight fight continues between steel and aluminum for supreme lightweight bragging rights for automotive body structures.  After decades of aluminum claiming that it is No. 1, recent studies have steel industrialists believing they may have the championing knockout punch. (used by permission)  Read the […]

STEEL INDUSTRY CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT A LIFE CYCLE APPROACH TO EU VEHICLE EMISSIONS AS OF 2020

BRUSSELS, 22 May 2013 – As negotiations on the EU review of the CO2 emissions from cars Regulation kick off today, the steel industry calls upon the Council to uphold Parliament’s amendment acknowledging the importance of a Life Cycle Assessment in emissions legislation after 2020.  Read more >>

Designing the Future of the Automotive Industry: Great Designs in Steel Seminar Demonstrates Steel’s Leading Position

 DETROIT, May 2, 2013 – More than 1,400 steel and automotive experts gathered in Livonia, Mich. yesterday to discuss a key aspect of the automotive industry’s future success: advanced steel technologies. Recent research proves that advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) body structures can be as lightweight as aluminum bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and […]

STEEL ELIMINATES WEIGHT GAP WITH ALUMINIUM FOR CAR BODIES

New studies show a further reduction in body structure mass The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also […]

Secondary Mass Changes in Vehicle Design

Vehicle design engineers intuitively know that an unplanned mass increase in a component during vehicle design has a ripple effect throughout the vehicle; subsystems need to be resized to function with this additional mass. These secondary mass changes can be significant, and it is important to consider them during the mass budgeting process. This is […]

New Vehicle Design Tool Enables Quick Comparisons Of Material Selection Trade Offs

The Design Advisor software, available for free download here, allows vehicle design decision makers to quickly and accurately examine material selection tradeoffs in terms of mass, cost and greenhouse gas emissions savings.  Design Advisor, developed by Dr. Don Malen of University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, provides an easy-to-use Microsoft Excel file format that allows […]

worldsteel Advancing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Latin America

Buenos Aires, 25 October 2012 – Over 90 representatives from across Latin America came together to look at how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) could be rolled out through the steel industry in the region.  LCA provides a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product or material across the whole supply chain, from raw […]

SSAB AB Joins WorldAutoSteel

Brussels, 16 October 2012— WorldAutoSteel announced today the addition of SSAB as a new member of its ongoing programme to demonstrate the contribution of steel to sustainably reduce vehicle carbon footprint. “WorldAutoSteel welcomes SSAB to its membership and looks forward to including their expertise in the area of high-strength steels within our strong automotive steel […]

FutureSteelVehicle Wins American Metal Market Award

DETROIT, June 20, 2012 – The Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI) Automotive Applications Council was pleased to receive the American Metal Market magazine’s 2012 Steel Excellence Award in the environmental responsibility / stewardship category last night for its role in the global FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) project. Lawrence W. Kavanagh, president, SMDI, accepted the award at a […]

worldsteel Releases ‘Sustainable Steel’ Publication at Rio +20 United Nations Conference

 Brussels, 15 June 2012 – worldsteel is participating at the Rio +20 Conference and launched its new publication; ‘Sustainable steel: at the core of a green economy’. The steel industry will be demonstrating the key position steel has had and will continue to have in the successful sustainable development of our global society. The steel […]

New Updated Greenhouse Gas Automotive Materials Comparison Model Available

WorldAutoSteel has released a 2012 version 3 of the UCSB Greenhouse Gas Automotive Materials Comparison Model, which features several significant upgrades from the previous generation. The main goal in creating Version 3.0 was to increase the vehicle types that can be assessed with the models, and the conditions under which they are used. A secondary […]

LCA Key to Reducing Vehicle Carbon Footprint

Advanced High-Strength Steel Solutions Combined with Electrified Powertrains Reduce Total Life Cycle Emissions  Life cycle assessment (LCA) of emissions is critical to a complete picture of a vehicle carbon footprint, Cees ten Broek, WorldAutoSteel Director, said today at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a joint press conference with engineering firm, EDAG International.  Ten Broek presented […]

Cutting-edge LMS NVH work helps FutureSteelVehicle reduce body structure

Design optimization supports advanced steel technology to reach EV weight target By contributing cutting-edge NVH know-how and design optimization, LMS successfully helped reduce the weight of the FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) concept car body structure without compromising NVH performance. As part of the team working on the FutureSteelVehicle project, commissioned by WorldAutoSteel, LMS focused on early stage […]

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