AK Steel announced plans to introduce one of the first commercially available next-generation advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). The new technology produces improved formability at higher ultimate tensile strength levels, which provides automotive customers greater opportunities for lightweighting. The $29 million project includes modifying the current hot-dip galvanizing line (HDGL) at AK Steel’s Dearborn Works, using new process technology to produce both coated and cold-rolled AHSS on the same line. Modification of the HDGL is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016, with new products being shipped to customers by early 2017.
AK Steel to Produce Next-Generation AHSS
June 9, 2015