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Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges

World Steel Association : 24 November, 2013  (Special Report)
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has 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".
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
Held at the Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel, the conference was opened by Joon-Yang Chung, Chairman of Worldsteel and Chairman and CEO of POSCO. CISA Chairman Lejiang Xu delivered a welcome speech and the keynote speaker Jimin Zhu, Executive Vice Chairman of CISA, addressed delegates on the current market and policy trends of the steel industry in China. Over 140 representatives of the automotive and steel industry listened to presentations addressing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as the key to future environmental management.
 
A selection of papers, both in English and Chinese
Opening address: Joon-Yang CHUNG, worldsteel Chairman (PDF, 68 KB)
汽车板国际研讨会-徐乐江 (PDF, 136 KB)
中国汽车工业发展前景展望-杨士敏 (PDF, 191 KB)
康永林-未来汽车用钢综合性能的发展潜力 (PDF, 4011 KB)
汽车产品生态设计评价项目进展情况介绍-张鹏 (PDF, 1345 KB)
Steel’s actions toward greener cars: Bill RUSSO, Advisor WorldAutoSteel (PDF, 2206 KB)
武钢汽车用钢研发与应用-潘利波 (PDF, 6989 KB)
长城汽车未来发展对钢铁材料提出的要求-魏元生 (PDF, 5804 KB)
武钢汽车用钢研发与应用-潘利波 (PDF, 1211 KB)
Sustainable steel solutions for Chinese cars: Michael GAO, Baosteel Group (PDF, 2441 KB)
Edwin Basson, Director General of Worldsteel said: “With the increasingly stringent emissions and crash safety requirements around the world, the automotive industry will be constantly looking for ways to meet the opposing challenges of lightweight vehicles that improve crash safety and reduce environmental impact. Therefore, it is critical for steel producers to work with car manufacturers in optimising design for both steel applications and future steel vehicles. The steel industry has taken the responsibility to lead the way in demonstrating the use of steel and life cycle assessment to reduce a vehicle carbon footprint and has invested more than $US80 million in future steel vehicle design.”
 
“We believe that a life cycle assessment of emissions is critical to a complete picture of a vehicle carbon footprint. It will primarily assist automakers in evaluating and reducing their total energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions throughout the product’s life cycle. The introduction of LCA in vehicle emissions regulations is a step forward for green manufacturing.”
 
Cees ten Broek, Director, WorldAutoSteel said: “We are committed to helping our customers to meet mass reduction challenges using steel. The steel industry continues to develop new generations of steel that are stronger, lighter and form easily to meet future requirements. We are continually reinventing steel and this is why advanced and ultra-high-strength steels have emerged and grown to become the fastest growing materials in the automotive sector.”
 
 "Steel provides a nearly limitless number of combinations of grades and gauges that allow engineers to place specific materials exactly where they are needed in a car body structure.”
 
A spokesman for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) commented: “We believe that the unique properties of steel enable it to continue to be the optimal material choice for the automotive sector in the next decades. We are delighted to see that our partners in the steel industry have been making substantial progress in advancing the performance of steels which will support the automotive industry’s drive towards green manufacturing.”
 
 
 
 
Executive Summary
  • A structural shift of economic power from West to the East is taking place, with stunning economic growth most evident in China and India over the past 20 years. This growth momentum will continue, making the Asian economies the most important in the world for the steel industry. 
  • The world has entered a new era since 2008, with over half of the world population now living in cities, and this increasingly urbanized world challenges the established set of paradigms for personal and commercial transportation, especially in the densely populated urban centers in China. 
  • For the global auto makers, Asia Pacific represents the greatest opportunity for growth, and within Asia Pacific the greatest growth opportunity is in China. China’s automotive market has been experiencing explosive growth, surpassing the US in 2009 as the world’s largest market 
  • However, China believes that its position as the leading automotive market creates an opportunity to drive the standards and architecture of future automotive technology. As a result, China has launched an ambitious program to electrify transportation, with significant implications for the auto and steel industries. 
  • China’s 12th 5-year plan identified 7 strategic emerging industries including energy efficiency & environmental protection, new generation information technology, bio-technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, alternative energy, new materials, electric vehicles
  • The steel industry must help shape the new green transportation “ecosystem” by proactively partnering with leading Chinese institutions to introduce light-weight environmentally friendly materials 
 
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