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The more competent steels

SSAB Tunnpl : 15 March, 2004  (New Product)
SSAB Swedish Steel will be presenting the whole of its range of advanced high strength steels at the ESEF Fair in Utrecht on 16 - 19 March. These steels provide the means for producing lighter, stronger and slimmer products, and they also have excellent properties for roll forming, laser cutting and other manufacturing processes.
In conjunction with the fair, SSAB will also be presenting its expanded support programme that now covers everything from logistics planning, production solutions and design analysis, right up to advice on the selection of materials and on methods of working and machining.

Steelmaker SSAB Swedish Steel has specialized in advanced high strength steels and has achieved a position of global leadership in this field. At the ESEF Fair in Utrecht, the company will now be presenting several items of news that include an expanded support programme. The advanced high strength steels have quickly captured markets in Europe, the USA and, more recently, also in Asia. This is due to the great opportunities offered by the steels for producing stronger, lighter and slimmer end products.

'We have customers in industries in which competition is often fierce,' explains Ben Wats, Sales Manager at SSAB Swedish Steel BV. 'Even so, their profitability is usually good. But to ensure success, we must be involved from an early stage in the development of new projects, so that we can assist customers with our steel knowledge. This enables mistakes in the development work to be avoided and allows competitive products to be developed.'

New types of steel that have aroused keen interest among many companies are the advanced high strength steels developed for corrosive environments. In addition to good corrosion resistance, the steels have excellent formability, weldability and impact strength. The steels are produced as hot-rolled Domex W and cold-reduced Domex W steels, and are available with minimum yield strengths of up to 700 N/mm2.

Development work on new advanced high strength steels is continually in progress at SSAB Swedish Steel. Steels now being introduced include the metal-coated Dogal 1000 DP steel with a minimum tensile strength of 1000 N/mm2, and the Domex 900 hot-rolled steel with a minimum yield strength of 900 N/mm2. The strongest cold-reduced steels have a minimum tensile strength of 1400 N/mm2. These very advanced high strength steels have aroused keen interest in the automotive industry, where lighter, stronger and safer components are in urgent demand.

'Many subcontractors have specified these steels in consultation with various vehicle manufacturers,' continues Ben Wats. 'Opportunities have emerged here for smaller subcontractors to compete by offering components that others cannot produce at equivalent prices.'

Another reason for the interest aroused by the advanced high strength steels from SSAB Swedish Steel is that their properties are beneficial in production. Due to the metal purity, consistent strength properties and low contents of alloying elements, the steels are well suited for welding, roll forming, laser cutting, hydroforming and other manufacturing processes.
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