Hemming of Thin Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel

The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) Hemming of Thin Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) project achieved a 30 percent weight savings with an extremely tight breakline radii using thinner gauge AHSS for automotive closure panels.

Stamping Tooling Optimization

The Auto/Steel Partnership Stamping Tooling Optimization team conducts research on the leading edge of materials technology to develop optimum standards for durable tools to form advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) at a high value. In the progressive die video, AHSS coils are punched, trimmed and flange-formed in a production setup to evaluate multiple cutting and forming materials. In the U-Bend video, AHSS coils are trimmed and formed in a single stage die that simulates production. For both, cast and wrought tools are coated with various plasma and other treatments and coatings to determine combinations that provide maximum durability.

A/SP Appoints John K. Catterall as Executive Director


The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) announced on March 13, 2017 John K. Catterall, an automotive engineering veteran in body structure, chassis and closure applications, has been named executive director of the organization.

The A/SP leverages the intellectual and technical resources of the automotive, steel and related industries and organizations to develop pre-competitive lightweight steel solutions to meet the current and future needs of automakers. This consortium has proven to be a long-time leader in delivering mass efficient, high-performing, cost-effective solutions for body and chassis applications as evident by numerous applications on the road today.

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Auto/Steel Partnership Technology Roadmap

The A/SP technology roadmap – updated annually and used for annual project planning – documents the current and future technical challenges for automotive steel applications. The roadmap captures technical areas of interest and need within the industry and is mapped against when the technology is needed for application (end date of the project area) and when the projects supporting the technical area need to begin to achieve the desired results at the appropriate time. In addition, the roadmap indicates which projects are best suited for pre-competitive collaboration within the A/SP and which project areas are better suited for other organizations such as research for universities, design for automakers or steel development. 

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