Collaborative research and development continues to provide significant value towards advancing applications of steel in the automotive industry.
The Auto/Steel Partnership has been able to undertake some challenging projects and set a new benchmark for cross-industry collaboration.
Focus on benchmarking, developing and documenting proven solutions that balanced the interaction of material, manufacturing and performance.
With the more stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations, it is more important than ever to collaborate on advancing lightweight steel technologies.
The Auto/Steel Partnership – a consortium of North American steel companies and automotive manufacturers – is celebrating its 25 year anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1987, the unique Partnership has helped bring the automotive and steel industries together to develop technology solutions that expedite the use of advanced high-strength steels in vehicles and address common issues to strengthen both industries.
In the past 25 years, the Auto/Steel Partnership has undertaken a number of challenging projects that set a benchmark for cross-industry collaboration that have helped increase the number of steel options that offer unique properties for affordability, lightweighting and strengthening vehicle structures and closures. These new advanced high-strength steels have helped to improve fuel economy, emissions, quality and affordability in vehicles.Continued collaboration is the key to the success of the Partnership and will continue to be in order to effectively address the challenges that our industry faces over the next 25 years, including developing steel solutions that meet customer demands in the years ahead.
NAAMS HAS A NEW HOME!
NAAMS Global Standard Components for Assembly and Stamping are produced and maintained through collaboration efforts between Chrysler LLC., Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, and their respective suppliers. They describe and define approved components utilized to design and manufacture Stamping Dies and Tooling to produce or join various sheet metal products as part of the vehicle body, assembly production process. This effort began under sponsorship of the Auto/Steel Partnership in 1992, and was transferred to the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) in 2010. To access NAAMS Global Stamping and Assembly Component data, please click here.
12/4/2013 - Advanced steel suspension part helps automakers meet fuel economy standards.
11/27/2013 - Design News article addresses how the steel industry is working to help OEMs build cars that will meet the 54.5 MPG standards with AHSS technologies.
11/18/2013 - An independent research study found that when asked about sustainability in food packaging choices, two-thirds of consumers preferred steel cans!
11/13/2013 - The research yielded design examples for steel plate girder bridges that could significantly limit the damage sustained in a large earthquake, allowing for quicker repairs.
11/12/2013 - This new edition of the "Harmonized North American Standard" includes research advancements in cold-formed steel design and supersedes all previous editions.
When the total vehicle's life cycle is considered or taken into account, STEEL is the most environmentally and cost effective choice for auto makers.