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.

Catterall Featured Panelist at the 2017 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars

Auto/Steel Partnership's John Catterall featured panelist at the 2017 Center for Automotive Research Management briefing seminars

Catterall to focus on collaboration within the industry, future materials and research opportunities

Auto/Steel Partnership’s (A/SP), newly appointed executive director, John K. Catterall, was a featured panelist during the 2017 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), taking place today through Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan.

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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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