June 10, 2015
AK Steel to Produce Next Gen AHSS
AK Steel will invest $29 million in the Hot Dip Galvanizing Line at its Dearborn Works facility to produce the first commercially available Next Generation Advanced High-Strength Steels. The new technology produces significantly improved formability at higher ultimate tensile strength levels, which provides automotive customers greater opportunities for lightweighting, the company claims.
The project includes modifying the current HDGL at AK Steel’s Dearborn Works, using new process technology to produce both coated and cold-rolled Next-Generation AHSS products on the same line. The steelmaker expects to complete the modification of the HDGL by the fall of 2016, with new products being shipped to customers by early 2017.
“We are excited to take this major step forward to provide steels that meet our customers’ needs,” says James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. “These new process and product technologies will enable us to introduce a family of steels that have improved formability, and give automakers greater flexibility and improved safety performance to lightweight their vehicles.”
Dearborn Works was selected for this project due to the configuration of its existing galvanizing line and technology. Commissioned in 2011, the HDGL allows AK Steel to install the new technology to produce coated and cold-rolled products at a fraction of the cost of a new production line, executives claim.