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MSC Wins Automotive News Pace Award

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Material Sciences Corp., Canton, Mich., has won a 2019 Automotive News PACE Award for its MSC Smart Steel. MSC Smart Steel is a lightweight alternative to conventional steel for stamped vehicle parts.

The award recognizes suppliers for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance.

MSC Smart Steel is a multi-layer steel laminate engineered as a direct substitute for low-carbon stamped vehicle body parts. Offering up to a 35 percent mass savings compared with same-thickness standard steel, MSC Smart Steel is produced as a coil, stamped in conventional dies, spot welded with existing equipment and processed through standard electro-coat and paint systems – essentially compatible with existing manufacturing systems. This is the first ever spot-weldable, low-density composite laminate to be used in a body application, the company claims.
“MSC is proud to be one of the elite thirteen 2019 PACE Award winners,” said Matt Murphy, MSC vice president, Engineered Solutions. “We could not have earned this recognition without the vision and support of Ford Motor Company. After years of collaboration with MSC, Smart Steel will make its first appearance in the automotive industry as roof bows on the 2019 Lincoln Aviator. This is a perfect example of how innovative designs and lightweight materials are playing a significant role in delivering competitive vehicles that do not compromise performance.”

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