ArcelorMittal to boost output of armor plate

Dec 04, 2007 | 03:09 PM | Michael Cowden

ArcelorMittal is boosting production of quenched and tempered plate from its U.S. mills to keep up with strong military demand.

The news will be a welcome relief for some commercial customers, who had seen their orders languish behind higher-priority military business, one analyst said.

The integrated steelmaker aims to boost its capacity for quenched and tempered products by 50,000 tons. As part of the project, ArcelorMittal will make investments at all of its U.S. plate facilities—Coatesville and Conshohocken, Pa., and Burns Harbor and Gary, Ind.

Quenched and tempered plate is harder and stronger than normal plate, and that makes it desirable for protective skins on military vehicles, ArcelorMittal said. The U.S. military has been seeking to increase armor on vehicles in Iraq, in part to protect troops from roadside bombs, also known as improvised explosive devices. But commercial demand for quenched and tempered plate also remains strong, especially for applications such as mining machinery and high-strength bridges, an ArcelorMittal spokesman said.....





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