MRAPs A red-hot market for bomb-proof, heat-treated plate

Jan 01, 2008 | 10:55 AM |

Given the urgency for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles used to help shield U.S. troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, steelmakers are under intense pressure to meet demand.

Armor steel plate for MRAPs, which consist of several different models but all feature a raised chassis and a V-shaped hull to help deflect the impact of explosives, comes from three producers in North America Evraz Oregon Steel Mills Inc., Portland, Ore.; Algoma Steel Inc., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and ArcelorMittal, Chicago. All three have been maximizing production levels.

Scott J. Montross, vice president and general manager of Evraz Oregon Steel Mills, said his company's mill in Portland is producing about 8,000 tons of armor plate a month for military applications. "They've asked us to support the program as much as we can. It's our civic duty to do that. We're running pretty much at full tilt."....





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