Steel to remain king of hill in automotive: SDMI

May 15, 2014 | 11:42 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Steel Market Development Institute, Larry Kavanagh, Ronald Krupitzer, Great Designs in Steel, advanced high-strenth steel, aluminum, plastic, Ford F-150 Michael Cowden

LIVONIA, Mich. — Steel will remain the material of choice for cars and trucks as advanced high-strength steels increasingly gain traction among automakers, sometimes at the expense of competing materials such as aluminum, Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) executives said in an interview.

"Right now we’re working on vehicles that are going to launch in ’17, ’18 and ’19, which is why I know you are going to see continued high adoption of high-strength steels," SMDI president Lawrence W. Kavanagh said May 14 at the group’s Great Designs in Steel conference in Livonia, Mich.....

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