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Ford to use ultra-high-strength steel

Keywords: Tags  Ford Motor, ultra-high-strength steel, carbon fiber, Leonardo Vaquero Negrete, lightweighting, AMM 18th annual Mexican Steel Forum, steel, automotive Steel First

MONTERREY, Mexico — Ford Motor Co. plans to manufacture its vehicles using ultra-high-strength steels or alternative materials such as carbon fiber by 2020 to reduce vehicle weight and cut fuel consumption.

“In the automotive industry, we’re seeing the use of ultra-high-strength steels such as dual-phase as well as aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium,” Ford purchasing manager Leonardo Vaquero Negrete told delegates at AMM’s 18th annual Mexican Steel Forum in Monterrey.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based company expects to make its cars with these kinds of materials by the end of 2020, he said.

Such a change would help the company to “reduce the weight of (its) vehicles by about 340 kilograms (750 pounds),” Negrete said.
The use of high-strength steels, such as high-strength low-alloy, dual-phase and boron steel, has helped Ford perform well in crash tests, according to company data.

Subsidiary Ford Motor Company SA de CV of Mexico City reported monthly vehicle sales of 82,000 units in 2012, up from 75,000 per month in 2011.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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