ArcelorMittal SA has installed new post-treatment technology on
the No. 1 galvanizing line at its Vega do Sul flat-rolled steel
mill in Brazils southern Santa Catarina state following a
"The new technology improves
Vegas coated sheets for the stamping process, making the
line particularly attractive to car manufacturers worldwide,"
the steelmaker said March 21.
In the new coating process, a
liquid solution is applied to the galvanized sheets. Because of
improved lubrification, steel goods can be more easily
processed in the stamping line, the company said.
With a capacity of 540,000
tonnes per year, the sheets from Vegas No. 1 galvanizing
line can be used in all parts of a vehicle, depending on its
design and technical requirements.
"The new technology will bring
the greatest improvements to car parts that require extra deep
drawing, such as door panels, side panels and hoods,"
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal said.
Vega supplies steel products to
such car manufacturers as Japans Honda Motor Co. Ltd.,
the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Italys Fiat SpA,
Detroit-based General Motors Co. and Frances PSA Peugeot
ArcelorMittals plans to
expand steel output capacity at Vega remain on hold. The
steelmaker had planned to increase galvanizing capacity, which
is now at 850,000 tonnes per year, by 600,000 tonnes, as well
as raise cold-rolled capacity, now at 600,000 tonnes annually,
by 700,000 tonnes.
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel