Innovation is key to the future and sustainability of the steel business. Based on a long tradition, the steel industry has developed more than 2,500 different steel grades to date. This innovation in products and processes continues, as worldwide market leader ArcelorMittal showed by putting steel at the forefront of innovation at Euroblech 2016, the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition in Hanover which is being held from 25-29 October 2016.
On stand B58 in Hall 17, ArcelorMittal presented its latest digitalisation services for customers, as well as product innovations with Amstrong® Ultra and Relia®, an extensive range of ultra-high strength and wear-resistant steels designed to optimise weight and reduce the operational costs of mechanical equipment.
E-business solutions in focus
ArcelorMittal has created a strong digital backbone which offers various e-business solutions to its customers. This includes pre-sales activities with mobile apps like Steel Advisor- a new online product selection guide to help customers find the most suitable steel product for their applications – as well as online final invoicing and payment process technologies. ArcelorMittal has e-solutions which speed-up transactions, eliminate the risk of errors and reduce administrative costs.
On its SteelUser platform, customers can view order-related information, including online order entry and follow-up, electronic invoices and other documents, to name just a few services.
“More than 89% of our customers use SteelUser daily, and more than half make use of electronic invoices. We believe that in a short time, every organisation’s procurement process will be digitalised to some extent. We strongly encourage our customers to make the most of our digital platforms and enjoy the competitive advantage”, said Marc Billant, head of commercial digitalisation at ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.
New products reduce weight and operational costs
Amstrong® Ultra is a new range of high strength steels for structural parts in transport, yellow and green goods, lifting and mechanical engineering industries. It is manufactured in widths of up to 3800 mm and with a minimum yield strength ranging from 650 to 1100 MPa, combines excellent formability with toughness at low temperatures and fatigue resistance. Amstrong® Ultra grades enable manufacturers to reduce steel thickness and weight, thus improving payload and reducing fuel consumption in mobile equipment.
“Amstrong® Ultra produced from coils as sheets has one of the widest dimensional range available in this segment”, said Sandeep Arora, general manager of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.
Relia® is ArcelorMittal’s new range of high hardness, low-alloyed martensitic steels, offering outstanding resistance to wear and abrasion. Relia® grades come in three nominal hardness levels: 400, 450 and 500 HBW, obtained through intense water quenching during manufacturing. Principal applications include construction and earthmoving, mining and mineral processing, demolition, waste and recycling, where equipment is required to withstand abrasive environments in a reliable, durable and efficient way.