Our innovation cycle is dynamic, multi-pronged and very efficient. It ensures we hear the voices of our customers and tailor our products to your diverse needs. Our dedicated team of 1,300 Global R&D specialists are constantly exploring the boundaries of what steel can do. They are proactively developing solutions which meet both your existing and future needs.
Together with our marketing teams, ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D team also offers proximity to the customer. The skills of our R&D teams and their state-of-the-art technology are available to support customers who want to engineer breakthrough products which are both cost-effective and environmentally responsible.
This article covers just some of the many products ArcelorMittal will commercialise or enhance this year as a result of our research programme. Each steel solution offers our customers the chance to add even more value to the applications they create with ArcelorMittal products.
Our selection of quenchable boron grades delivers a unique combination of extreme hardness, internal cleanliness and high strength. They also provide resistance to mechanical loads after heat treatment of finished parts. ArcelorMittal can tailor their properties to your specific needs, enabling you to create welded tubes for automotive and agricultural equipment which offer a longer lifetime and considerable weight reductions.
During 2015, ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products will enhance our portfolio of quenchable boron grades to include five new grades which offer full flexibility. Manufacturers of small welded tubes and agricultural equipment will notice effective cost reductions when they adopt these new grades.
ArcelorMittal’s new Amstrong™ range of ultra high strength steels (UHSS) allows manufacturers to develop lightweight solutions for agricultural, heavy lifting, mechanical engineering, mining, and transportation applications.
The Amstrong™ brand guarantees excellent flatness and cold forming properties for cut-to-length products. The extremely high impactresistance of the Amstrong™ range makes these steels the right choice in high-performance applications.
ArcelorMittal offers our customers a distinct advantage thanks to the wide range of dimensions available. For example, our Amstrong™ 700MC grade can be ordered in thicknesses from 1.8 up to 15 mm, and widths up to 2000 mm. This flexibility translates into significant productivity gains for processors.
During 2015 we will extend our range with the production of UHSS products. They will offer enhanced mechanical performance and inuse properties. For manufacturers of heavy lifting and crane boom applications, these additions to the Amstrong™ range will provide an excellent, cost-effective alternative.
Grade S390EK was developed by ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products as a high strength steel suitable for the two-sided enamelling process used in silos and tanks. The steel provides a fish scale-free enamelling substrate which does not require the use of ground enamels or sub-layers containing adhesive metallic oxides such as nickel or cobalt oxides.
A minimum yield strength of 390 Megapascals (MPa) is guaranteed after enamel firing. This allows customers to reduce the thickness of the steel used. Silo manufacturers can expect to reduce their costs by around 20% with S390EK thanks to its simplified enamelling process and higher strength.
Today’s architects and urban planners are paying much more attention to issues such as the sustainability and aesthetics of our built environment. Canny investors also realise that beautiful, durable buildings provide better return on investment.
ArcelorMittal has enriched our aesthetic offering of Granite® steels for roofs and facades to suit many of these concerns. We can offer an extensive choice from matt textured surfaces (such as Granite® Deep Mat for roofs and Granite® Silky Mat for facades) to bright finishes such as Granite® Silky Shine (released in April 2015).
Many of ArcelorMittal’s recent developments in organic coated coils have aimed to improve the sustainability and corrosion performance of our steels. Granite® Storm, our most popular deep matt coated steel in Europe, has been so successful at both that ArcelorMittal has had to add new production lines to cope with demand.
ArcelorMittal’s Solano® is our solution for roofs and cladding in demanding environments. Solano® offers exceptional performance and excellent corrosion resistance. In 2015 we will release Solano® Nature.
Like all of the steels in our Nature range (including the Granite® series), Solano® Nature is free of chromates and heavy metals and anticipates European regulations on the use of harmful substances (REACH).
Less than a decade after it was first developed, Magnelis® is now recognised as the best performing metallic coating for solar panel structures, safety barriers, building frames and many other applications where corrosion resistance is critical. The inclusion of zinc-aluminium-magnesium coatings in the European norm for continuously hot-dipped coated steel products (EN 10346) will open new opportunities for Magnelis®.
ArcelorMittal’s Optigal™ is now offered as an optimised substrate for organic coated products. It provides the corrosion protection and flexibility required for most building applications.