ArcelorMittal recently received supplier awards from two of our automotive customers. On 16 June 2015, ArcelorMittal accepted the Best Supplier Award in the Value Creation category from global carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën. This award recognises the introduction of ArcelorMittal’s Fortiform® family of steels for cold stamping. In the same week Dana Reinz, a Tier-1 supplier based in Germany, awarded ArcelorMittal’s performance in quality and logistics. Both awards acknowledge the hard work undertaken by ArcelorMittal’s customer teams.
Speaking at the 2015 Best Supplier Awards event, Yannick Bezard, PSA’s executive vice president for purchasing said: “To achieve our common goal to further reduce the weight of cars, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions, ArcelorMittal has developed Fortiform®, a new grade of steel which combines high strength steel with cold stamping formability. Fortiform® allows us to reuse our existing conventional stamping presses while achieving weight savings of between 10 and 20%.”
“The PSA award recognises ArcelorMittal’s ability to bring to market breakthrough technical solutions such as Fortiform® which can meet the global need for sustainable mobility solutions,” noted Philippe Antoine, head of the advanced engineering department for ArcelorMittal Automotive Worldwide who was on hand to accept the award from PSA. “It also recognises the benefit of ArcelorMittal’s co-engineering approach where we work closely with carmakers to understand the challenges they face and develop products and solutions to meet those needs.”
PSA Peugeot Citroën sold 2.9 million vehicles in 2014, making it one of the top ten vehicle manufacturers in the world. Since 2011, ArcelorMittal has held the status of Strategic Supplier to PSA’s automotive operations.
PSA’s Peugeot 308 was named Car of the Year 2014 by a panel of leading European automotive journalists. A key factor in the selection of this vehicle as Car of the Year was its efficient design which is based on an advanced weight-reduction strategy. The Peugeot 308 contains a number of ArcelorMittal’s leading products for automotive including:
The award from Dana Reinz was presented to ArcelorMittal during the company’s 2015 Supplier Summit. Dana designs, develops and supplies a full-service range of sealing, shielding and engine cover systems for the global automotive industry.
ArcelorMittal was one of three suppliers to receive an award during the event, and the only steelmaker to be recognised. The award was accepted by Michael Fischer, ArcelorMittal’s global account manager for international stampers who said: “This award is the result of ArcelorMittal’s performance in product quality and logistics. Dana Reinz have underlined their willingness to maintain a good relationship with ArcelorMittal for the longer term.”
From left to right: Yannick Bézard, PSA’s executive vice president for purchasing; Philippe Antoine, head of the advanced engineering department for ArcelorMittal; Jean-Marc Finot, PSA’s vice president research innovation and advanced engineering; and Alexandre Guignard, vice president C-crossover segment for PSA.
Pictured at the Dana Reinz Supplier Summit are (left to right): Eric Jacq, Dana’s vice president global power technologies manufacturing and operations excellence; Anne Laurent, ArcelorMittal’s local account manager for international stampers; René Peifer, deputy account manager for ArcelorMittal’s international stampers; Oliver Frasch, global commodity manager flat steel & tubing for Dana, Michael Fischer, ArcelorMittal’s global account manager for international stampers; Birgit Nothhelfer, purchasing for Dana; Reiner Ellenrieder, Dana’s purchasing team leader Europe; and Gary Baugh, Dana’s senior director of purchasing.