On Thursday 16 October 2014, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG), an intergovernmental organisation of lead and zinc producing and consuming states that functions as the international commodity board for lead and zinc, held the 59th session of its annual seminar. Our colleague Nicolas Rouet, Marketing Manager for Automotive Europe, was invited to give a conference about the future of galvanized steel products.
Zinc is a key component of galvanized steels for automotive applications. It is being used to prevent corrosion. 95% of coated steel uses pure zinc. Zinc is also used in steel products for other applications, like cladding, roofing, appliances, furniture…
Nicolas seized the opportunity to share with the public our confidence in the future despite the growing competition of alternative materials for automotive. "Steel is by far the most sustainable, versatile and affordable material to lighten vehicles", he said, before demonstrating the many benefits innovative steel products, like Usibor® and Fortiform®, can bring to the automotive industry. "The growing use of automotive coated materials in the emerging markets is a very positive sign for the future", he added.
Nicolas also highlighted the fact that thanks to our worldwide presence, our technical know-how and our continuing investments in R&D, ArcelorMittal is the only true global steel supplier to the automotive industry and the supplier of choice for advanced high strength steels.