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Global R&D for automotive

Exploring the properties of steel

ArcelorMittal explores and exploits the unique properties of steel like no one else! That’s why automakers are inviting us to help them create the safer, lighter, cleaner vehicles of tomorrow. We hit targets for weight reduction without ever compromising on safety, style, or affordability. And with the lowest-possible carbon footprint and cost.

We are constantly developing new steel products, solutions, and design partnerships. We are constantly discovering new ways to give our automotive customers creative freedom and consumer appeal.

ArcelorMittal is constantly developing the next generation of advanced steels to serve the global automotive sector. Our researching reach, product portfolio and expertise make us the undisputed technology leader for automotive.



Key figures

  • 1,500 full-time researchers in a worldwide network of 11 laboratories
  • Each year we spend approximately $300 million on R&D
  • 80+ new products under development at any time
  • Roughly 1/3 of ArcelorMittal’s research budget is devoted to automotive
  • Today we produce steels with strengths up to 2000 MPa, before the year 2000 the maximum strength was only 340 MPa



ArcelorMittal has 6 Global R&D sites dedicated to the automotive industry

Around 600 engineers and technician develop new steels, improve the in-use properties of steel, conceive breakthrough products & solutions and provide technical support services for customers. ArcelorMittal operates six Global R&D sites around the world dedicated to exploring new steel solutions for automotive.


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Innovation across all fields

ArcelorMittal’s automotive research covers all fields required by the automotive industry including:

  • Advanced high strength steels (AHSS)
  • Innovative coatings
  • Hot and cold stamping as well as roll forming
  • Laser welded blanks (LWB)
  • Tubular and long products

We also develop innovative electrical iCARe® steels that bring significant performance improvements to the core of the electric motors, extending the driving range while boosting efficiency and acceleration. Our Smart Steel solutions for the battery protection, chassis and body-in-white applications of battery electric vehicles are the latest extension of our S-in motion® range of lightweight solutions.

All product innovations are supported by ArcelorMittal’s high-level process experts.

For more information about ArcelorMittal’s Research and Development activities, please visit the R&D pages on


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