GI Fortiform® 980 features twice the ductility of its dual phase counterparts, offering the ductility of DP600 at the higher strength level of 980 MPa. High ductility allows for complex shapes to be formed at the higher strength level for improved safety and resulting in energy absorption parts like front and rear rails to be downgauged from DP600 thicknesses by 20% while achieving the same energy absorption levels. In addition, GI Fortiform® 980 exhibits higher levels of bake hardening which further improves performance.
ArcelorMittal invested $45M USD at its joint venture facility in Calvert, Alabama, USA, to innovate and deliver a product that is now the industry benchmark for its resistance to liquid metal embrittlement, a phenomenon that is typical for zinc coated products subjected to high stress.
These performance achievements and applicability are the result of material innovation and do not require any special accommodations in automotive manufacturing or assembly. Its development was driven by customer needs, with co-engineering on the product beginning in 2016. Its launch in production vehicles began in January 2021.
The Altair Enlighten Award is the industry’s only award dedicated to vehicle lightweighting and sustainability and honors the greatest advancements in reducing the carbon footprint, mitigating water and energy consumption, and promoting material reuse and recycling. There are five award categories: Sustainable Product; Sustainable Process; Module Lightweighting, Future of Lightweighting, and Lightweighting Enabling Technology.
“This is the first time that ArcelorMittal has received this coveted award, the automotive industry’s only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability and it is recognized as an outstanding accomplishment by the automotive industry worldwide. The most important reason is the trust that our customers place in ArcelorMittal and our researchers who were the main innovators of this product. We want to thank the Altair team for their meticulous standards in selecting ArcelorMittal and recognizing GI Fortiform® 980’s success in meeting automotive customer requirements that enable them to achieve further lightweighting with steel, at a cost that is affordable for end customers. We also thank the Centre for Automotive Research for its role in these awards.”
Bala Krishnan, Director Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal Global R&D
“The response to GI Fortiform® 980 from our customers has been very favorable and they have validated the significant weight savings potential of up to 20% with just this single grade of steel. Our teams continue to push forward to design, develop and manufacture smarter steels that are cleaner, stronger and recyclable and which support sustainable mobility. Being selected as the winner of the Altair Enlighten Award for Lighweighting Enabling Technology is validation that we are achieving our objectives.”
Shalaj Gupta, Director, Marketing and Performance Improvement, ArcelorMittal, participating in a panel presentation titled Engineering Product Innovations for Future Mobility at the Altair Enlighten event
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities in 17 countries. In 2020, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $53.3 billion and crude steel production of 71.5 million metric tonnes, while iron ore production reached 58.0 million metric tonnes. Our goal is to help build a better world with smarter steels. Steels made using innovative processes which use less energy, emit significantly less carbon and reduce costs. Steels that are cleaner, stronger and reusable. Steels for electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure that will support societies as they transform through this century. With steel at our core, our inventive people and an entrepreneurial culture at heart, we will support the world in making that change. This is what we believe it takes to be the steel company of the future. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).