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Tailored Blanks

The automotive industry faces two major challenges today: emissions reduction and improvement of safety standards. Reducing vehicle weight by using lighter solutions is an obvious way to cut emissions, but steel offers unbeatable crash protection. ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks answers both these demands with innovative solutions.

ArcelorMittal’s Tailored Blanks division is a world leader in laser welded blanks (LWBs) with design and production facilities in most parts of the world.


 

Laser welding to put the right steel in the right thickness in the right place

Tailored Blanks allow the use of optimal steel specifications, including ultra-high strength cold stamping steels and Usibor® and Ductibor® hot stamping steels.

By welding steel sheets together into laser welded blanks, we produce materials that fit the needs.

  • Strength is concentrated where it is most needed for crash resistance
  • Overall material thickness is reduced, decreasing weight and emissions and increasing performance
  • Manufacturing, material and transport costs are reduced, adding to customer’s profits or consumers’ demand for affordable cars

 

Laser welded blanks

 

Tailored shaped blanks

In addition to laser welded blanks, Tailored Blanks also produces tailored shaped blanks. These are blanks with the exact shape of the final parts, called net shaped, or close to that shape, called near-net shaped.

By using a blank which is close to the final shape, OEMs can:

  • Reduce the complexity of their stamping dies
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce scrap rates

 

Tailored shaped blanks

 

Globally available

ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks is supported by ArcelorMittal’s world-class R&D and wide distribution network. We work closely with our customers to optimize design, supply and cost efficiency.

 

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