Gestamp and SSAB collaborate long-term for a stronger, lighter automotive future
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In 2014, Gestamp launched a joint project with its customer Toyota. The objective was to develop a front lower control arm for use in the production of the Toyota Yaris in Europe. However, it soon became clear the steel grade required to develop this part did not yet exist. This was when Gestamp approached SSAB.
Founded in Madrid, Spain, in 1997, Gestamp is a global automotive Tier 1 supplier operating across 13 Research & Development centers and more than 100 production plants worldwide. A designer, developer, and manufacturer of metal automotive components, Gestamp specializes in innovatively designed products intended to deliver safer and lighter vehicles, thereby reducing energy consumption and environmental impact.
“SSAB is one of our steel suppliers that delivers advanced high-strength steels and supports us as we seek to meet the sustainability challenges of the automotive industry, through weight reduction and CO2 savings,” said Dr. Mehdi Asadi, Manager Materials Engineering, Gestamp Chassis, Germany.
“We embarked on the challenging, seven-year journey to develop a new high-strength steel grade called Docol® 1000CP,” said Asadi, adding that the specific chassis grade did not exist at the time.