As part of its product offering, Gestamp produces a unique side-impact beam solution for a well-known car manufacturer, cold rolled in 1200 MPa steel. Gestamp agreed with SSAB to run a trial with Docol® 1400 M-EG steel for the same application. The result?
A side-impact beam that meets the same technical and quality standards, but with a lower weight and better cost efficiency by using Docol® 1400 M-EG. The manufacturing process ran smoothly with the same performance as for the cold-rolled 1200 MPa steel using the same settings during production without any problems. No investments were needed in order to use Docol® 1400 M-EG.
The unique strength of Docol® AHSS increases the chances of obtaining the highest possible crash rating while reducing vehicle weight. Its best-in-class energy absorption and outstanding strength also provide many environmental benefits. In today’s market, this directly translates to greater competitiveness and higher sales.
Whether you are looking to change steel grades or begin using Docol® AHSS, you can be rewarded with weight reductions of up to 50 percent. And, you can reduce material consumption and cost through thinner grades of steel.
Here are some strong reasons why Docol® steel is optimal for producing side-impact beams:
Here is how you can lower your costs with Docol® AHSS: