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12th Annual Great Designs in Steel Seminar Demonstrates Steel's Vital Role In The Automotive Industry



12th Annual Great Designs in Steel Seminar Demonstrates Steel's Vital Role In
                           The Automotive Industry

Event highlights advanced steel technologies offering affordable, fuel
efficient solutions to automakers

PR Newswire

DETROIT, April 22, 2013

DETROIT, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As automakers progress to the next
generation of vehicles to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy
regulations, the steel industry continues to develop new steel technologies to
design the safe, affordable and sustainable vehicles the industry and
consumers seek. To ensure a thorough understanding of these technologies, the
Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American
Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), will host the 12^th annual Great Designs in
Steel (GDIS) Seminar Wednesday, May 1 at the Laurel Manor Conference Center in
Livonia, Mich. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More than 1,500 participants have
already registered.

The GDIS seminar brings together foremost automotive and steel industry
leaders to discuss the latest automotive steel usage trends in this all-day,
multi-track event. Engineering, design, technology, policy and academic
leaders will present trends and solutions that offer the automotive industry a
complete package of benefits: safety, lightweighting, affordability and
sustainability.

"Great Designs in Steel is an ideal venue for the automotive and steel
industries to collaborate on steel technology advancements that will offer new
insight and opportunities for lightweight vehicles," said Ron Krupitzer, vice
president, automotive market, SMDI. "We're looking forward to another
successful event that will offer the critical solutions needed to meet the
needs of today's automotive industry."

The technical program features more than 35 presentations highlighting steel's
vital role in the automotive industry; such as, advanced high-strength steel
(AHSS) technologies in various new vehicle platforms, advancements in the
development of third-generation AHSS, steel designs to meet upcoming fuel and
emissions requirements and steel's unique advantages in automotive materials
competition. For the complete agenda, click here.

Numerous technologies and vehicle structures will be on display throughout the
event, including the Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Escape, Honda
Accord, Hyundai Sonata  and Hyundai HED-7, as well as steel wheels, bumpers
and fuel tanks. For a complete list of the more than 20 exhibitors please
click  here.  

GDIS debuted in 2002 and has grown in attendance and scope. In 2012, more than
1,200  North American vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, equipment
suppliers, university representatives, steel company personnel and technical
reporters attended the seminar. For more information or to register for GDIS
2013 please visit www.autosteel.org.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public
policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the
preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development
and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of
24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers,
and 123 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel
industry. AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S.
and North American steel capacity.

SMDI grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote
cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container
markets, as well as for new growth opportunities in emerging steel markets.
For more news or information, visit www.autosteel.org or follow us on twitter
at www.twitter.com/smdisteel.SMDI automotive investors include: AK Steel
Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation,
Severstal North America, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC and United States Steel
Corporation.

SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute

Website: http://www.autosteel.org
Contact: DEANNA LORINCZ, 248.945.4763 / dlorincz@steel.org, or JENNIFER
GREENFELDER, 248.945.4767 / jgreenfelder@steel.org
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