New Industry Report Advances Steel's Leading Position In Vehicle And Light Truck Bumper Systems

  New Industry Report Advances Steel's Leading Position In Vehicle And Light
                             Truck Bumper Systems

Resource enables engineers to incorporate new advanced steel technologies into
bumper designs

PR Newswire

DETROIT, May 1, 2013

DETROIT, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To assist engineers and automakers in
applying the most lightweight and cost-effective steel bumpers in passenger
cars and light trucks, the Steel Market Development Institute's (SMDI) Bumper
Group has released the 5^th edition of the Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger
Vehicles and Light Trucks product manual. The manual offers an updated,
in-depth report on steel bumper systems, including information on material
properties, manufacturing and product design. SMDI is a business unit of the
American Iron and Steel Institute.

"As bumper systems continue their constant evolution, automakers require
current material, process and manufacturing information to develop the
lightweight and affordable solutions required to be successful in today's
automotive marketplace," said Ron Krupitzer, vice president, automotive
market, SMDI. "As a resource dedicated to providing the latest steel bumper
options to its automotive customers, SMDI's Bumper Group conducts research and
publishes information to ensure steel maintains its leading position as the
preferred material."

The latest edition of the Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and
Light Trucks product manual was developed as a resource to help automakers
stay current with the latest automotive industry bumper developments,
including structural requirements and test standards. The 5^th edition of the
manual provides updated 2012 market information on bumper system types,
materials and manufacturing processes and includes recent benchmarking
information for vehicles up to the 2013 model year.

Originally published in 1998, the current 186-page manual features sections on
bumper systems and components, steel materials, manufacturing processes,
manufacturing considerations, design concepts and relevant safety standards in
North America and Europe. To the download the Steel Bumper Systems for
Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks manual, 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, JENNIFER
GREENFELDER, 248.945.4767 / jgreenfelder@steel.org
 
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