United States Steel Corporation And Kobe Steel, Ltd., Of Japan Commission
PRO-TEC Coating Company Continuous Annealing Line
- Provides stronger, more formable steel grades to improve fuel economy and
safety for automakers -
LEIPSIC, Ohio, May 13, 2013
LEIPSIC, Ohio, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United States Steel
Corporation (NYSE: X) and Kobe Steel, Ltd., of Japan formally commissioned the
new Continuous Annealing Line at their joint venture PRO-TEC Coating Company.
PRO-TEC will now process some of the strongest and most formable grades of
steel in North America. These new grades will assist automotive manufacturers
in reaching the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards of 54.5
miles per gallon for their passenger vehicle fleets and maintain the rigorous
safety standards consumers demand.
Through cutting-edge heat treat and quench technology, the 500,000-ton PRO-TEC
Continuous Annealing Line will produce the next generation of Advanced High
Strength Steels (AHSS) and Ultra High Strength Steels (UHSS) from 590
mega-pascal and higher. These new grades of steel have unmatched metallurgical
properties -- superior strength, flatness and formability previously
unavailable at these strength levels. These steels support our customers by
offering critical design solutions as automotive companies reduce the weight
of component materials in their line to improve fuel economy while continuing
to enhance strength to improve passenger safety. These properties, coupled
with steel's inherent recyclability and overall environmental performance,
make steel the material of choice for automotive manufacturers.
"The investment in this Continuous Annealing Line represents more than just
the future of this facility – it also represents the future for automotive
steel products and the applications in which they are used," said U. S. Steel
Chairman and CEO John Surma. "U. S. Steel and Kobe Steel saw an opportunity
for our PRO-TEC joint venture to help our automotive customers overcome the
challenges associated with the 54.5 mpg regulation, and the products processed
at PRO-TEC's new Continuous Annealing Line will offer our customers
affordable, highly advanced options that will position them for ongoing
Industry wide, in the last 10 years, the use of high-strength steels has
doubled in number, and as a result are the fastest growing materials in the
car. These newly formulated grades reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing
safety and importantly, affordability.
The commissioning event is a culmination of a $400 million capital investment
by the partners into PRO-TEC. Announced in late 2010, the investment created
500 temporary construction jobs as well as 80 full-time jobs. PRO-TEC has
served the automotive industry's need for high-quality, value-added steel
products for 20 years. Dignitaries attending the event included United States
Steel Chairman and CEO John P. Surma; Kobe Steel President and CEO Hiroya
Kawasaki; PRO-TEC Coating Company President Bryan Vaughn; representatives from
automotive manufacturers; and state and local elected officials.
PRO-TEC Coating Company, Leipsic, Ohio, provides world-class, value-added
steels to the quality-critical automotive industry. These products help to
improve vehicle crashworthiness as well as fuel economy through weight
reduction. PRO-TEC is a 50/50 joint venture partnership of United States Steel
Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd., of Japan. With a 1.5 million ton annual
capacity, PRO-TEC is one of the world's largest facilities producing high-end
automotive sheet steel for the automotive industry.
PRO-TEC was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the U.S.
Department of Commerce in 2007. For more information on PRO-TEC, visit
United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an
integrated steel producer focused on high value-added flat-rolled and tubular
steel products with complex chemistries and attributes that are required by
manufacturers in the automotive, appliance, container, construction,
industrial machinery, and oil and gas industries. U. S. Steel has major
production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and has
an annual raw steelmaking capability of 29.3 million net tons and employs more
than 39,000 worldwide. For more information about U.S.Steel, visit
Kobe Steel Ltd., with head offices in Kobe and Tokyo, Japan, is one of Japan's
leading integrated steelmakers of high-end steel products. It also produces
welding, aluminum and copper products. Kobe Steel's diverse segments offer
industrial machinery, construction equipment, engineering and environmental
solutions. Other businesses include real estate and electronic materials. Kobe
Steel has operations in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia. More
information is available at www.kobelco.com.
SOURCE United States Steel Corporation
Contact: Courtney Boone, 412.433.6791, or Sarah Cassella, 412.433.6777
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