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Industry group wants steel wheel to make a comeback

An industry group has begun a project to help carmakers with a lightweight steel wheel.

To showcase the benefits of steel wheels to automotive manufacturers and consumers, America's Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI) Wheels Task Force announced that it will begin a project to develop a lightweight high-strength steel wheel, with a cost-effective design and manufacturing process.

 

“This project is a great opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of steel wheels, including the ability to help lightweight a vehicle beyond its structure,” Jackie Stachowski, chair of the Wheels Task Force, said.

“Steel has made progress in recent years in the automotive wheels market. With the advantage of the new lightweight high-strength steels, we hope to develop a steel wheel that automakers and consumers will find even more competitive in terms of weight, cost and design, which we anticipate will further increase the market share of steel wheels.”

The Wheels Task Force – which is comprised of executives in the steel, automotive and wheel markets – will explore opportunities to significantly reduce weight and cost when compared to traditional steel and cast aluminum designs.

According to Stachowski, this project will provide the lightest weight steel wheel structure design that will be complemented with state-of-the-art styling.

Project results are expected to be announced in the autumn.

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