ArcelorMittal North America to add additional capability in Canada to produce Alusi® Coated Usibor® Press Hardenable Steel (PHS) for Automotive applications
24 December 2020
ArcelorMittal Dofasco announced a coating addition of its No.5 Hot-Dipped Galvanizing Line in Hamilton, ON to Aluminum Silicon (Alusi®) for the production of ArcelorMittal’s patented Usibor® Press Hardenable Steel for automotive structural and safety components.
With the investment, ArcelorMittal Dofasco will become the only Canadian producer of Alusi® Coated Usibor®. This investment complements additional strategic North America developments announced previously, including a new EAF at AM/NS Calvert in the US and a new hot strip mill in Mexico.
The total project cost is $24M CAD and the first Alusi® Coated Usibor® product is expected to come off the line in H2, 2022. No.5 Line is planned to produce up to 160,000-tons of Alusi® coated steel.
Commenting, Brad Davey, CEO, ArcelorMittal North America said:
“The addition of Alusi® Coated Usibor® capacity at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, in addition to our existing line at AM/NS Calvert, provides our valued Automotive customers with improved regional access to advanced high strength steel that is key to meeting the demands of new vehicles for lightweight, yet stronger structural and safety components. This investment further secures ArcelorMittal’s leadership in the North American Automotive market.”
Commenting, Sean Donnelly, CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco said:
“This latest investment in our Hamilton steelmaking and finishing operations recognizes that automotive manufacturing is focused on environmental performance, with automakers focusing on designing and building vehicles that are lighter, stronger, safer and more sustainable. Since 2013, we have invested more than $800 million CAD* in capital projects at ArcelorMittal Dofasco that ultimately enable us to deliver smarter steels to our valued customers.”
*Investments include a new galvanizing line (No.6), a new Utilities Boiler and Turbo Generator capable of producing 20 megawatts of power on site, the modernization of the Hot Mill and the digitalization of the Ladle Metallurgy Furnace facility.
About ArcelorMittal Dofasco
ArcelorMittal Dofasco is Canada’s largest flat rolled steel producer and Hamilton’s largest private sector employer with approximately 5,000 employees. The company ships 4.5 million net tons of high-quality flat carbon steel annually to customers in the automotive, construction, industrial and consumer packaging, tubular, and distribution markets. ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s iconic motto Our Product is Steel. Our Strength is People.® is a true expression of the company’s belief that people are its competitive advantage.