A Few Facts About Summer Safety and Steel...

STEEL - MAKING YOUR VEHICLE SAFER AND MORE FUEL EFFICIENT...

  • Steel is the most-used material for auto bodies and safety cages. Its superior strength, durability and cost-effective performance help protect drivers and their families in the event of an accident.

  • When buying a vehicle, consumers rank vehicle crashworthiness at a level equal to cost, quality, styling, ride and handling, and fuel economy.

  • Consumers understand the importance of steel in automotive safety. When asked which automobile components protect them, their top three choices were seat belts, steel frames (the steel safety cage), and steel side-impact beams (placed inside car doors to better protect passengers in side-impact collisions).

  • Auto and driver safety are top priorities for the steel industry. We look at the advanced high-strength steels in a car as the consumer’s "last line of defense" in the event of an accident.

  • Advanced high-strength steels have revolutionized “green” automotive design. These steels:
    • Require less energy to produce than other automotive structural materials;
    • Produce lighter components that reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel economy;
    • Are fully recyclable;
    • Produce low greenhouse gas emissions;
    • Leave a smaller carbon footprint in each phase of the vehicle’s life cycle—manufacturing, driving and end-of-life recycling.

 

STEEL - SUPPORTING YOUR HIGHWAYS AND ROADWAYS... 

  • Highways constructed with steel-reinforced concrete pavement provide a rigid surface that reduces rolling resistance. This means better fuel economy and a smoother ride for motorists.

  • Major state highway agencies choose continuously reinforced concrete pavement because of its lower life-cycle cost; competitive initial cost; minimal maintenance requirements; ability to handle the heaviest  trucks, loads and volumes; and its comfortable drive.

  • During the first 20 years of its service life, a continuously reinforced concrete pavement surface requires virtually no maintenance. That means fewer traffic delays, reduced accident incidents, better fuel economy, and fewer carbon dioxide emissions for everyone during summer travel.

  • Continuously reinforced concrete pavement can be made from recycled products, including steel from 100% scrap. It will ultimately be recycled at the end of its long service life, saving raw materials and contributing to sustainable development.

 

STEEL - MAKING THE BRIDGES YOU CROSS STRONGER, SAFER AND GREEN...

  • Bridges utilizing High-Performance Steel (HPS) provide superior solutions in terms of strength, reliability, safety, cost and overall performance.

  • High-Performance Steel for bridges was introduced into the marketplace in the late 1990s. Today, an estimated 300+ HPS bridges are in use in 44 states.

  • Short span steel bridges are durable, cost-effective, and provide ease of construction and maintenance because they can be installed quickly, they provide minimal disruption for bridge users, including families on the road.


The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, 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.smdisteel.org.

Steel Market Development Institute investors:

  • AK Steel Corporation
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • ArcelorMittal USA LLC
  • Nucor Corporation
  • SSAB Americas
  • Severstal North America Inc.
  • ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
  • United States Steel Corporation
  • USS-POSCO Industries

Contact:
Deanna Lorincz
Senior Director, Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 248.945.4763