OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has reported that it has been named as a steel supplier to car manufacturer Ford in Russia.
While the Russian steelmaker is currently going through the acceptance process for the supply of steel plate to Ford Sollers Holding, two items of ultra-low carbon steel (which is used in the production of car body parts) have already been fully accepted by the car maker for use in the production of the Ford Focus.
High-duty ultra-low carbon steel for Focus hoods has reached the pilot batch approval stage.
Several other items of ultra-low-carbon steel are likely to be accepted for the Kuga and Explorer car brands, claims MMK.
High-density micro-alloyed and dual-phase steel with galvanised coating plus a cold-rolled uncoated product will also be produced for Ford.
MMK and Ford Sollers Holding have been co-operating on automotive sheet production since 2010. The process involves phase-by-phase metal acceptance. Phase one is when the car maker receives special qualification sheets for the metal products in plans to purchase from MMK. This includes a production overview of current production for each relevant grade. Following approval Ford places an order for a small pilot batch (less than five tonnes) and if the batch receives positive reviews, a bigger pilot batch is purchased. Once this is approved both parties then agree commercial supplies of the accepted metal.