Nippon Steel Corp with Sumitomo Metal Industries plans to produce automotive components from high strength and advanced high strength steels (AHSS) in Thailand, Mexico and Brazil in 2013.

The steel sheet will be supplied from Japan but fabricated in these countries. The combined capacity will be 1.8Mt/y of which a significant proportion will consist of parts manufactured from AHSS.
In Brazil, the operation will be a joint venture with its existing partner steelmaker, Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (Usiminas).