The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) – a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) – has released its 2016 Steel Industry Technology Roadmap for Automotive.

The Roadmap looks at advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) material and manufacturing technologies related to design, fuel economy, strength, durability, environmental performance and value and how AHSS meets those requirements now and in the future. It also outlines and responds to automakers’ needs by identifying AHSS solutions and recommended areas for future research.

“Steel remains the fastest growing material in automotive applications and the North American steel industry continues to develop new grades and advanced manufacturing technologies to respond to the changing needs of automakers, as it is an important material in the designer’s toolbox,” said Dr. Jody Hall, vice president, automotive for SMDI. “There are areas where research still needs to be done and the Roadmap will help guide automakers, academia, national labs and other technical organisations in the right direction. We invite those at the forefront of R&D to work collaboratively with us to develop the required solutions.”

The Roadmap details the challenges facing the automotive and steel industries along with relevant steel results, and identifies technical gaps in the application of these advanced products and on a high level identifies potential projects. It also provides information on materials, joining and forming related to advanced steels.