ArcelorMittal wins heap of automotive awards

2014-04-17T12:00:00Z 2014-04-18T18:12:09Z ArcelorMittal wins heap of automotive awardsJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

ArcelorMittal is being showered with honors for its work with automakers.

The steelmaker, which has fully integrated mills at Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor, was named a GM 2013 Supplier of the Year and was one of only four companies worldwide to earn General Motors' prestigious Overdrive Award. ArcelorMittal also picked up an Automotive News PACE Award for an innovative, lightweight door ring it made.

Honda and Magna's Cosma International jointly earned that PACE Award, which recognize automotive suppliers' innovations in products, information technology and manufacturing processes. The new laser-welded, hot-stamped door ring in the 2014 Acura MDX – an industry first – won in the Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment category.

Metal for the door ring is made at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago. The part is made with Usibor 1500, an aluminum silicon-coated advanced high-strength steel.

Structurally, the door ring is key to giving a car its strength and shape. The new lightweight design helps improve fuel efficiency while meeting roof crush and side impact standards, and improving safety performance on the small overall front crash test.

Much of the steel ArcelorMittal makes in Northwest Indiana is for automakers, including Detroit-based General Motors.

The steelmaker was one of only 68 suppliers to be named a GM Supplier of the Year, recognition for innovative technology and superior quality. Fewer than 1 percent of GM suppliers around the world earn the laurel.

"Our suppliers play an important role in helping GM deliver compelling vehicles to our customers," said Grace Lieblein, GM's vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "ArcelorMittal has an outstanding track record for consistently meeting our business needs, while also supporting our cultural priorities."

General Motors further honored ArcelorMittal with an Overdrive Award, for having driven outstanding results for its business.

"The recognition from General Motors is testament to the commitment from ArcelorMittal employees through the world, working to produce safe, sustainable steel and exceed our customers' expectations each and every day," said Gordon O'Neill, ArcelorMittal's global account manager for GM. "It is quite the privilege to be selected in such a competitive process, considering the scope of global suppliers that go beyond steel to include companies that supply services, parts, components, sub-systems and other critical products that create today's modern vehicle."

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