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Frequently asked questions about our research and development activities

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Frequently asked questions

We are providing answers to some frequently asked questions about our research and development activities. 

What are your research interests?

Our research activities are focused in seven key areas: automotive, packaging, construction, energy and other industry markets, long products, plates and process R&D.

We aim to:

  • Develop products that create value for customers and expand the use of ArcelorMittal’s steels worldwide
  • Improve ArcelorMittal’s competitiveness by developing new industrial processes – and optimizing existing ones – to reduce cost and improve quality
  • Contribute to sustainable development by reducing the environmental impact of products and processes
  • Continuously upgrade ArcelorMittal’s scientific knowledge and attract technical talent
What are your significant achievements in research?

A research focus for us has been to develop steel products for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, without compromising their safety. Over two years of research, we successfully developed S-in motion®, a range of 60 steel solutions for 43 parts of the basic C-segment vehicle, known as the compact car. The carbon emissions from the optimized S-in motion car are reduced by 19 percent during production and by 13 percent on the road.

Another research focus for us is steel for greener buildings. The development of Histar® jumbo beams is a major accomplishment in this area. By substituting common steel with high-strength Histar steel, the weight of steel columns and beams is reduced by about 30 percent, and consequently costs are lower. The lighter structures enable savings in greenhouse gases, with 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions during construction.

Steelmaking is a carbon intensive industry. Do you address this issue in your research?

We are putting our industry-leading research and development (R&D) expertise behind the drive for more sustainable construction and manufacturing. As a result, all our new products are now developed with energy and resource efficiency in mind. There is also a dedicated team to evaluate our processes and products using life cycle assessment methodology. This analyzes carbon emissions at every stage in the life of a piece of steel from mining and processing to use, recycling and eventual disposal. We also have a growing presence in green energy by making specific steels for wind turbines, construction and fuel-efficient cars.

Do you offer research support to your customers?

Yes. For example, our R&D engineers work with car makers throughout the life cycle of their products to develop automotive steel products and solutions that are stronger yet lighter than existing materials.

How do your research projects support other parts of the business?

Our R&D is highly business-oriented, with a focus on products that enhance customer value and expand the use of ArcelorMittal’s steels worldwide, and industrial processes that improve business efficiency. For each project, we work closely with other functions of the company to understand customer and business needs and deliver satisfactory results. The overarching aim of our research is to realize ArcelorMittal’s innovation and technological ambitions.