Mon, Aug 08, 2005 - Page 10 News List

State firm develops new, lighter steel

CNA , KAOHSIUNG

China Steel Corp (中鋼) -- one of the nation's 12 state-run enterprises -- has successfully developed a new generation of steel for Taiwan's automotive industry to produce cars with reduced weight without compromising performance.

A spokesman for China Steel said yesterday that the high-strength, hot-dip galvanized steel with dual phase can not only reduce the weight of the vehicle, but also make the frame of the car stronger and safer.

The spokesman pointed out that against the backdrop of rising international oil prices, more and more new car buyers are setting their eyes on cars that are more fuel-efficient, and that one way to produce such cars is to reduce the weight of the car.

He said that China Steel's new product is an answer to the market's changing needs, and that a number of auto companies have given favorable evaluations to the product and decided to use it for their new cars.

The high-strength steel, designed to resist corrosion by being zinc-coated, is easier to form and weld. It allows designers to use less material in critical components without compromising performance.

Lighter cars can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent, the China Steel spokesman claimed.

He said China Steel will continue to try and develop better high-strength steel sheets to help the country's automotive and related industries improve their competitiveness.

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