The vehicles produced by the member OEMs will have best-in–world, cost-effective, lightweighting and safety performance through the use of optimized steel solutions developed with the member steel companies.
The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) leverages the resources of the automotive, steel and related industries and is an organization dedicated to:
- Developing solutions where steel is the "competitive material of choice" in a changing automotive market;
- Using inter-company and inter-industry cooperative programs to ensure the success of the member companies;
- Resolving, proactively, governmental regulatory agency requirements and customer needs.
To achieve our vision, the Auto/Steel Partnership shall:
- Evaluate, prioritize and carry out specific pre-competitive projects that meet the vision of the Partnership for the use of steel in automotive applications:
- Focus on projects that support steels’ potential for affordable lightweight design and manufacturing.
- Focus on next generation steel technology that will support future vehicle requirements.
- Balance core design engineering projects and supporting design/manufacturing engineering enabler projects.
- Leverage external resources to support the vision.
- Collaborate with government agencies, research institutions, academia, and other appropriate third parties to advance steel technology.
Effectively communicate interim and final technical results and benefits of all projects to member companies and to others, as appropriate.
R & D News Highlights
Press Release: USAMP-A/SP VALIDATION PROJECT YIELDS PASSENGER COMPARTMENT MASS SAVINGS OF 15-20 PERCENT
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec.7, 2010 – A joint project of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP) and Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) using structural optimization techniques within a car’s passenger compartment has shown good potential for no-compromise vehicle lightweighting.
USAMP, a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC – whose members are Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company, and A/SP made use of computer modeling to validate a potential mass savings of 15 to 20 percent in a preproduction sedan when advanced high-strength steels and design variations were