One of the focus areas of Tata Steel's Research & Development Automotive applications are aimed at giving the Group a competitive edge in the automotive market.
The automotive sector accounts for roughly 16% of all European steel consumption, and for a rapidly growing proportion of steel demand in India and other developing countries. Tata Steel provides numerous steel products to all the major vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. Sector specialists with in-depth understanding of the global automotive industry work closely with customers from the initial design stage of a new vehicle. The Group’s global reach ensures that it can supply and support customers wherever they are.
Tata Steel is continually developing their wide range of steel products and new, higher-performance products that offer higher strength, better corrosion resistance and improved formability and ductility at affordable cost. These steels offer significant weight loss - and thus greater fuel economy and lower emissions, without compromising structural strength.
Steel makes up more than half the weight of a car and is used not only for the body and chassis but also the powertrain, gearbox, wheels and tyres. Automotive high strength steel grades maintain the safety standards of vehicles whilst improving fuel efficiency, through light weighting. The Company has continuously initiated new product development processes for securing customer approvals in the automotive segment. The strength of these automotive steels is tested well beyond the norm prescribed for their usage. For instance 'Impact Testing' of steel used in the under carriage of a car is conducted at subzero temperatures though this it is not required for India. It has initiated the Value Analysis & Value Engineering (VAVE) service to the auto majors in which cross-functional teams of both companies work on re-engineering of component design in order to reduce weight of vehicles. This improves fuel efficiency & less GHG emission.
Tata Steel has developed an innovative new product for automotive manufacturers in response to market requirements for stronger and lighter steels. The new product, DP1000HY-GI, is a high-yield, ultra high-strength steel which combines strength and formability and allows manufacturers to make lighter components without altering their production facilities. Tata Steel is one of a very small number of steelmakers to be able to offer this innovative product, which can reduce a component’s weight by up to 15%. Read More