The steel has different applications in everyday life. Currently, the automotive industry is one of the most important industries for the world economy. And furthermore, the steel it becomes the essential material of the sector thanks to its great resistance.

It is the most recycled material in the world and the best thing is that steel recycling It brings us many benefits.

Globally, the demand for sustainable construction elements in the automotive industry has increased. By 2025, steel is expected to represent 60% of the materials used in automobile production.

 

Why is steel so important in the automotive industry?

Today's companies focus on feasibility and use of steel in different structural elements. In order to achieve less weight and more safety. That's why we've put together some of the reasons why steel is so important in the automotive industry.

 

Durability and costs

Thanks to its great corrosion resistance, steel lasts a long time and is saves on assembly costs, transportation and foundations, etc.

 

Security

With both shock absorption and deflection, structures made of steel have more energy absorption capacity with respect to any other material. 

steel body

Furthermore, part of the steel production goes to structural elements of the car to offer safety such as bodywork, interiors and it is expected that in the future it will intervene in batteries.

 

Versatility in car design

As we have commented in previous articles, steel, being a malleable and resistant material, stays slim and allows more freedom and space for designers to use their creativity to the interior and exterior of the car. 

In terms of design, better adapted seats and more space for passengers can be created. Some objects can also add a touch of elegance such as: handles, wheels, dashboards, windshields, etc.

steel in car design

 

Steel is sustainable

El steel is a sustainable option, since it is the only material that is 100% recyclableIn addition, its environmental performance is greater during its life cycle compared to materials such as plastic, aluminum or carbon fiber. 

Furthermore, we already talked to you about the goal of UNESID, who committed to the climate neutrality before 2050. The goal that Spain has set is produce steel with net zero emissions. Currently the European steel industry produces 7% of European emissions of greenhouse gases, in Spain is reduced to 4%.

But that's not all, steel not only helps the environment through its design, the production of steel in the automotive industry is also important because thanks to high-strength steels, reduce the weight of trucks to be able to transport more goods for the same amount of carbon dioxide emission per kilometer.

 

electrical steels

This material is essential for the construction of electric car generators and motors. Improved electrical steels produce much more efficient transformers and motors. And thus they reduce the total energy throughout their life cycle.

Therefore, your high resistance to corrosion, recycling, safety, etc. They are fundamental for the useful and sustainable life of cars.

Although not only one type of steel is used, different types of steel are used in the automotive industry:

  • First generation steels: that is, conventional steels.
  • Second generation steels: those that are already used currently, such as high-strength steels, very high-strength steels and ultra-high-strength steels.
  • Third generation steels: those that are being investigated and are not yet on the market.

 

Steel is becoming more and more important in industries and that is why there are always innovations to improve it. Thanks to its benefits and respect for the environment we can do great things.