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Pro-Tec to add $400M coating line for Gen 3 automotive steels

September 26, 2017 - U.S. Steel Corp, Pittsburgh, and Kobe Steel Ltd., Japan, have agreed to begin construction of a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL) at their subsidiaries’ joint venture, Pro-Tec Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio.

In response to an increased demand for advanced high-strength steels (AHSS), the new $400 million line will be able to produce 500,000 tons of coated steel a year. Construction is expected to begin during fourth quarter and the line is expected to ramp up in 2019.

U. S. Steel makes cold-rolled Generation 3 steels, which provide superior formability and high-strength properties while using a low-alloyed approach for robust weldability. The new CGL line will allow Pro-Tec to hot-dip galvanize these Generation 3 steels for automakers to run through stamping and assembly lines to produce safe, strong and cost-effective structural components for vehicle bodies.

“This line will be the first of its kind and utilizes proprietary technology capable of producing the high-quality, cutting-edge, advanced high-strength steels that will meet our automotive customers’ needs and solve some of their most pressing challenges,” U.S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt said.

He credited Kobe Steel, the JobsOhio team and Ohio’s regulatory authorities as well as the local, state and federal elected officials for their support of this investment.

[h/t U. S. Steel]

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