25th August 2016
AK Steel has announced it is launching NEXMET™, a family of high strength steels for use in automotive lightweighting applications. These products are specifically designed to assist automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in meeting 2025 U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets.
AK Steel says that its NEXMET family of products will offer high strength, greater ductility (elongation), and improved formability solutions for a range of needs for structural and exterior automotive body lightweighting uses.
NEXMET 440EX is the company’s first new steel to be launched in this family of products. This new exposed surface quality product combines high yield and tensile strength at thinner gauges to facilitate lightweight designs. This results in enhanced performance where surface appearance and dent resistance are critical. AK Steel’s NEXMET 440EX is currently available and is being qualified by automotive OEMs as a steel solution for exposed body panel lightweighting needs.
“We are excited about the opportunities NEXMET 440EX offers automotive designers in their efforts to lightweight vehicles,” said Roger K. Newport, Chief Executive Officer of AK Steel. “This product is yet another important part of AK Steel’s strategy to offer innovative products for our customers.”