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ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks gets $12.7 FedDev investment

Automotive stampings company in Woodstock is using the funding for advanced robotic laser welding technology.

October 12, 2016   by PLANT STAFF

Jason Tong, production supervisor, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Inc. and Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre.  Photo: Government of Canada

Jason Tong, production supervisor, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Inc. and Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre.
Photo: Government of Canada

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Auto parts manufacturer ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Americas Ltd. (AMTB) is getting an investment from FedDev Ontario of up to $12.73 million for the adoption of advanced technologies.

The company, based in Woodstock, Ont., makes auto parts using lightweight steel. The investment contributes to AMTB’s robotic laser-welding project.

AMTB describes its tailored blanks as sheets of steel that may combine several grades, at various thicknesses with different coatings. The different parts are laser welded together for vehicle bodies and closures. Stamped steel parts are lighter than those made of conventional steel, which improve fuel efficiency and improve structural integrity.

The advanced manufacturing project has also increased the company’s footprint with the retrofitting of its 93,000-square foot facility in Woodstock. Completed products will be used in vehicles assembled at the FCA Canada assembly plant in Windsor, Ont.

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AMTB is owned by ArcelorMittal Canada Inc. in Hamilton, which is owned by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, a global steel and mining company with operations in over 60 countries.


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