ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks gets $12.7 FedDev investment
Automotive stampings company in Woodstock is using the funding for advanced robotic laser welding technology.
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.
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.