ArcelorMittal, Snop test XCarb steel for automotive parts

ArcelorMittal is contributing to cut CO2 emissions from the automotive sector by accelerating the application of its XCarb recycled and renewably produced steel. XCarb is the brand that represents ArcelorMittal’s low-carbon emissions products, Kallanish notes.

The steelmaker is partnering with French automotive supplier Snop to experiment the use of its high-strength, low carbon-emissions steel called Usibor in structural car parts. While tests are underway, the two firms signed an agreement that also covers the supply and purchase of other XCarb solutions, including XCarb green steel certificates.

Steel represents 96% of the CO2 emissions from Snop’s purchases. The company intends to cut its Scope 3 supply chain emissions by 30% by 2030 and Usibor boasts a 70% lower CO2 footprint compared with conventional steel.

ArcelorMittal Europe plans to curb emissions by 35% by 2030 on the path to achieving net-zero by 2050. The company started producing XCarb low-carbon products last year at its Sestao plant using the electric arc furnace route, scrap steel and 100% renewable electricity. XCarb is a global programme launched in 2021 which aims to bring together all the group’s efforts and investments in low-carbon and carbon-free steels. The brand also encompasses further initiatives and innovation projects.

Among several low-carbon steel developments, ArcelorMittal Germany now offers XCarb beams in the sizes of HE100 to HE300, and IPE180 to IPE600, in grades S235JR+M and S355J2+M. From its plant in Belval in Luxembourg, the steelmaker is supplying XCarb-certified sheet piling to one of Norway’s largest fishing ports in Egersund. In Brazil, the company launched its first 50S XCarb rebar in Latin America (see Kallanish passim).

Natalia Capra France