Source: China Automotive News
[Switzerland, Jan. 24th]On the 2019 World Economic Forum that just finished, Mr. Zeng Qinghong, Chairman of GAC met with industry and politic leaders from all over the world to discuss for opportunities of GAC business in the oversea market. In the morning of Jan 24th, Mr. Zeng Qinghong met with Mr. LakshmiN.Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, and Mr. Geert Poelvoorde, EVP of ArcelorMittal and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, discussed on the current cooperation between GAC and VAMA – ArcelorMittal’s Joint Venture in China, and the future cooperation based on the lightweight and NEV automotive strategy.
▲Zeng Qinghong,Chairman of GAC(second from left) met with LakshmiN.Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal(second from right)
ArcelorMittal is the biggest steel supplier to Toyota, Honda and Fiat Chrysler worldwide, and has been working with GAC for a long time. With the progress of “one belt one road” strategy, in answer to the “going abroad” call out of Chinese government, lots of Chinese carmakers has been playing an important role in the global automotive industry with innovations and technology development. VAMA is aiming to be the solid partner to the Chinese carmakers in its oversea market development, through the world class production and advanced steel solutions that allows carmaker to fulfill the global standard.
2018 is known as the first year of NEV. Almost all countries with big automotive manufacture volume released their own schedule on the retirement of fuel vehicles. On the other hand, carmakers are all eager to win the leadership of the NEV competition. The first 200,000 manufacture capacity of GAC NEV AI Factory was finished construction in Dec.23rd 2018, with declared a new chapter of GAC’s NEV business. Supported by ArcelorMittal global R&D and EVI team in China, VAMA is also prepared for the lightweight, battery case solutions for NEV design.
One of the biggest challenge for NEV is the weight reduction as it will impact the mileage of the vehicle directly. That’s why most of the BIW solutions are focusing on the lightweight and crush performance. The door ring solution designed by ArcelorMittal has extraordinary performance on both weight reduction and safety enhancement. The upcoming GAC Honda Acrura RDX 2019 with an inner-outer door ring system is the best proof for that. The weight of BIW was reduced by 19kg comparing with the previous model. On the other hand, the steel battery box that for lightweight would also be a safety solution at the same time.
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