ArcelorMittal and KIRCHHOFF Automotive, which develops and produces complex metal and hybrid structures for body-in-white and chassis, have signed a memorandum of understanding which focuses on developing low carbon-emissions steel for cars and trucks. The agreement covers a number of different areas of development and steel solutions, but its principal focus is to strengthen the two companies’ collaboration on sustainability topics. This includes a project to develop and test the use of ArcelorMittal’s XCarb® recycled and renewably produced Usibor1500®, which is made with recycled steel and 100% renewable electricity, in the high-strength parts that KIRCHHOFF Automotive supplies to leading OEMs in Europe, Asia, and North America. ArcelorMittal Europe Flat Products began manufacturing XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel at its Sestao plant in Spain more than a year ago allowing customers to buy steel with a reduced CO2 impact. Taking the example of Usibor®1500 with XCarb® recycled and renewably produced substrate, on a lifecycle basis this product has a 70% lower CO2 footprint compared with the same product made via a conventional blast furnace production process.KIRCHHOFF Automotive has a presence across Europe, Asia and North America, with 27 plants in 11 countries.