ArcelorMittal is investing 13 million euro in its Saint Chely d’Apcher plant in France, which specializes in iCARe electrical steels for the automotive sector. The investment means the plant will be able to produce cutting edge non grain oriented iCARe electrical steel grades, through production upgrades and new production capabilities, to meet the requirements of the booming electromobility market.
Since 2013, with the construction of a new continuous annealing line, ArcelorMittal Saint Chely d’Apcher has been undergoing a series of transformations to become a leading supplier for the electromobility market, with its iCARe range of electrical steels for automotive e-traction motors. With this investment, ArcelorMittal will be at the forefront of developing new generations of electrical steel solutions for full electric and hybrid vehicles.
iCARe is the brand name of ArcelorMittal’s range of electrical steels for e-mobility. Their high energy efficiency and performance offer the best trade-off between high strength, low losses, and high polarization. ArcelorMittal’s iCARe offer enables OEMs to design compact, lightweight, efficient, and power-dense traction motors with unmatched range. The second generation of iCARe steels made improved power density possible, compared with the first generation. This is reflected in less weight for the same motor performance, which in turn results in increased driving range. This also applies to the many small motors on board the car, because an improved energy balance saves electricity and thereby extends the range. There are currently four steel types included in ArcelorMittal’s iCARe offering: Save, 420 Save, Torque and Speed. Each has been specifically designed for a typical electric automotive application.
ArcelorMittal’s existing NO electrical steels customers, such as the power generation sector, will also benefit from this upgrade.