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                            Docol? - The automotive steel

                            LIGHTER AND SAFER ROCKER PANELS

                            When Ford was searching for a new material for the rocker panels in its 2011 Ford Focus, they had a few objectives in mind: increase safety, reduce the thickness of the application and save weight. After the company contacted SSAB and discussed the possibility of using Docol? 1400 M-EG, the process began. 

                            Challenge

                            Ford had a complicated and expensive rocker panel design and for its 2011 Ford Focus, they had a few objectives in mind: 

                            • increase safety
                            • reduce the thickness of the application
                            • save weight


                            Solution

                            The possibility of using Docol? 1400 M-EG was identified and the process began. Trials were conducted, production methods streamlined and prototypes tested. In the end, the rocker panel made from Docol? 1400 M-EG was an entire 30 percent lighter than the original, and because of the steel’s unique strength, it proved to be a stronger, safer design. The new panel provided some strong benefits. For example: 

                            • the new design allowed for roll forming instead of hot-formed boron steel
                            • a change of production methods resulted in a significant cost reduction
                            • the new rocker panel met both Euro NCAP and IIHS standards

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