SSAB, Shape partner on fossil-free steel for automotive applications

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SSAB has entered an agreement with U.S.-based Shape Corp., a Tier 1 automotive supplier of lightweight body structures, to deliver fossil-free steel crash management and body structure systems to market.

Shape will be testing SSAB’s fossil-free steel, the first steel product made of hydrogen-reduced sponge iron utilizing Hybrit technology, for use in automotive applications.

SSAB aims to deliver fossil-free steel to the market in commercial scale during 2026. The company works with iron ore producer LKAB and energy company Vattenfall as part of the Hybrit initiative to develop a value chain for fossil-free iron and steel production, replacing the coking coal traditionally used for iron ore-based steelmaking with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen. This process virtually eliminates CO2 emissions in steel production.


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