Much of the fabric of modern life – cars, ships, railways, buildings, even ski lifts – all rely on the strength and versatility of steel
Combining aesthetics and mechanics, it is used by architects, engineers and designers around the world. And steel is set to play an even bigger role in the future, as sustainability and environmental stewardship climb up the agenda for governments, companies and consumers, partly because steel is 100% recyclable.
ArcelorMittal is the biggest recycler of this scrap metal in the world, and we continue to innovate, to create greener products and processes as part of our commitment to safe, sustainable steel.
The material of choice
The strength and durability of steel is what makes it the construction material of choice. Iconic landmarks that use our innovative high-strength Histar® steel include the Hearst Tower in New York, the World Financial Center in Shanghai and the Emirates Tower in Dubai, as well as New York’s One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower.
We have also been involved in more unusual construction projects, such as the design of the Princess Elisabeth polar research centre in Antarctica. In South Africa, we have rolled out a modular construction system of low-cost steel housing called Protea. The standardised components are prefabricated in factories, with assembly on site taking just four days.
The many different uses of steel in the construction industry show just how versatile a product it is – which is part of the reason why it is the material of choice for the industry.
ArcelorMittal Construction is the world leader in constructive steel for the envelope (cladding, roofing) and structure (floors, secondary framework) of buildings.
Keeping the world moving
Our steel also helps to keep the world moving. ArcelorMittal’s steel plate is used in shipbuilding around the globe, and one in four cars uses it. S-in Motion lightweight steel is helping to reduce the weight of cars, while maintaining their strength and safety.
We are also playing a big role in the Spanish rail renaissance. Ambitious investment plans by the country’s high-speed train company AVE – Alta Velocidad Española – means that Spain’s rail network will quadruple to 10,000km by 2020. ArcelorMittal Asturias’ Gijón mill has rolled almost every piece of rail for the project, and expects to continue supplying this as the project continues up to 2020.
Green energy generation
ArcelorMittal’s steel is also being used to boost alternative forms of power generation. One in three wind turbines uses it, and our research centres are working on new techniques that would allow turbines to be installed on towers that are more than 100 metres high, therefore increasing energy generation. We are also active in the development of solar and photovoltaic panels, such as our award-winning Arsolar PV system.
Steel in sculptures
We are proud to sponsor Britain's largest piece of public art, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will be a permanent legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 115-metre sculpture, designed by Anish Kapoor in collaboration with engineer Cecil Balmond, is at the Olympic site in Stratford, east London.
We also support renowned sculptor Richard Serra, who became fascinated with steel after working in a steel factory when he was young. For many years he worked with ArcelorMittal in Germany to build his bold spirit sculptures. In 2005, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao offered him space for a permanent exhibition of his work and, as ArcelorMittal was a patron of the museum, we sponsored his exhibition. To produce his monumental sculptures he used one of our rolling mills in Germany. Richard has shown how steel can be beautiful and artistic and we are very proud of our collaboration.