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The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), honored the Volvo Car Corporation body structure team with its Automotive Excellence Award for its advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2016 Volvo XC90.

Henric Lindberg, system attribute leader – body structure at Volvo, received the award for his presentation, “Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2016 Volvo XC90.”

Volvo created a new generation architecture for the XC90, the Scalable Product Architecture, which achieved a stiffer, stronger, larger and lighter body structure to optimize driving performance through extensive use of AHSS. This achievement earned the vehicle a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2015 as well as North American Truck of the Year in 2016.

The SMDI Automotive Excellence Award is presented each year. Individuals or teams from automakers, suppliers or the academic community who embrace innovation and make significant contributions to the advancement of steel in the automotive market are recognized for their innovation. Award winners are chosen from presenters at the previous year’s GDIS seminar. Candidates are rated in several categories, including: challenges and benefits associated with cost, mass reduction and performance; overall contribution to the advancement of steel; and implementation in production.

Published in the July 2017 Edition of American Recycler News