Despite a nasty dust-up with suppliers and OEMs over tariffs on imported steel, the steel industry still had plenty of positive developments in 2003. Most importantly, auto makers steadily increased their use of high-strength steels for vehicle applications to make stronger, lighter weight body structures, rather than resorting to competitive materials such as aluminum in high-volume, mainstream products. For instance, high-strength steels comprised 60% of General Motors Corp.’s ’04 Chevy ...

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