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The automotive industry is the second largest consumer of steel in the world. Although the use of aluminum in this sector is slowly beginning to grow, automotive companies still use steel materials for products such as auto sheets and engine parts. Aluminum is unlikely to ever supplant steel in the automotive industry. Steel offers an array of benefits for automotive manufacturers over aluminum, including better affordability and more eco-friendliness during production. 

Hot Rolled Steel for the Automotive Industry

Hot rolled steel is one of the most vital materials in the automotive industry. Products made from this material are cost-effective, durable, and available in a range of strength levels. They can also meet stringent automotive engineering requirements and are well-suited to reworks when correcting defects or production errors.

According to data from the International Organization of Automobile Manufacturers, the automotive industry produced 95.6 million vehicles in 2018 alone. On average, each of these vehicles contains approximately 2,000 pounds of steel. This material makes up well over half of the vehicle, with the largest proportion located on the body structure, including door panels and trunk covers. Automakers also use steel in:

  • Suspensions
  • Power trains
  • Tires
  • Fuel tanks
  • Wheels
  • Steering systems
  • Braking systems

Steel features numerous benefits that make it ideal for use by the automotive industry. For example, the impact resistance of steel adds to the safety of the vehicle, while its flexibility and durability increase the vehicle’s lifespan and reduce the need for frequent maintenance.

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Auto & Truck Door Hinges

Although some automotive manufacturers opt for stamped hinges, hot rolled steel are less common and higher-performing within the industry. When compared to stamping, hot rolling offers more advantages as the stamping process is unable to efficiently produce long parts. Although manufacturers can utilize this process to individually form shorter parts, the secondary assembly to create a longer part is time-consuming and ultimately more costly. 

At McDonald Steel, we’re capable of manufacturing top-quality specialty vehicle hinges designed for use on the following vehicles:

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Semi-trucks
  • Military land vehicles
  • Trucks and trailers
  • Emergency vehicles
  • All-terrain vehicles

McDonald Steel produces hot rolled special steel parts that can be found on notable vehicles, including those produced by Jeep, Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Freightliner.

Off-Road Truck Rims

The strength of hot rolled steel makes it an ideal material for applications that require a great deal of strength and durability, such as truck rims. At McDonald Steel, we continually provide high-quality, dependable steel products across a range of industries. Our truck rims are a popular choice for the heavy equipment found within the agriculture and construction sectors. We provide rugged wheel rim components for a number of companies, including:

  • John Deere
  • Kubota
  • CNH
  • Caterpillar

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Automotive Hot Rolled Steel Solutions at McDonald Steel

Steel components play a vital role in the automotive and transportation industries. The use of hot rolled steel improves vehicular durability and strength, reduces overall production costs, and increases efficiency throughout the manufacturing process. At McDonald Steel, our hot rolled special shapes provide the base for a wide range of automotive parts, including durable truck wheel rims and reliable automotive door hinges. 

Industry-leading automotive brands continually incorporate our hot rolled steel shapes into their transportation products because of our dependability and continual dedication to quality. To see how our hot rolled steel solutions can benefit your automotive manufacturing operation, contact us today.

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