ArcelorMittal and steel gas bottle supplier Liotard were awarded runner-up in the Swedish Steel Prize 2007 for a new steel gas cylinder, which is only about half the weight of the traditional steel gas cylinder. The ceremony took place in Stockholm on November 29, 2007.
In many countries where gas cylinders are used for cooking and heating, housekeepers have traditionally needed well-developed muscles. For over half a century they have been using 13 kg steel gas cylinders containing 13 kg of propane or butane. Carrying a 26 kg gas bottle up the stairs was a daunting task...
ArcelorMittal R&D Industry Gent and Liotard were convinced that they could produce lighter gas cylinders by switching to new high-strength steels. They used a dual-phase steel combining very good formability and high strength. It is easier to handle and less expensive to produce.
Modern, better and cost-effective
The new steel cylinder weighs 6.3 kg and can hold 10 kg of gas. It successfully passed stringent testing to guarantee full safety.
The award was handed over by Göran Carlsson, CEO of SSAB Tunnplåt, stating: "The receiver of the Swedish Steel Prize has put into use, in an intelligent and innovative way, the potential of modern, high-strength steels to create something new and better to the benefit of industry and society."
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