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NETHERLANDS: Tata Steels upgrades research facility

By Simon Warburton | 8 February 2013

Tata Steels is starting a EUR2.3m facility at its Ijmuiden site in The Netherlands to develop crash-resistant steels.

The research and development investment follows collaboration between Tata Steels and three major European car manufacturers to understand their requirements for future automotive models.

Tata says it will provide customer support as its clients integrate new ultra high-strength steels into future vehicles.

"This investment comes out of discussions we have been having with some of our automotive customers about their visions for vehicles of the future," said Tata Steels in Europe chief commercial officer, Henrik Adam.

"This upgraded facility will allow us to work more closely with them, not only to develop the new, advanced steels they increasingly require, but also to help them improve their performance when they process these steels using their own equipment."