On entering an austere industrial complex north of Paris, visitors immediately see three shiny silver car bodies: The new Renault Espace, VW’s Golf VII and a Volvo XC90.
The frames are adorned with an assortment of doors, bumpers and other parts. Everything is made from steel of various strengths and compositions.
The complex, which belongs to steelmaker Arcelor Mittal, is one of several working to ensure the future of the industry in Europe. Their motto: Harder, lighter, cheaper. Steel must evolve if it is to survive.