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Innovationen von thyssenkrupp Steel

Steel is the industrial basis material number one – and a high-tech product. thyssenkrupp Steel alone offers 2,000 alloying concepts and 1,800 different steel grades.

Our ambition is to develop innovative steels and surfaces as well as state-of-the-art production processes in order to set clear trends in the steel industry with a range of processed products and their applications. Another focus is the continual development of existing steel grades and their production processes.

We offer verified solutions for the steel industry

In the development of materials and surfaces, processes and applications, the steel business of thyssenkrupp draws among other things on its chemical laboratories as well as pilot plants and application technology simulation tools. The full-service package includes process analysis and operational tests to optimize processes, testing and acceptance of products, providing technical support and assisting with the series production of new products.

Materials & Surfaces


Innovative materials

AS Pro – new coating for hot forming

With AS Pro, a new hot forming product, thyssenkrupp Steel is the first steel manufacturer to launch a new, game-changing coating for hot forming ultra-high-strength MBW® steels worldwide – to ensure maximum automobile process and component reliability.

rasselstein® CFPA – a move towards a chromium-free future

thyssenkrupp Rasselstein now offers its customers rasselstein® CFPA, a 100-percent chromium-free passivation on the surface of tinplate. The innovative product ready for series production offers the same functionality as the previous chromium-based passivations.

tribond® – composite for hot forming

The range of products also includes tribond®. The innovative composite for hot forming combines high strength and good formability, thus offering significant weight saving potential in crash-relevant components with complex geometries.

ZM Ecoprotect® – zinc-magnesium coating for interior and exterior automobile parts

ZM Ecoprotect® is another solutions-oriented material. The novel zinc-magnesium coating is perfectly suited for interior and exterior automobile parts and offers all-round protection for auto bodies. The coating for the external visible components offers particularly high corrosion protection and reduces creep corrosion– in particular on areas of cut edges und scratches, both of which are in danger of rusting to a high degree. Moreover, ZM Ecoprotect® delivers improved formability, reduces adhesive wear in the die and ultimately reduces downtimes for die cleaning.

rasselstein® Solidflex

We have developed rasselstein® Solidflex for the packaging industry. This innovation allows to produce tin can packaging that is lighter, more stable, safer, and more sustainable in the future.

Processing methods


Solutions-oriented processing

smartform® – cold forming of ultra-high-strength steel grades with almost no critical springback

Besides the development of materials, we also develop solutions-oriented production processes for our customers. Our new and innovative production process smartform® allows to produce dimensionally accurate parts, while optimizing costs through a significantly reduced amount of material used and increasing geometric freedom for complex parts.

Tailored Tempering - process for hot forming (partial press hardening)

Our patented Tailored Tempering process for hot forming produces hot forming components combining locally different properties in terms of strength and ductility in one monolithic part – in one single process step (tool) and from a hot forming steel blank.

model and simulation system

On our model and simulation system, with which it is possible to reproduce the hot forming process exactly, our customers can easily test how sheets will behave in their own hot forming processes – without having to stop their own production lines.

flow-forming machine

Silicate deposits on weld seams can be significantly reduced in the future thanks to an improved welding process for metal active gas welding (MAG), that we have developed together with our customer KIRCHHOFF Automotive, and an optimized pickling process.

Solutions-oriented processing

welding process for metal active gas welding (MAG)

Silicate deposits on weld seams can be significantly reduced in the future thanks to an improved welding process for metal active gas welding (MAG), that we have developed together with our customer KIRCHHOFF Automotive, and an optimized pickling process.

Projects


Trends in the steel industry

Our innovative steels and surfaces and state-of-the-art production processes set clear trends in different industries. With tetraflex® , for example, we bring wind turbines to the forefront of technical progress.

With InCar® plus, we offer more than 40 innovative solutions for automotive efficiency and set benchmarks for lightweight construction, electrification and energy efficiency as well as safety and comfort.

Our steelworks racing bike is steel at its most beautiful and sporty. Built by engineers. Made from steel. steelworks has won the Best of the Best Red Dot Design Award.

selectrify® offers steel solutions for cost-efficient and safe e-mobility. From the vehicle structure through robust and safe battery housings down to electrical steel for highly efficient electric motors - selectrify® demonstrates the enormous potential of innovative steel solutions for electric vehicles.

Cooperations


Cooperations advance solutions

Our work is based on a dense innovation network: The close contact with our customers is ensured by us through the integration of our innovation and sales divisions. Cooperative arrangements with universities, institutes and industrial partners are an essential part of our research strategy. Through our Groupwide integration we make efficient use of various skills, create synergies and strengthen our innovative powers. With the aim to develop tailor-made ideas and innovative steel products for the requirements of the future.

Innovations are best created across technical borders. An intensive exchange between Sales, Development and Production are the prerequisite for successful innovations.

Bernhard Osburg – Chairman of the Executive Board

Innovation requires more than a flash of genius

When an idea has been turned into a finished product, it has a long journey behind it and has overcome several hurdles. The graph shows the most important stages.

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