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Why are you attending IAA?

Carrying out technology projects, developing new materials and processes, and manufacturing components are all ways in which we can work with companies in the automotive sector.

We asked four managers from thyssenkrupp’s Steel division why they will be attending IAA.

Prof. Hans Ferkel
Head of Technology and Innovation

“IAA is a marketplace ffor ideas and products. We are looking to meet and speak with key operators in the sector. This includes our long-term customers and partners as well as new market players.

The goal is to get to know them better and learn more about their material processing methods. This in turn will allow us to find out what materials and processes will be in demand in the future. This relates to steels for hot and cold forming as well as coatings and process technologies.

The future of travel belongs to electric mobility. This trend is driving our efforts to optimize our electrical steel in order to minimize losses and improve its magnetic and mechanical properties. A potential longer-term goal is likewise to define common industrial standards. A critical factor in e-mobility succeeding is having highly efficient electrical drive systems, which include everything from the battery to the electric motor. IAA is the perfect place to meet and discuss such topics with companies operating in the sector."

Prof. Hans Ferkel and his team are fully focused on meeting the needs of customers. Their goal is to speed up the process of designing new products and bringing them to market.

Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold
CEO Precision Steel business unit

“Did you know that about 80 percent of our precision strip is supplied to the automotive sector? Our materials find their way into a number of safety-related components like height adjustment mechanisms for seat belts as well as seat and chassis components. Precision strip offers maximum safety, the narrowest tolerances, and excellent forming properties.

These are all attributes that will continue to be in strong demand in the mobility of the future. Our bainitic steels, which have already found their way into the body of a prototype electric vehicle, are a prime example of this. They can be shaped into complex form and make it possible to produce ultra-light, highly sturdy components.

Also worthy of note is our high-grade manganese steel that hardens substantially during forming, making it possible to further reduce weight in safety-related components. We would like to discuss this and much more with you at IAA.”

thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg GmbH became the Precision Steel business unit back in 2016. At this time, Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold was appointed CEO of the BU, where she is in charge of the precision strip business in Hohenlimburg.

Jörg Paffrath
CEO Industry business unit

“The automotive supplier industry has been among our core group of customers for some time. We are looking to discuss the changes being faced in the sector with them in Frankfurt. Newly developed manganese-boron steels are now part of the products we deliver to customers in the automotive sector via precision tube manufacturers.

These steels are primarily used in chassis stabilizers and dampers, in camshafts and gear shafts, and in steering rods. The requirements in terms of torsional rigidity, strength, and lightweight construction have grown significantly over the past years with regard to these components.

We are looking to the future, as well. That means we need to continue to pursue topics like the use of hot-rolled strip with the narrowest tolerances (scalur® and scalur®+Z) for use in high-precision parts like seat rails and chassis components independent of future drive concepts. Being able to offer a full range of products and services makes us the ideal partner for materials thanks to our ability to fully and quickly meet our customers’ requirements, whatever they may be.”

The former Sales Industry unit has been operating as the Industry business unit for one year now. Jörg Paffrath contributes his many years of experience in this sector as CEO of the business unit.

André Matusczyk
CEO Automotive business unit

“We were able to acquire extensive expertise in the automotive sector over the past 30 years through our involvement in a number of technology projects. We are looking to IAA in a time of massive change to discuss this with our customers. Steel is the primary material used in the chassis and in the structure of conventional drives and hybrid concepts. Our focus in this area continues to be on affordable lightweight solutions.

We are able to offer our customers just the right material for their respective application by developing new, high-strength dual-phase steels, employing cutting-edge processes like hot forming, and combining steel with other materials to create composites.

We are also focusing on electric mobility. After all, electric vehicles would not exist were it not for steel, especially electrical steel. Our R&D activities are centered on low-cost materials within the scope of lightweight concepts and on individual components with special safety requirements such as battery cases. We want to speak directly with the companies in the sectors at IAA in Frankfurt. This will allow us to develop ideas, projects, and partnerships.”

André Matusczyk has headed up the Automotive business unit for close to one year now. He has both in-depth expertise in materials designed for the sector as well as extensive knowledge of the market.

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