BENTELER at the Tube 2018: lighter cars, safer pedestrians, smarter tube connections

BENTELER presents itself as an innovative partner in technology at the most important global trade fair for the tube industry, the Tube in Dusseldorf, Germany, and demonstrates solutions for the automotive, energy and hydraulic industry. To top it off, BENTELER offers everything from one source: From material development through tube production to a global sales and logistics network

Tube solutions for the future of mobility

BENTELER develops and produces tubes and component solutions made of tube for the future of mobility. They target the four key trends of the automotive industry: Light-weight construction, CO2 reduction, safety and cost efficiency. "We make our customers' components lighter, for instance by replacing solid material springs in the chassis with spring tubes. This reduces component weight by up to 40 percent," explains Christian Wiethuechter, Chief  Sales and Operations Officer BENTELER Steel/Tube. The company also improves the safety of pedestrians by manufacturing special tubes and piston rods for activators under engine hoods. When a sensor registers a collision, the piston rod and tube extend, lifting the hood. This increases the distance between the hood and engine block, decreasing the risk of injury for pedestrians.

BENTELER presented solutions for the automotive, energy and hydraulic industries at the Tube 2018 in Dusseldorf.BENTELER presented solutions for the automotive, energy and hydraulic industries at the Tube 2018 in Dusseldorf.

Higher car efficiency through varID® technology

To date, anti-roll bars for the chassis of cars were manufactured from solid steel rods. To reduce weight, they are now increasingly made of tubes. These are approximately 40 percent lighter, making them a crucial component of light-weight solutions in automotive construction. BENTELER's new varID® technology now makes cars even more efficient: varID® tubes are tubes with a variable.

internal diameter for chassis anti-roll bars. "They are ideal for the compensation of local forces in a car. A special tube drawing process, which adapts the tube wall thickness in areas subject to severe stress, makes all of this possible. This reduces weight by another 15 percent. As a result, cars are lighter, fuel consumption is lower and so is environmental impact," explains Dr. Thorsten Andres, Vice President Development BENTELER Steel/Tube.

HPL500 steel grade withstands extremely high pressure

BENTELER has developed a new, high-strength steel for hydraulic line systems, the HPL500 steel grade. It is put to good use by many industries, for instance in agricultural machinery such as combine harvesters or beet lifters. HPL500 has a particularly long service life. On the one hand, its improved mechanical properties reduce weight. On the other hand, customers get a highly efficient hydraulic system, which can withstand particularly high pressure.

PreFiS Pressfitting System – resilient tube connections, no welding required

With its new PreFiS Pressfitting System, BENTELER has developed a solution for strong tube connections that requires no welding and takes only a few seconds. The metal-to-metal press fitting seal components connecting tubes are most frequently used in fire extinguishing systems or coating lines. "In these areas, our customers work in very small spaces. Our new press tools make pressing even easier," explains Thomas Müller, Sales Manager of the PreFiS team, BENTELER Distribution.

"Our customers benefit from the global know-how of the entire BENTELER Group," says Christian Wiethuechter. "Our global network consists of 144 locations in 39 countries. We provide our international customers with solutions that make a difference. And we do it quickly, reliably, without hassle and in a high quality."

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About BENTELER

BENTELER is a leading global company that develops, produces and sells products, systems and services for the automotive, energy and engineering sectors. We are a family-owned firm now in the fourth generation. Our 30,000  employees  at  144  locations  in  39  countries  are  passionate  about  excellence  in  manufacturing  and

distribution - in close proximity and collaboration with our customers. Sales in 2017 amounted to 7,856 Million Euros.  The  three  Business  Divisions  BENTELER  Automotive,  BENTELER  Steel/Tube  and  BENTELER Distribution are organized under the strategic management holding company BENTELER International AG in Salzburg, Austria. With our technological expertise and strong focus on successful implementation, we develop solutions that make the difference – for customers, employees and society. And we make them happen.

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