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Automotive – innovative mobility solutions

Solutions for the mobility of today and tomorrow

Demands on our means of transport have never been as high as they are today: They should be sustainable, autonomous, connected and at the same time suitable for large-scale use. How can automotive manufacturers meet these expectations and at the same time compete with ever-tougher competition? Questions like these provide daily challenges to our automotive customers and ourselves.

We are already working on the solutions – from high-quality materials for electric vehicles, intelligent steering systems for autonomous driving to digitized assembly lines for highly efficient production processes.

Let's find answers to current and upcoming challenges facing the automotive industry together!

Body - Light is alright.

Body - Light is alright.

Economical lightweight construction and increasing crash safety are the focus of modern vehicle body development. The advantage for our customers: because thyssenkrupp builds tools and assembly lines, and manufactures prototypes that are subjected to extensive testing, our innovative materials and manufacturing technologies are quickly integrated into series production. Besides structural and add-on components, seat components and wheels, we support our customers with the specific material solutions they need – for the conventional drives of today as well as for the electromobility of tomorrow.

Chassis - For us, the chassis is more than the sum of its parts.

Chassis - For us, the chassis is more than the sum of its parts.

Today's mobility places the highest demands on modern chassis technology. We supply solutions that maximize safety, comfort and driving pleasure: From springs and stabilizers, through intelligent steering and damper systems to assembly and logistics services. At the same time, we continue to develop new paths with our customers and develop, for example, “steer-by-wire” systems or predictive, active dampers for more autonomous vehicles. This means that the future essential functions of the car will be seen in a whole new way.

Power train - Our driver is efficiency.

Power train - Our driver is efficiency.

While conventional combustion engines continue to be the dominant form of power, hybrid and pure electric motors are surging forward. We offer solutions for all drive types – ranging from components and modules for highly efficient combustion and hybrid engines and lightweight rotors for electric drives to suitable assembly and test systems. Working with our customers, we are constantly developing our products. Our goal: clever technology for powerful drives with the highest levels of efficiency.

Plant Engineering - A passion for cars.

Plant Engineering - A passion for cars.

As an internationally active system partner of the automotive industry, we offer our customers innovative and sustainable engineering solutions based on state-of-the-art technologies – reliable, flexible and customized. That is why the automotive industry relies on our more than 100 years of excellence and expertise in prototype, toolmaking, bodywork, battery and final assembly as well as test systems, plus automation solutions for electrical storage and drive systems.

Services - The best starting point for efficient processes.

Services - The best starting point for efficient processes.

What matters to our customers is their core business – we take care of everything else: With individual supply chain management services and tailor-made manufacturing solutions we ensure perfect framework conditions and the best base material. Advanced IT solutions take over the intelligent control of the entire process and finishing chain. This ensures that our customers receive the best basis for their product.

Impressions from IAA

Dr. Karsten Kroos

“We want to play a decisive role in shaping the transformation of the automotive industry with our expertise in materials, powertrain, chassis and automotive plant engineering. At the same time, we are side-by-side with our customers when it comes to the key trends for the future: e-mobility, autonomous driving and digital manufacturing.”

Dr. Karsten Kroos

CEO of the Business Area Components Technology of thyssenkrupp AG
Andreas J. Goss

“We want to support our customers in transforming their industry even better – with specific material solutions for the conventional drives of today, as well as for the e-mobility of tomorrow.”

Andreas J. Goss

CEO of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Our future topics

thyssenkrupp e-mobility

E-mobility for all need not be difficult.

Our automotive solutions are easy, safe and economical at the same time – thanks to steel, the most economical lightweight construction material in the world. Steel can be processed using established and safe processes, is 100% recyclable and one of the strongest drivers within the automotive industry. Because load-bearing steel bodies save human lives. Because in the future, no e-car will move an inch without our highly efficient electrical steel. Because we also supply automation solutions for electrical storage and drive systems. And because cost factors are vital in the end.

E-Mobility
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Autonomous driving

Autonomously driven cars will fundamentally change the future of mobility. The driver will soon be able to choose in more and more situations whether they want to steer. As steering experts, we work with our customers to bring autonomous driving safely onto the road. For example, we are developing electrical "steer-by-wire" concepts which allow the steering function to be integrated into totally new vehicle architectures. This allows the driver to actually use the space in front of him/her for different things altogether.

Autonomous driving
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Intelligent chassis

As chassis experts, we are working with our customers to integrate the damping function even further into the vehicle's surroundings. These active dampers can anticipate changing driving and terrain conditions. This increases comfort, driving dynamics and safety. In the future, such active damper systems will become more and more important as more of the flowing traffic becomes autonomous, giving passengers who want to work in their car or to surf the Internet a perfect driving experience at all times.

Intelligent chassis
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Future automotive factory

As a 360° partner along the entire value chain, the perfect interplay of process, cost and quality is "business-as-usual" for us. In addition to our extensive experience and years of know-how, our global experts from the System Engineering team are driven by their hunger for innovation – from digitized factories through simulations to the interplay between humans and robots. This is how we create tailor-made assembly systems perfectly adapted to the needs of our customers. Cost-effective and with consistent quality at any place in the world.

Future factory

The skilled and reliable partner of the automotive industry

Bodywork. Chassis. Drive. thyssenkrupp has been a reliable partner of the global automotive industry for over 100 years with its experience in materials, components and systems as well as in plant engineering.

We support our customers with the specific solutions they need – for today's conventional drive as well as for the mobility of tomorrow. Whether electric mobility, lightweight construction, autonomous driving or intelligent chassis: Together with our customers, we find the answer to every challenge – and support them with exactly the solutions they need. We look forward to discussing those exciting topics with you soon.

Our Automotive Business Areas

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Product overview automotive

Components Technology
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Steering
Steering

Steering technology from thyssenkrupp is fitted in the vehicles of almost all major auto manufacturers. Alongside cold-forged steering components, we produce steering columns as well as complete mechanical, hydraulic and electric steering systems. Our electric power-assisted steering systems help significantly reduce fuel consumption. They are also a prerequisite for systems such as park assist, lane assist, and autonomous driving.

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Damper
Damper

Shock absorbers from thyssenkrupp reduce the vibrations of vehicle springs to provide optimized road contact. As damper specialists, we supply our customers with the right system for every requirement: from conventional monotube/twin-tube shock absorbers to complete air spring systems and adjustable dampers. With our products we serve not only OEMs but also the aftermarket and motorsport sectors.

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Springs & stabilizers
Springs & stabilizers

Springs and stabilizers from thyssenkrupp provide maximum comfort and safety in vehicles. As partner to the automobile industry, we develop and produce premium innovative solutions to meet the highest demands on suspension technology. Whether for cars or trucks – we find the optimum combination of ride comfort and safety whatever the vehicle.

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Axle assembly
Axle assembly

At thyssenkrupp we perform axle assembly and logistics services for our customers in the automobile industry. Chassis modules and complete axle systems are produced just-in-time and delivered just-in-sequence according to customers' needs. Our services include module and system assembly and if required quality and supplier management for our customers.

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Camshafts
Camshafts

thyssenkrupp is the world market leader for assembled camshafts: we count practically all international auto manufacturers among our customers. Our camshafts are essential engine components, ensuring that oxygen is supplied to the combustion process and exhaust gases are removed from the engine block. We also develop cylinder head modules with integrated camshafts, variable valve train systems, and components for electric drives.

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Crankshafts & conrods
Crankshafts & conrods

Forged and machined crankshafts and conrods from thyssenkrupp are used in internal combustion engines the world over. We also manufacture numerous other engine, transmission and suspension components for various applications. State-of-the-art production processes, close cooperation with our customers, and in-house research and development resources, together with over 100 years' experience of forging and machining technology, define who we are today.

Industrial Solutions
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Automotive plants
Automotive plants

We are specialists in automotive manufacturing: As a global systems partner, thyssenkrupp supplies all major elements of the body and powertrain process chains – from engineering to prototyping to final assembly. With over 100 years' experience, we develop innovations that push back technological boundaries. Customers benefit from the high quality of our materials, our extensive engineering expertise and the passion we bring to our projects.

Materials Services
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Rolled steel
Rolled steel

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end warehouse and inventory management solutions, as well as customized supply chain solutions. With AST in Italy, the Group also boasts one of Europe’s leading stainless steel flat product manufacturers.

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Stainless steel
Stainless steel

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end warehouse and inventory management solutions, as well as customized supply chain solutions. With AST in Italy, the Group also boasts one of Europe’s leading stainless steel flat product manufacturers.

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Nonferrous metals
Nonferrous metals

As a leading raw materials trading company, thyssenkrupp ensures just-in-time supplies to its customers worldwide. The product range includes coal, coke, special ores, alloys, metals, minerals, and industrial gases, as well as energy services. Outstanding knowledge of products and markets and close ties to leading producers and suppliers ensure security of supply. Our full-service offering includes advice on applications, as well as comprehensive quality management.

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Plastics
Plastics

thyssenkrupp is not just a world-leading materials distributor, but it also offers tailored logistics solutions and custom processing services. The product range includes carbon steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and plastics in virtually all shapes, grades, and sizes. In total around 150,000 articles are available. In addition to wide-ranging materials and services, thyssenkrupp offers end-to-end inventory management, as well as customized supply chain solutions.

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Materials services (processing)
Materials services (processing)

In its worldwide service centers and branches, thyssenkrupp has extensive processing capabilities, including slitting, shearing, plasma and laser cutting, sawing, drilling, milling, and coating. Materials can also be supplied with TÜV certificates on request.

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Logistics services
Logistics services

As a leading materials distributor, thyssenkrupp offers its customers sophisticated warehousing and logistics services, including end-to-end inventory management and customized supply chain solutions.

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Metals
Metals

As a leading raw materials trading company, thyssenkrupp ensures just-in-time supplies to its customers worldwide. The product range includes coal, coke, special ores, alloys, metals, minerals, and industrial gases, as well as energy services. Outstanding knowledge of products and markets and close ties to leading producers and suppliers ensure security of supply. Our full-service offering includes advice on applications, as well as comprehensive quality management.

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Alloys
Alloys

As a leading raw materials trading company, thyssenkrupp ensures just-in-time supplies to its customers worldwide. The product range includes coal, coke, special ores, alloys, metals, minerals, and industrial gases, as well as energy services. Outstanding knowledge of products and markets and close ties to leading producers and suppliers ensure security of supply. Our full-service offering includes advice on applications, as well as comprehensive quality management.

Steel Europe
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Hot strip
Hot strip

thyssenkrupp's hot-rolled portfolio extends from mild and structural steels to thermomechanically rolled high-strength PERFORM® grades for cold forming. Hot-rolled steel is available pickled and unpickled in a variety of dimensions. The wide range includes our premium product SCALUR®, pickled hot-rolled steel with very close thickness tolerances, sour gas-resistant pipeline steel, manganese-boron steels for hot forming, and dual phase steels for the manufacture of complex high-strength structural elements.

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Heavy plate
Heavy plate

thyssenkrupp's heavy plate product range comprises quarto and cut-to-length plates for a wide variety of applications, tailored to customer requirements. Our high-strength special structural steels N-A-XTRA® and XABO® are used in highly stressed structures such as mobile cranes, our high-strength cold-forming steels PERFORM® in lightweight structures in truck manufacture, our wear-resistant XAR® steels in construction and mining equipment, and our SECURE steels in ballistic applications.

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Sheet & coated products
Sheet & coated products

thyssenkrupp offers a broad spectrum of cold-rolled sheet and coated products. Our coatings range from hot-dip galvanized and galvannealed to our ZM EcoProtect® coating and our aluminum-based aluminum-silicon, GALFAN® and GALVALUME® products. In addition we offer electrogalvanized sheet and special finishes such as EloTex® and PrimeTex®, the perfect basis for an outstanding paint finish.

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Organic coated strip & sheet
Organic coated strip & sheet

thyssenkrupp is a leading manufacturer of organic-coated sheet. Attractive and functional coatings from our PLADUR® and Reflections® ranges open up great creative scope for the design of multistory and industrial buildings, facades and roofing. PLADUR® MetalLook finishes with anti-fingerprint properties are the preferred choice for the domestic appliance sector. Our coil-coated products offer premium quality, good formability and optimum corrosion protection.

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Composite material
Composite material

With TRIBOND®, thyssenkrupp's steel specialists combine different materials in a single product. Consisting of two or three layers produced by hot roll cladding, our composite materials offer properties which cannot be achieved with a conventional monolithic steel material. The vibration-damping composite BONDAL® comprises a viscoelastic polymer sandwiched between two steel face sheets for excellent structure-borne and air-borne sound insulation.

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Electrical steel
Electrical steel

thyssenkrupp is a global market leader in high-tech electrical steel, a product used throughout the electricity value chain from generation to transmission, distribution and consumption. Our product range includes both semi-finished and fully finished grades. Innovative PowerCore® electrical steels offer extremely high efficiency. The grain-oriented version, produced by a sophisticated process to create its special grain structure, is used in transformers, while non-oriented electrical steel is employed in electric motors, appliances and generators.

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Precision steel strip
Precision steel strip

Manufactured to very close thickness tolerances, precision steel strip from thyssenkrupp achieves properties similar to cold-rolled steel. In addition it offers excellent surface quality, extremely uniform material properties, tailored microstructures, outstanding forming properties even in high-strength grades, and batch sizes matched to customer needs. This means our precision steel strip is perfect for direct processing as well as for further processing in the cold rolling mill.

Careers at thyssenkrupp

Careers at thyssenkrupp

For everyone with gasoline running through their veins!
Or electricity.

We are looking for the right minds with whom we can successfully think ahead in terms of mobility.

Careers in the automotive field at thyssenkrupp
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