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Driving away the danger of car park damage: Tata Steel’s new dent resistant steel

12 November 2013 No Comment

Annoying car park damage that dents your pride and joy could soon be a thing of the past with the news that dent-resistant steel is now available in the UK for the first time.

The innovation by Tata Steel – Europe’s second largest steel manufacturer – not only strengthens a car’s exposed panels to help it withstand everyday knocks, it’s also seven per cent lighter than standard steel, helping drivers cut down their fuel bills.

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Making its mark on UK car manufacturers: New dent-resistant panels

The new steel – known as Bake Hardening 260 (BH260) – is being manufactured at Tata Steel’s South Wales operations in Port Talbot and Newport, and could finally be the solution for car manufacturers looking for stronger steel to protect bodywork, but which doesn’t add weight to the vehicle, making it costly to run.

The new bake hardening steel sheet, which is finished with an anti-corrosive zinc coating, joins an impressive fleet of automotive steel products from Tata Steel which are newly manufactured in the UK.

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It recently launched its DP800GI safety-critical sheet steel, designed to form the crash structure of a car, which also offers maximum safety protection but from lighter steel. Earlier this year Tata Steel also rolled off its Port Talbot production line a new heat-treated automotive steel, designed for car bodies and vehicle seat structures where strength is paramount rather than corrosive resistance.

Drivers delight as Tata Steel launches dent-resistant steel to UK market

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With these new automotive products, Tata Steel is putting the brakes on the scourge of many exasperated motorists in the UK – rising fuel bills and dreaded dent damage from a careless car door. With innovations like these driving the engine of car manufacturing in the UK, it’s sure to continue on the road to success.

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