Car getting a little rusty? You won’t have to worry about that once Hyundai’s new and improved steel starts showing up on car bodies.
Hyundai Hysco, a part of the same group as the car maker, has developed a new process that allows them to ‘pre-seal’ steel plates. Steel car parts are usually good for 6 years before they start to rust. The new process stretches the rust-free period out to 20 years. The process will reduce manufacturing costs by reducing the need to do things such as waterproof fenders and the bottom of doors where rust first starts its attack.
The steel plates will be targeted at luxury vehicles first. Steel using a similar process is already used in luxury cars made by BMW and Lexus. Hyundai Hysco anticipates high profitability from their new value-added offering. They are currently the fourth biggest steelmaker in Korea, but they hope that their new technology will allow them to grab a larger share of the market.