AutomotiveiconThe use of low-alloy steel and various light metal alloys in vehicle construction is well established. The combination with various plastics has now also become standard. The use of stainless steel and titanium, on the other hand, is still a special solution, which is often used for the refinement of a few premium models. Modern stainless steel alloys, however, have astonishing properties, which also offer interesting added value for the automotive sector – far beyond the mere design aspect. Depending on the alloy composition, these performance characteristics vary.

The relevant characteristics and advantages for the automotive industry are:

  • Optimum price/performance ratio
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Low-cost non-cutting and cutting processing properties
  • Optimal ratio between mechanical strength and weight properties
  • Guaranteed availability in consistent quality
  • 100% recyclable

With a professional surface treatment, the optics (design) and functionality of the material (corrosion resistance, particle emission, etc.) can be significantly improved.

Component functionality in the automotive sector

Each component has to fit into the overall construct >> automobile << and play its role in compliance with specifications. However, the functionality of entire component batches can be adversely affected by environmental influences as well as by the production process. Examples of this include sea transport of components in corrosive atmospheres, production-related impurities caused by particles, oils and greases or stamping burrs. Before such components are used at their final destination, an appropriate surface treatment is not only sensible, but stringently required.


“Form Follows Function (FFF)”: this well-known design principle is also applicable in automotive engineering. Increases in efficiency or even effectiveness are only a few factors. The machining of metallic surfaces can cover a multitude of interesting design aspects which additionally increase the functionality. FFF can therefore also be interpreted the other way around as “Function Follows Form”.

Services for the automotive industry

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Professional cleaning

Our chemical and electrochemical processes ensure, in particular, the preservation of the component and increase its value. Depending on the task, we remove corrosive layers as well as foreign particles and residues. This improves the component life as well as its processing capability so that each component can optimally fulfil its role.

Our cleaning services at a glance:


We have a modern blasting machine with which we can clean, deburr and matt components. Gentle processing with glass beads allows a matt-gloss finish on metallic surfaces. If necessary, the components are degreased and/or pickled by us beforehand in order to achieve the best possible result.
In particular, the combination of blasted stainless steel with a subsequent electropolish gives a unique matt lustre effect, which cannot be produced in any other way.

Colouring stainless steel

Stainless steel has the unique feature of forming a passive layer that shields it from corrosion like a protective cover. With the HENKEL Interference Technique , this layer is created in a targeted manner. Depending on the final layer thickness, different colourings of the starting material are then produced using the interference effect. The application of dyes or pigments is not necessary. The colours neither fade nor cover the characteristic stainless steel look.
  • Body components
  • Engine components
  • Mouldings (interior and exterior)
  • Exhaust pots
  • Underride and anti-tampering devices
  • Roll cages
  • Fittings
  • Special parts
  • Various design elements (interior and exterior)
  • Stainless steels (including 1.4301, 1.4404/1.4435/316L, 1.4571, 1.4539/904L, etc.)
  • Duplex stainless steels (1.4462, etc.)
  • Nickel and nickel alloys (incl. alloy 59, Hastelloy®, Inconel®)
  • Aluminium
  • Titanium and titanium alloys