Tower International’s hot forming technology provides customers with ultra high strength steels (UHSS) for automotive body structures. Demand for UHSS is increasing to allow conformance to additional regulatory requirements for fuel economy – through mass reduction – while maintaining vehicle safety. The hot forming process involves heating sheet steel in a furnace and then stamping it while hot in a press with water-cooled dies. The result? A stamped part made of UHSS with metallurgical characteristics and mechanical properties allows for significant vehicle weight savings and higher levels of strength.