This article first appeared in the Bus-News Magazine Issue 1 2024.
Stalatube is the leading supplier of stainless steel in the bus and coach building industry globally. The company provides high-strength stainless steel solutions with over 50 years of experience. With a global presence, in-depth material expertise, and the world’s widest product portfolio in stainless square and rectangular hollow sections and components, Stalatube helps customers connect the most suitable product with their application or project – in even the most complex of cases. Environmentally conscious solutions are here to build a better future. With co-operation with customers and investing in R&D, innovations can be achieved.
In the transportation sector, our ultimate goal is clear – lighter vehicles with lower CO2 emissions paired with the very highest passenger safety. Stalatube’s innovative high-strength stainless steel materials and optimal vehicle structure design help achieve the weight reduction necessary as well as meet CO2 goals.
Stainless steel stands out as a superior material for bus structures including safety, durability and environmental matters. It is crash- and fire-resistant, eliminating the need for extra protection. Furthermore, stainless steel is less prone to corrosion, resulting in lower maintenance costs compared to carbon steel.
The life-cycle costs of stainless steel solutions are significantly less than those of carbon steel, making it a cost-effective and sustainable choice. Notably, stainless steel is 100% recyclable, reducing the environmental impact of the transportation sector.
Stalatube high-strength hollow sections have excellent yield strength, elongation and energy absorption properties. In addition, they offer not only lighter structures but also better corrosion resistance and lower life-cycle costs. Tailored products reduce material waste and keep the cost level stable. Compared to a traditional carbon steel bus, life-cycle costs remain low. Additional benefits come from reduced CO2 emissions, fuel costs and improved passenger capacity. High strength stainless steel is an optimal material for roof arcs, side pillars, chassis and collision elements.
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