ALUVATION – a high-tech start-up with years of experience
Since the 1990s, the name Markus Belte has been synonymous with innovative and forward-thinking heat treatment processes for aluminum components in the automotive industry. He has been launching pioneering developments since then, many of which have become market standards. In 1998, Markus Belte developed a groundbreaking process for heat treating installed structural components for the first compact class vehicle with an all-aluminum chassis. In 1999/2000, he introduced heat treatment of engine mounts for the top sedan made by a premium German manufacturer. Afterwards, he developed the market’s first specialized heat treatment process for cylinder heads and engine blocks for diesel vehicles for another premium German manufacturer. He has continued to work on numerous joint projects and research and development work with all of the automotive industry’s biggest names. These innovations are closely connected to the patented polymer technology Markus Belte has developed for quenching after the first heat treatment step.
What makes polymer quenching unique? Aluminum components cool slowly after casting, remaining in a relatively brittle state. This often means they can’t continue to be used in high-stress applications. Before modern hardening processes, this deficiency was often overcome by using thicker materials - with all the disadvantages that come along with them, like higher weight, environmental impact, and higher cost. Today, the polymer technology developed by Markus Belte allows producers to use a graduated heating and cooling process to give the aluminum component the sophisticated material properties customers need. This allows for highly compact engine designs, among other applications. Thanks to higher compression pressures, it is possible to generate extremely high engine power with a comparatively small displacement. The small displacement significantly reduces wear on engines. That means engine housings can be made much more lightweight, while also increasing their service lives. Other consequences include lower environmental impact during production, reduced emissions in everyday use, and secondary effects like better driving capabilities.
The development of the ALUVATION system grows from this 30-year span of experience in the aluminum heat treatment segment, spurred on by the demands of a rapidly changing market where lightweight aluminum construction is playing an ever more important role.