Paderborn Salzburg headquartered Europe’s leading tube maker BENTELER Steel/Tube has succeeded in producing seamless tubes from BENTELER SMARTCUT free-cutting steel for the first time. BENTELER SMARTCUT combines the advantages of highly machinable free-cutting steels with the geometry advantages of a tube and thus optimizes machining. The product line of seamless steel tubes in hot-rolled as well as cold drawn types offers optimized solutions for various applications. In this way, economical machining can be realized both for smaller quantities and for large-scale series production. Due to the production of the steel in an electric arc furnace, a reduction of the CO2 footprint by more than 70% can be achieved with BENTELER SMARTCUT compared to bar steel from the blast furnace route. In addition, the tubes are guaranteed lead-free in accordance with the EU REACH Regulation to protect the environment.With BENTELER SMARTCUT, BENTELER Steel/Tube is using the class of free-cutting steels for the first time for a product family of specific tube solutions. With various sulfur contents starting from at least 0.10% sulfur - about three to five times the usual 0.015 to 0.035% for machining tubes - BENTELER SMARTCUT tubes have excellent machinability. This means that the tubes can be processed better and more economically. In addition, material savings of more than 50% compared to steel bars are not uncommon. The use of BENTELER SMARTCUT tubes made of free-cutting steel allows significant productivity increases to be achieved in the machining industryTogether with steel distribution partners and customers, BENTELER Steel/Tube provides application-specific, seamless tube solutions for machining companies, machine builders and manufacturers of precision workpieces with BENTELER SMARTCUT.Free-cutting steel has been used for a long time as a solid material, mostly in the form of steel bar in the machining industry. This is because the material properties of free-cutting steel with a high sulfur concentration offer advantages in machining operations such as turning, milling or drilling. This manifests itself in faster, more productive machining with better chip formation and longer tool life.