Bekaert is the largest independent steel wire producer in the world and is the market leader in many products such as tire cord, metal fibres for concrete reinforcement, thin stainless fibres and hose reinforcement wire. Hydraulic hose applications become more and more demanding: higher working pressure, longer life, more flexible, less weight. Bekaert has developed solutions that give an answer to these more demanding needs. Replacing existing steel reinforcement wire by a thinner higher tensile version is one clear solution. An even better and very promising product is a high tensile flat wire with strongly improved ductility versus round wire. Primer coated steel wire can be applied to increase the adhesion with thermoplastics and rubber for an improved performance. Bekaert constantly tries to follow and understand the needs of its hose reinforcement wire customers fully and based on its technological leadership develops better solutions for the future.