Benteler claims the new plant will be the largest surface treatment centre for tubes in Europe. Following on from the company’s investment in a large-diameter tube galvanizing line for hydraulic line tubes in 2018, the new line is specifically designed for small tube dimensions.
The company points out that demand for environmentally friendly surface coatings has risen sharply recently, especially for smaller tube diameters (10-16mm), and that its latest investment was driven by such customer demand.
In a matter of nine months, the galvanizing line was designed in-house and built in cooperation with companies from the region. In addition to the technical possibilities, resource conservation was the focus of the construction project. The new plant is characterised by comparatively low electricity and water consumption during operation, the company emphasises.
It notes the proprietary coating systems produced at Schloss Neuhaus, such as Zista Seal and Zistaplex, are in demand worldwide. The surface solutions protect components such as hydraulic line tubes from corrosion, thus extending the service life of, for example, construction or agricultural machinery.
Christian Koehl Germany