Salzgitter expands blanking capacities

Salzgitter says it is investing €6 million ($7m) in its multi-blanking facility at Mannesmann Stahlservice in Schwerte, Kallanish learns from the German firm.

The new blanking line will be operational in the second quarter of 2019, and will be able to realise individual shapes and geometries like trapeze and bow shapes, as well as multi-cuts from big widths up to 2,100mm, Salzgitter says. It can handle thicknesses of 0.35-3.00mm for aluminium as well as steel. The existing multi-blanking line No 7 at Schwerte is a highly specialised device for car bodies and housings of household appliances, the company notes.

Meanwhile, Salzgitter has invested a one-digit million euro amount at its subsidiary Salzgitter Europlatinen for tailor-welded blanks. The expansion covers cutting as well as welding capacities, and an optimisation of processes. A new straightening line is able to handle material strengths of up to 1,400 MPa. The company notes that state-of-the art technology allows for ever smaller structural parts to be made as tailor-welded blanks.

Salzgitter Europlatinen was established 20 years ago and produces some 10 million blanks per year. Input material comes from Salzgitter Flachstahl.