Tata Steel to install new slitting line in Germany

PTI London | Updated on March 08, 2011

Tata Steel plans to install a new line to double the slitting capacity of its service centre at Gelsenkirchen in Germany.

Service Centre Gelsenkirchen GmbH currently operates one slitter and one cut-to-length line and the output is largely destined for the automotive industry. The second slitting line, together with the associated expansion of the Gelsenkirchen site, will cost €8.6 million.

The new line will have a capacity of 140,000 tonnes per annum, almost double the site’s existing slitting capacity. The new slitter will be able to process coil in thicknesses of 0.4-4mm and width up to 1,650 mm, with a maximum yield strength of 1400N/mm2. It is due to come on stream in early 2012.

The Service Centre Gelsenkirchen General Manager, Mr Jochen Hoefges, said: “Our strategy towards the automotive sector is to increase the volume and technical innovation of the products we offer. The Gelsenkirchen investment is an example of this ambition and will further strengthen Tata Steel’s downstream capability to serve this specific sector.”

“The new slitting line will raise the service centre’s capacity as well as its product portfolio, establishing an Automotive Centre of Excellence. The line is designed to process Advanced and Ultra High Strength Steel (AHSS and UHSS) grades, matching the growing demand for more advanced automotive products,” he added.

Service Centre Gelsenkirchen GmbH was established in 2000 and is part of Tata Steel’s European distribution network. About 90 per cent of its throughput serves the automotive industry.

The capacity of the facility at present is 225,000 tonnes, including 155,000 tonnes per annum of slitting capacity and 70,000 tonnes per annum of cut-to-length capacity.

Published on March 08, 2011

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