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ttyssenkrupp to Build Forging Line in Homburg Saarland

Steel News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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thyssenkrupp announced its decision to build a new forging line at its Homburg site in Germany’s Saarland region. The company will invest some 80 million euros in a new facility to produce forged front axles for trucks. Long-term delivery contracts have already been signed with truck manufacturers. This production expansion represents the biggest single investment ever made at thyssenkrupp’s Homburg site. Dr. Alexander Becker, CEO of the Forged Technologies business unit at thyssenkrupp: “Our customers have made a conscious decision to place their orders with our Homburg site in order to secure the reliable supply of these specialized parts in Europe in times of international customs risks and rising logistics costs. This will allow the Homburg site to demonstrate its production expertise, product quality and delivery performance in the international marketplace.”

The plant has long been one of the most efficient production sites in thyssenkrupp’s global forging network. It is market leader for forged crankshafts, supplying automotive customers worldwide. The production of truck front axles will open up a new market and product segment for the company. These chassis components are powertrain-independent and will continue to be needed even when e-mobility starts to make greater inroads into the transportation sector.

The centerpiece of the new highly automated and digitized forging line in Homburg will be a 16,000 tonne forging press measuring 10 meters in height and weighing 1,700 tons. The pressing force of 16,000 tonnes is equivalent to the weight of 30 of today’s biggest passenger aircraft.

thyssenkrupp has been manufacturing forged components at the Homburg site since 1947. With a roughly 750-strong workforce it is one of the region’s biggest employers, and the new investment will create around 70 new jobs. Construction of the world’s most advanced forging line is scheduled to start in early 2020. The roughly 12,000 square meter facility will be built on the existing site, with completion and start of production planned for early 2021.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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