Saarstahl Gruppe/Drahtwerk St. Ingbert, August 20, 2014

Drahtwerk St. Ingbert puts new surface treatment plant into operation

26 September 2014

Investment of 13.5 million euro in state-of-the-art technology



Drahtwerk St. Ingbert GmbH (DWI), a subsidiary of Saarstahl AG, has constructed a new pickling line for the surface treatment of wire. The investment amounted to 13.5 million euro. “The new plant allows us more flexibility and is helping us to generate additional fields of business”, Managing Director Peter Holz explains. “We want to expand our product range and to orientate our development toward higher quality grades”.

The photograph shows a wire coil which is immersed in various basins for specific surface treatment and rinsed in water between immersions.

The high-performance pickling line was built over a period of 18 months and its pickling and surface treatment technology is state-of-the-art. The new line allows coatings of even higher quality and with greater homogeneity than previously. Depending on the customers' requirements, wire can be phosphatized, polymer-coated or soap-treated. Combined with so-called hood-type annealing, in which wire coils are heated in a defined process in order to achieve particular material properties, as part of the Saarstahl Group, DWI now offers the latest technology in further processing of wire. “With this investment, we are well prepared for the future and for further developing our service for our customers”, Peter Holz comments.

In particular, the manufacture of drawn cold-heading wire, which is primarily used in the production of components for the automotive industry (e.g. engine components, chassis components, screws), has now been integrated into the possibilities offered in St. Ingbert. “The new hall with its modern facade has significantly enhanced the outward appearance of our plant when viewed from the Eventhaus, Alte Schmelz and from Saarbrücker Straße”, Peter Holz concludes.

About DWI:

Drahtwerk St. Ingbert GmbH was founded in 1984 and produces approx. 100,000 tonnes of wire a year with the new plant. Its customers come from throughout Europe, from the automotive industry and sector for high-quality consumer goods. As of 30th June 2014, DWI employed a workforce of 188 employees.

About Saarstahl:

For many years, the name Saarstahl has been a guarantee for high quality, customised solutions made of steel. The Saarstahl Group, with its headquarters in Völklingen, has specialised in the manufacture of wire rod, bar steel and forged products in exacting qualities. With innovative products and intelligent technologies, Saarstahl is making a contribution to finding solutions for global challenges such as mobility, energy efficiency and safety. Saarstahl products are in demand and used in applications, sometimes under the most extreme conditions, in the automotive and construction industries, in power engineering, in the aerospace industry, in mechanical engineering and in other steel-processing branches.

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