ANDRITZ to supply laser welding systems for Chinese automotive and steel producersANDRITZ Soutec, which has been a member of international technology Group ANDRITZ since 2012, has booked two important orders from China: BAIC Motor, Peking, and PCMI Metal Product, Chongqing, have each ordered a laser welding system for tailored blanks (sheet-metal parts for car bodies). The Soulas type systems are used for linear welding seams and each have an annual capacity of 1.2 million tailored blanks. Start-ups are scheduled for the third quarter of 2013.
The laser welding system for BAIC Motor will be used to manufacture the company’s C70G, C50E, and C60F models. BAIC Motor belongs to the Beijing Automotive Group, the fourth largest car manufacturer in China, which built around 3.1 million vehicles in 2012 and in which Daimler AG, Germany, will have a stake according to a recent announcement.
PCMI Metal Product belongs to Panzhihua Iron and Steel, the largest steel producer in western China and also China’s largest vanadium producer. In ordering its first laser welding system, PCMI Metal Product is entering the market for tailored blanks.
ANDRITZ Soutec is one of the leading global suppliers of laser and rolled seam resistance welding systems for the metalworking industry. The tailored blanks produced using ANDRITZ Soutec laser welding systems contribute towards making cars safer and up to 100 kilograms lighter, thus reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Almost all well-known cars worldwide contain body parts that were manufactured using welding systems from ANDRITZ Soutec. The Soulas welding systems alone (that are to be delivered to China) produce more than 100 million tailored blanks for the global car industry every year.
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The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, and the production of animal feed and biomass pellets. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for certain other sectors including automation, pumps, machinery for nonwovens and plastic films, steam boiler plants, biomass boilers and gasification plants for energy generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of panelboards (MDF), thermal sludge utilization, and biomass torrefaction plants. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 23,400 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 220 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world.
ANDRITZ METALS is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of stainless steel. These lines consist of equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for regeneration of pickling acids. In addition, the business area supplies lines for the production and processing of carbon steel and non-ferrous metal strip, resistance welding equipment for the metalworking industry, as well as turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries.
Schuler AG, Germany, in which ANDRITZ has a stake of more than 90% and which is fully consolidated as from March 1, 2012, is also allocated to the business area. As technological and global market leader in metalforming, Schuler supplies machines, production lines, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry. Its clients include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace and rail industries.