Ongoing investment in one of the UK’s leading spring manufacturers is securing their position as a key international supplier for the automotive and industrial sector.
Over the last 12 months, European Springs & Pressings, has invested over £2m in their two Cornish factories with a further £1m invested more recently in a number of new advanced technologies. A new powder-coating line has been installed in a 700 sq. metre extension, a new heat treatment oven acquired and two high-performance spring-end grinding machines complete the recent purchases.
The new equipment, spread across the Penryn and Redruth factories, has doubled the grinding capabilities in the company’s industrial sector and expanded the automotive sector grinding facilities by 400%. The new heat treatment oven and powder coating line increases automotive production infrastructure by 200%.
Michael Gibbs, Managing Director of the Cornwall operations concludes: “Developing enhanced manufacturing capabilities through investment in high-tech infrastructure and education, enables us to sustain manufacturing competitiveness. With a global market place across multiple industries, it is essential that we maintain our reputation for innovation and manufacturing excellence.
“We’re accelerating our industrial and automotive sector expertise, through operational focus, in direct response to customer demand. Our programme of machinery financing is strategic, reflecting a number of years of record growth and our parent company’s, Lesjofors, global position as an investor in manufacturing.”
European Springs & Pressings Ltd has sites in Cornwall, London and Yorkshire. It is part of the Lesjofors parent company with 28 spring manufacturing companies across Europe, America and Asia. www.europeansprings.com
AMADA MIYACHI announces that it now offers the new TR-T0016A Touch Retract Welding Torch, ideal for rapid design evaluation of electric vehicle battery pack concepts in research and development settings, low to medium volume battery pack manufacturing, and battery pack repair and rework applications. The TR-T0016A Touch Retract Welding Torch is a great choice for those scaling up from R&D to manufacturing, offering ease of integration and automation.
The TR-T0016A Touch Retract Torch is a lightweight, handheld tool that allows easy manipulation of battery cans and tab materials in a bench-top, R&D environment. The system can be used with typical prototype tooling. The system has been extensively tested for welding copper, nickel, and aluminium battery tab materials up to a thickness of 0.5 millimetres (mm) onto 18650 and 2170 battery can material.
Compared to traditional resistance welding technologies, the TR-T0016A Touch Retract Torch can achieve effective welding of copper with relative ease. Its low voltage operation also offers safety advantages for hand assembly applications compared to many tungsten inert gas (TIG) systems.
At a lower cost than a typical laser system, the system is a more affordable option for low volume battery pack prototyping, racing vehicles, and small to medium scale battery pack rework. The flexible TR-T0016A enables battery pack concepts to be quickly manufactured and tested. It can also be incorporated into an automated manufacturing line, making the TR-T0016A appropriate for low to medium volume niche automotive production applications.
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South Korean-based Horyong Ltd boasts 28 years of know how in the production of truck mounted aerial lifts, used in construction and other work sites. To meet customer demand, and possess the competitive edge needed on the global market, the company almost exclusively uses SSAB’s Strenx performance steel in the special purpose vehicles manufactured.
All over the world urbanization continues to grow, and the construction of more housing and office buildings intensify the demand on industrial equipment. Customers want safe and durable vehicles. Horyong meets the need by designing aerial lift cranes that combines the highest level of design with the highest level of quality.
“I think that safety is the most important sector for our customers and our equipment is known to be strong. The My Inner Strenx certification makes our customers rely on the products as they trust the SSAB brand,” said Soo-jeong Lee, Senior Researcher at Horyong.
She has worked at Horyong for ten years and describes how Strenx performance steel is integrated as an imperative part of the aerial lift trucks design.
“Most of the steel that we use in our vehicles is SSAB’s high-strength steel. When we design our truck-mounted aerial lifts and ladder cars for operations in high places, we use 90 to 95 percent Strenx steel in the equipment. The steel plate series is reliable and gives the customers the trustworthiness that they seek. Because, when operating in such high places a lot of shaking and bending can contribute to dangerous situations that the customers of course want to avoid,” she said.
The 68,359 m² plant of the South Korean company Horyong is situated in Gimje, in the southwest part of the country. From here they ship aerial lift trucks, cargo cranes and eco-friendly electric self-propelled cranes all over the country, as well as export the products to countries around the world.
Truck-mounted aerial lifts are mainly used in construction and other work sites that are situated in high places, such as building maintenance. The vehicles improve logistics to high buildings, lifting heavy material and moving heavy objects. With 28 years of R&D efforts, Horyong produces the tallest ladder and aerial lift vehicles in South Korea – the highest of these reaching 75 meters up in the sky. In order to make the trucks able to be more efficient by lifting more material and reaching higher up, the structure needs to be as light as possible.
“Strenx steel improves the quality of our products. By making vehicles out of SSAB’s high-strength steel I think we will be able to knock out more excessive weight and continue to achieve even more innovative designs,” said Soo-jeong Lee.
Horyong Sales Manager Park Cheol agrees that the lightweight, yet high-strength steel from SSAB will help the company to innovate new and better products.
“We use SSAB’s Strenx steel plates to be able to follow the current global trend, which is making equipment light-weight. I think that this is something we can utilize in the future in the market for heavy operations, to reduce the weight and achieve even more efficient work,” he said.
Park Cheol feels that the partnership between SSAB and Horyong is a win-win relationship.
“We are manufacturing specialty purpose vehicles and the Strenx steel is the perfect fit for these challenging jobs. In addition, I think SSAB contributes greatly in the development of our commodities. As we are part of the My Inner Strenx program, SSAB provides us with extensive and prioritized support on the technicalities of the steel plates so we learn more about how we can use them, and consequently develop new products. I'm sure that this collaboration is going to continue to bring us even better results in the future,” he said.
Horyong Compnay Ltd. was established in 1990 in Gimje, South Korea and started to produce areal lift trucks in 1991. The current production site, with four factories spread over the 68,359 m2 plant in Gimje, was built in 2015. The company produces vehicles for operations in high places, such as ladder-lift trucks, aerial lift trucks, jib cranes and carry deck cranes vehicles with CE (Europe), CCC (China), ANSI (USA) and CUTR (Russia) certifications. They also manufacture electrical self-propelled cranes and other energy saving CPT (Concrete Pump Truck) vehicles. Horyong is a global company and has received the South Korean state-funded KOTRA Seal of Excellence for which companies are qualified according to three major criteria: quality, high technology, and trustworthiness.
SSAB’s steel used in Horyong’s products
SSAB Strenx® 700 performance steel
SSAB Strenx® 900 performance steel
SSAB Strenx® 960 performance steel
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