Press Release

Drahtwerk St. Ingbert puts new surface treatment plant into operation - Investment of 13.5 million euro in state-of-the-art technology

20 August 2014

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 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.

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