ArcelorMittal’s plant in Trévoux (Rhône-Alpes, France) will install two innovative production tools to produce customised heat exchangers for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. This new activity adds to the current welding and machining offer at the site which is part of SoluStil, the leader in sheet metalwork and a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal. The €450,000 investment will help expand and strengthen the plant’s activities by supplying added-value solutions to its customers.
The Trévoux plant will be equipped with a roller – forming tubes from steel plates – and a 3,200mm wide welding rail (tube welding), giving the plant the ability to produce the internal tubes used in heat exchangers. Until now, the Trévoux plant had to buy tubes from specialists and then weld other elements from the exchanger (tube plates and accessories) using a robot. Now, products will be assembled from plates that are directly supplied by the ArcelorMittal group.
Producing its own tubes gives the plant an important competitive advantage, since it will be able to adapt the tubes in terms of dimensions and steel quality to meet customers’ requirements. The new welding machine, which welds in one step instead of two, will reduce the production process time by 40%.
With these new machines, the site will be able to support the growth of Carrier, the world’s leader in air conditioning in particular, by providing a full range of solutions to meet their needs.
Frédéric Mann, Trévoux plant director, said: “This investment, which is critical for the steel sheet market, further strengthens our plant’s activities. Thanks to the investment, we are evolving from being a metal parts supplier to a solutions provider. The Trévoux site will now become a specialist in producing and assembling heat exchangers to meet our customers’ needs, thanks to the innovative production processes now in place”.
SoluStil is a leading a leading sheet metalwork company driven by high quality and innovation. Mastering a wide range of processes, we are able to produce state-of-the-art design solutions from basic parts to critical functions that meet the specific needs of our wide variety of customers.
On the industrial side, we work with key players in major markets such as aerospace, railway, automotive, agriculture and construction equipment, machining tools, building equipment, energy and infrastructure. SoluStil works in strong partnership with its customers to provide key research and development and industrial support, particularly in niche markets.
As part of the ArcelorMittal group, SoluStil has a presence in continental Europe thanks to its network of sites dedicated to sheet metalwork and is developing partnerships in the Middle East and BRIC countries.
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries and an industrial footprint in over 20 countries.
In 2013, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $79.4 billion and crude steel production of 91.2 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 58.4 million tonnes.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
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