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Products and solutions, 2006-05-18, 06:00 PM

ThyssenKrupp Umformtechnik opens stamping shop

ThyssenKrupp Umformtechnik GmbH, Bielefeld, today inaugurated a new stamping shop for automotive body parts at its Brackwede plant. The new production area, specializing in the processing of high-strength steels and large exposed and structural parts, took just under a year to complete. 40 new jobs have been created.

Measuring 10,800 m², the new shop will produce complex sheet metal parts in innovative steel grades for the auto industry. This extension to the site's capacities for exposed panels and large body parts includes a blanking line, a stamping line with robotic links plus - a technical highlight - a fully automated packing system for the stamped parts.

The investment is a sign of Bochum-based ThyssenKrupp Automotive AG's commitment to Germany as a production location. The skills and dedication of the workforce, their quality awareness, capacity for product and process innovations, problem-solving competency and flexibility tipped the balance in favor of expanding the Brackwede site in Bielefeld.

A further important factor is its proximity to customer production facilities. Especially for large, thin-walled stampings this minimizes the risk of transit damage. The new shop will allow just-in-time and just-in-sequence supply directly to OEM assembly lines.

The solar energy system integrated in the facade of the sheet stamping shop will generate around 13,000 kWh of electricity per year, cutting annual CO2 emissions by seven metric tons. The solar cells for the new 600 m² system were supplied by ThyssenKrupp Solartec.

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