The groundbreaking ceremony for the "New Heat Treatment Line" project took place in the presence of Saxony-Anhalt’s Minister President Dr. Reiner Haseloff and Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann, Minister for Economic Affairs, on September 19, 2018. This is the largest single investment in the history of Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH (ILG), a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Chief Executive Officer of Salzgitter AG, and senior executives of ILG are to present the investment project that will cost in excess of € 150 million. The new heat treatment line is the main project component through which Salzgitter AG concentrates the heavy plate activities of ILG and positions the company securely for future requirements. It comprises two roller-hearth furnaces, a MultiFlex-Quench®, a leveling machine, a blasting facility, a preservation line and a water treatment system. Implementation has been scheduled for the spring of 2020.
Since taking over the site in 1992, the Salzgitter Group has invested more than € 400 million in Ilsenburg. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Chief Executive Officer of Salzgitter AG, made the following statement on the "New Heat Treatment Line" project: "This ground breaking investment evidences the clear commitment of the Salzgitter Group to heavy plate production in Ilsenburg and proves that, with us, restructuring and future-proofing go hand in hand. It is also an expression of the appreciation and the trust that the Executive Board, the Group Management Board and the Supervisory Board have in the motivation, qualification and the loyalty of the workforce in Ilsenburg."
More than 200,000 tons of heavy plate can be annealed and subsequently processed further in the new plant that has been designed for plate in thicknesses between 5 and 175 millimeters, with widths of 600 to 3,500 millimeters. In lengths of between 4 and 24 meters, the plate has a maximum weight of 28 tons.
The energy-efficient heat treatment line fulfills the highest standards placed on quality and energy efficiency. With its extremely flexible cooling-down strategies, the integrated MultiFlex-Quench® enables the production of a broad product portfolio, including particularly sophisticated heavy plate grades. The materials spectrum comprises ultra strength carbon steels, wear resistant steels, steels alloyed with nickel, steels for the offshore construction of wind turbines, steel grades for pressure vessel construction, as well as case-hardened, quenched and tempered steels, to name a few.
The Investment in the "New Heat Treatment Line" with a volume of more than 150 million Euro is currently the biggest single investment in Saxony-Anhalt. It is the next logical step of our product range development of the last years. Hereby, we ensure a long-term top Position of Ilsenburger Grobblech in international competition.