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Schuler To Deliver Largest Mechanical Forging Presses To Thyssenkrupp

Schuler To Deliver Largest Mechanical Forging Presses To Thyssenkrupp

In 2022, thyssenkrupp Gerlach is expected to start production on a Farina forging press from Schuler. Internal assembly for the 16,000-ton line one of the largest mechanical machines in the world has been completed in Suello, Italy, and after the test run the components with a total weight of 1,700 tons will make their way to the customer’s forging plant in Homburg, Germany.

The Farina GLF series presses cover forces from 750 to 16,000 tons. They feature a novel direct drive concept without connecting rods. Thus, the design engineers at Schuler and Farina succeeded in reducing the machine height compared to conventional presses. One result of the optimisation for hot forging is, among other things, a very high deformation reduction and thus a significantly reduced flash thickness on forging parts.

Farina had already supplied a 4,000-ton forging press to thyssenkrupp in 2008. Schuler had acquired the Italian press manufacturer based in Suello, the leading European supplier of forging lines in the mid-price segment, in 2018.

“This order shows that we have successfully completed our product portfolio with this acquisition,” said Schuler general manager Frank Klingemann.

 

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China’s Changzhou National Hi-Tech District Renews Partnership With ThyssenKrupp

China’s Changzhou National Hi-Tech District Renews Partnership With ThyssenKrupp

German multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp recently renewed its partnership with Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND), in Changzhou, representing its fifth investment in the Chinese city in five years.

ThyssenKrupp decided to move forward with an additional investment of US$200 million to build a global automotive electronic power steering (EPS) system facility in the district. As one of the world’s top 500 firms, ThyssenKrupp is the result of the merger of Thyssen and Krupp and has established its leadership in the steel refining sector, as well as the automotive parts and elevator manufacturing sectors.

With a focus on the high-tech manufacturing of automotive parts, the German conglomerate invested 25 million euros five years ago to set up ThyssenKrupp Steering System (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.

The conglomerate’s fifth investment in Changzhou will focus on the R&D and production of the world’s most advanced automotive EPS systems, which will vastly reduce the energy consumption of electric vehicles, giving drivers and passengers a better experience, while empowering unmanned driving technologies. Despite the negative effect that the current international economic situation and the COVID-19 pandemic are having on international economic cooperation, ThyssenKrupp remains upbeat about the prospects in China.

ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facilities in Changzhou have delivered increasingly exciting results, evidenced by sales from the Changzhou facilities growing 48.9 percent year on year in 2017, followed by a growth rate that advanced 85.9 percent in 2018 and 36 percent in 2019. ThyssenKrupp Presta Steering Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer Chen Min commented after the signing ceremony that thanks to CND’s favorable business environment and the five investments in Changzhou over a five-year period, China promises a brighter future for the company.

The registered capital of ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facilities in Changzhou has reached approximately 900 million yuan. Chen Min said: “Looking forward, Changzhou’s facilities will become our largest steering system manufacturing base around the world and their combined annual sales are expected to double to some 5 billion yuan in three to five years.”

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TÜV SÜD And Thyssenkrupp Innovations Sign MoU To Develop Additive-Manufacturing-Enabled Eolutions In APAC

TÜV SÜD And thyssenkrupp Innovations Sign MoU To Develop Additive-Manufacturing-Enabled Eolutions In APAC

TÜV SÜD, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with thyssenkrupp Innovations to establish the principles governing their cooperation in jointly developing the market for additive-manufacturing-enabled solutions in the Asia Pacific region. The companies will work together over a period of three years, starting with setting up industrial grade manufacturing solutions as well as testing, inspection and certification services for land transportation and mobility, and industrial plant services. The companies may expand the scope of the MoU to cover other sectors as well.

The partnership will combine thyssenkrupp Innovations’ expertise in part selection and design advisory services with TÜV SÜD’s capabilities in regulatory and non-regulatory testing and certification, to offer predictable innovation management solutions for customers, which will result in mitigating risk, investment security, easier access to global markets, and faster time-to-market. The combined capabilities of the two companies will enable them to expand their respective market reach and offer expanded services to existing as well as new customers. The two companies are currently working on testing and commercialising a train part for a leading train operator in the region to reduce the overall weight and improve its functionality significantly.

Mr. Holger Lindner, CEO of TÜV SÜD Product Service Division said, “The field of additive manufacturing (AM) is an integral pillar of Industry 4.0. AM presents new opportunities for serial production and supply chains but early adopters will need to navigate through uncertainties in this fast evolving technology. Through this collaboration with thyssenkrupp, we aim to inspire trust among the frontrunners and demonstrate Singapore’s readiness for industrial grade additive manufacturing.”

Mr. Jan Lueder, CEO thyssenkrupp RHQ Asia Pacific said, “thyssenkrupp has always stood for engineering excellence and innovation for over 200 years with deep experience in automotive, mobility and industrial plant sectors. Additive manufacturing delivers enormous potential to transform the region and level up vital sectors of the economy, reducing import dependence and simplifying supply chains. Additive manufacturing will surely be an innovative solution to further drive growth, as long as stakeholders work together to continue building awareness as well as create a supportive ecosystem for additive manufacturing adoption and development. The collaboration is thus a step towards this direction, and we are sure we will be able to provide best services to our customers.”

 

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Thyssenkrupp Orders Farina Forging Press

thyssenkrupp Orders Farina Forging Press

16,000 tons of concentrated press force, 1,700 tons of weight and a height of ten meters: The Farina forging press, which thyssenkrupp Gerlach ordered from Schuler in April 2019, is one of the world’s largest mechanical systems of its kind. Starting in 2021, the GLF 16000 machine will form truck front axles and crankshafts at the Homburg site.

Schuler had taken over the Italian press manufacturer Farina in 2018. It is the leading European supplier of forged lines in the mid-price segment. thyssenkrupp has been so satisfied with a 4,000-ton forging press, which Farina had supplied in 2006, that the company again opted for the GLF series – but this time for a four times more powerful model. Schuler will manufacture the large press at its Erfurt location.

360,000 components per year

“The main press of the new forging line will be the world’s first eccentric press of this size, capacity and output to go into operation,” says Dr. Franz Eckl, COO of the Forged Technologies business unit. “It will produce around 360,000 forged components per year.”

thyssenkrupp has been manufacturing forged components at the Homburg site since 1947. With a roughly 750-strong workforce it is one of the region’s biggest employers. Construction of the world’s most advanced forging line is scheduled to start in early 2020. The roughly 12,000 square meter facility will be built on the existing site, with completion and start of production planned for early 2021.

Chassis Components Powertrain-Independent

The plant has long been one of the most efficient production sites in thyssenkrupp’s global forging network. It is market leader for forged crankshafts, supplying automotive customers worldwide. The production of truck front axles will open up a new market and product segment for the company. These chassis components are powertrain-independent and will continue to be needed even when e-mobility starts to make greater inroads into the transportation sector.

thyssenkrupp’s “Forged Technologies” business unit is now one of the world’s largest forging operations with annual sales in excess of one billion euros. Its product portfolio includes forged and machined components and systems for the automotive, construction machinery and general engineering sectors. thyssenkrupp’s forging business currently employs around 7,500 people.

 

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Additive Manufacturing To Generate US$100 Billion Economic Value In ASEAN By 2025

Additive Manufacturing To Generate US$100 billion Economic Value In ASEAN By 2025

(L to R) Mr. Lim Kok Kiang and Dr. Donatus Kaufmann sign the certificate of collaboration marking the launch of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing Tec

thyssenkrupp has presented a white paper on additive manufacturing (AM) potential in the ASEAN region, a comprehensive research undertaken by the company as a prelude to the official launch of its AM TechCenter Hub in Singapore.

Titled “Additive Manufacturing: Adding Up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN”, the white paper provides deep insights and perspectives on the state of additive manufacturing in the ten member countries of ASEAN. The paper was developed by thyssenkrupp with the support and contribution of a multidisciplinary team of experts and partners in Singapore including the global industrial 3D printing leader EOS GmbH and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC).

The research shared exciting prospects for additive manufacturing in the ASEAN region, where current penetration is still relatively low despite wider acceptance globally. The extensive study noted several key highlights:

  • AM penetration in ASEAN today is small, accounting for only five to seven percent of Asia’s total AM spend estimated at $3.8 billion for 2019
  • However, there is huge potential for the ASEAN market given its contribution to the global manufacturing output. Manufacturing accounts for 20 percent of the region’s GDP, employs nearly 50 million workforce and is expected to grow at least three times in the near future
  • Additive manufacturing is estimated to generate around $100 billion of incremental value by 2025, impacting ASEAN’s projected real GDP by 1.5 to two percent
  • Opportunities via additive manufacturing will enable the reduction of ASEAN’s import dependence with the potential to impact at least $30 to 50 billion by localsing manufacturing closer to consumption and reducing overall import dependence by up to two percent for the region

It can also contribute in sustainable development and improve ASEAN’s competitiveness in already established global value chains across key sectors such as Automotive, Electronics, and Chemicals, as well as accelerate the region’s growth in industries like Aerospace, Medical Devices, and Healthcare.

Additive manufacturing would enable the ASEAN region to further advance its Industry 4.0 and skills development focus, and promote local entrepreneurship with the potential to create three to four million additional AM jobs for the region by 2030.

“As our study shows, additive manufacturing delivers enormous potential to transform the ASEAN region and level up vital sectors,” said Mr Jan Lueder, CEO of thyssenkrupp Regional Headquarters Asia Pacific. “Additive manufacturing will surely be an innovative solution to further drive growth in ASEAN, as long as stakeholders work together to continue building awareness as well as a supportive ecosystem for additive manufacturing adoption and development. We have found such an ecosystem in Singapore, and that is one of the key reasons in establishing our first additive manufacturing TechCenter Hub outside of Germany.”

Establishment of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore

The white paper comes at the heels of the establishment of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore. The TechCenter Hub, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), serves as the regional hub for the company’s existing TechCenter in Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany. The Singapore Hub, along with the Mülheim TechCenter, will focus on innovations around additive manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in marine and offshore, automotive, cement, chemical, mining and other heavy industries.

The presentation of the research was held at the official launch of the Singapore AM TechCenter Hub, which was attended by top executives from thyssenkrupp AG, representatives from the Singapore Economic Development Board, and key business partners and customers of thyssenkrupp in Asia Pacific. The launch was formally marked with a signing ceremony presided by Dr Donatus Kaufmann, Executive Board Member of thyssenkrupp AG, and Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, EDB.

“Our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany has been at the forefront of many innovations in AM,” shared Mr Lueder, “and we aim to bring these important and transformative innovations to our customers in the Asia Pacific region via the Singapore hub.”

“Singapore has invested more than $200 million in additive manufacturing-related research, to develop new capabilities that can better serve the growing demand in Southeast Asia. thyssenkrupp’s Singapore AM TechCentre Hub is an exciting and timely addition to our efforts in this area, leveraging our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to create innovative solutions for its customers, from Singapore. We look forward to working with thyssenkrupp in strengthening our status as an additive manufacturing hub for Asia Pacific,” said Mr Lim.

ASEAN’s ten member countries have varying degrees of additive manufacturing adoption, with many of these focused on developing the infrastructure and skills to leverage on this disruptive technology. Currently, Singapore has around 40 percent of the additive manufacturing market in ASEAN, followed by Malaysia and Thailand with the next 40 percent of the market by value. The research further indicates that along with a better understanding of additive manufacturing, its use and commercial value, partnerships and collaborations will be effective means to push for broader acceptance of the technology in the region.

“The biggest roadblock for additive manufacturing adoption is not the technology but lack of know-how today, and this is where we can create value for our customers building on our deep AM expertise,” said Mr Abhinav Singhal, Chief Strategy Officer for thyssenkrupp Regional Headquarters Asia Pacific and one of the authors of the white paper. “We believe that all stakeholders – governments, businesses, research institutions – should come together and harness the potential of additive manufacturing to truly transform the region’s industries and realise our shared vision of growth and development. The time to act is now.”

 

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Thyssenkrupp To Establish Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub In Singapore

Thyssenkrupp To Establish Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub In Singapore

thyssenkrupp will establish an Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore this year. The announcement – made at Hannover Messe 2019, illustrates the company’s initiative to bring its engineering and innovation capabilities to customers in Asia Pacific.

The future Singapore Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will serve as the regional hub for the company’s Mülheim TechCenter and aims to unlock the potential of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, for customers in Singapore and across Asia Pacific. thyssenkrupp first launched a dedicated TechCenter for additive manufacturing in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany in 2017, with capabilities to deliver the full spectrum of the additive manufacturing value chain.

“thyssenkrupp has always been at the forefront when it comes to innovation in engineering,” said Dr. Donatus Kaufmann, member of the executive board of thyssenkrupp AG and responsible for Technology and Innovation. “We have made great strides with our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany. Establishing a hub in Singapore now reflects our commitment to bring our transformative innovations closer to the Asia Pacific region to meet our customers’ needs.”

Dr. Kaufmann also added that the Singapore Hub not only strengthens thyssenkrupp’s presence and operations in Singapore and Asia Pacific, but also “gives us the opportunity to benefit from Singapore’s innovation ecosystem and to serve new customers in the Asia Pacific region.”

Additive manufacturing in Asia Pacific is expected to grow to more than $5.5 billion by 2025[1] and Singapore is certainly fertile ground for the innovation to grow. The Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 or RIE2020 Plan of Singapore, which is the country’s roadmap for research and development, includes additive manufacturing as one of the key enablers that will support the country’s push for leadership in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub is an exciting addition to Singapore’s growing ecosystem of additive manufacturing technology providers. We are delighted that thyssenkrupp has chosen to anchor the Center in Singapore. thyssenkrupp will be well-positioned to leverage our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to serve the needs of customers in Asia Pacific”, said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board. “The investment is further testament to Singapore’s growing reputation as a hub for additive manufacturing research and deployment in the region and beyond.”

thyssenkrupp’s TechCenter Hub in Singapore, together with the existing TechCenter in Germany, will focus on innovations around additive manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in automotive, capital goods, chemical, mining and other heavy industries. It will provide a complete range of additive manufacturing services from part identification diagnostics, project delivery to training and capability building. The TechCenter Hub will also host additive manufacturing engineers who will work together with their colleagues in Germany to develop various products and solutions leveraging on this innovation.

The announcement comes on the heels of another company milestone, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in February 2019. The MoU entails the partnership of DSTA and thyssenkrupp in working on new technologies such as additive manufacturing for naval applications.

[1]  “Global Additive Manufacturing Market, Forecast to 2025”, Frost & Sullivan, May 2016

 

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