New press line ensures the future 2 minutes spent reading
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New press line ensures the future

Volkmar Held

On October 1, 2015, representatives of major customers, local politicians, and suppliers attended the official opening of press line 5 at voestalpine Polynorm BV in Bunschoten.

Presentation of the first press parts

Presentation of the first press parts (from left to right): Mr. Willibrord van Beek, King’s commissioner in the Dutch province of Utrecht, Mrs. Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink, President of the Association FME-CWM, the Dutch employers’ organization in the technology industry, Mr. Josef Lamplmayr, Managing Director voestalpine Polynorm B.V./Managing Director voestalpine Polynorm GmbH & Co. KG, Mr. Melis van de Groep, Mayor of Bunschoten, Mr. Peter Bernscher, Member of the Management Board of voestalpine Metal Forming Division/Head of Business Unit Automotive Body Parts

With this investment amounting to EUR 21.5 million, voestalpine Polynorm is ensuring the future of the site in the Dutch town of Bunschoten for the long term. The now six hydraulic press lines primarily produce exterior skin components for premium automobile manufacturers and automobile spare parts.

An important partner for our customers

New press line 5

New press line 5 right after the opening

In his speech, Peter Bernscher, member of the Board of the Metal Forming Division, emphasized the importance of this location: “Bunschoten is an important partner for our customers in Western Europe and Scandinavia and has been demonstrating continuing growth for the last three years. Therefore, the Press Shop 2020 program is also a recognition of the competence and performance of the specialists here in Bunschoten.” This program represents an investment of EUR 40 million and will provide long-term security for the site.

New line with diverse advantages

The line, which was installed in an expanded production hall, provides voestalpine Polynorm with numerous advantages, for example:

  • more flexible production;
  • production of highly complex components made of steel and aluminum;
  • very short tool change times;
  • significant increase in output.

Production at the site appeals to all major automobile manufacturers

Press line 5 with the first pressed parts

Press line 5 with the first pressed parts

Many representatives of strategic company customers were present at the opening. Particular attention has been paid to fulfilling customers’ desire for high quality products produced through state-of-the-art press technology.

This also applies to the use of aluminum, which is now possible throughout production.