Kanthal®, part of Sandvik Group specializing in heating technology products and solutions, has expanded its portfolio of furnace rollers to include nickel chromium (NiCr) rollers that are used in low temperature furnace zones. Customers can now achieve cost savings by using Kanthal as a ‘one stop shop’.

The addition of centrifugally cast NiCr rollers complements Kanthal’s existing range of Kanthal APMTTM rollers for use in critical hot zones. Kanthal APMTTM furnace rollers are produced through a powder metallurgy process that gives the material high mechanical strength, designed for ideal use at elevated temperatures of up to 1250 °C (2280 °F).

“We have now expanded our range to include NiCr rollers for lower temperature applications. These are affordable and very cost-effective to run and maintain,” said Xavier Palet Lozano, Global Product Manager at Kanthal.

To offer cost savings to customers, the range of  Kanthal APMTTM furnace rollers, with higher mechanical strength at elevated temperatures, has been extended to include centrifugally cast nickel chromium (NiCr) rollers.To offer cost savings to customers, the range of Kanthal APMTTM furnace rollers, with higher mechanical strength at elevated temperatures, has been extended to include centrifugally cast nickel chromium (NiCr) rollers.

Through the newly expanded portfolio, customers can achieve additional cost savings by using Kanthal as a single supplier. Xavier Palet Lozano added: “As a result, we can now offer our customers a complete range to meet all their furnace roller demands.”

In addition, Kanthal will showcase its complete range of furnace rollers at two major exhibitions in the United States and Germany. Both events are scheduled for this month.

About Kanthal® – Part of Sandvik Group

As part of the Sandvik Group, the Kanthal® brand represents world class expertise in heating technology products and solutions. The Sandvik Group is a global high technology enterprise with 43,000 employees in 130 countries. Sandvik’s operations are concentrated on three core businesses: Sandvik Machining Solutions, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology and Sandvik Materials Technology.

The Kanthal business is part of Sandvik Materials Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding industries, metal powder as well as products for industrial heating.

Environmental awareness, health and safety are integral parts of our business and are at the forefront of all activities within our operation. We hold approvals to, for example, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

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PrimeTurning™ now accessible on multi-task machines and VTLs

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new range of CoroTurn® Prime multi-task and axial type tool holders to help machine shops implement the new PrimeTurning™ methodology, which enables turning in all directions. The introductions allow users to maximise the benefits of PrimeTurningon multi-task turn-mill centres and vertical turning lathes (VTLs). Complementing the company’s existing radial tool holders, Sandvik Coromant now has a complete offer for PrimeTurning operations.

One of the highlights of the range is the CoroTurn Prime Twin tool holder for multi-task machines. Both CoroTurn Prime A- and B-type inserts can be mounted together on Twin tool holders, allowing manufacturers to undertake roughing with a B-type insert before switching to finishing with an A-type insert, for example.

2017 10 06 071930Both CoroTurn A- and B-type inserts can be mounted together on Sandvik Coromant’s CoroTurn Twin tool holders for multi-task machines.

”Modern multi-task machines are intended for the complete machining of components but typically have a slow tool changing time, often around 15-20 seconds,” says Håkan Ericksson, Product Manager General Turning at Sandvik Coromant. ”As a result, the new Twin holder will save customers a considerable amount of time when changing tools.”

As a further advantage, B-axis machining on multi-task machines permits the operator to program the angle of the tool in precise increments. When the machine cuts using its B-axis, a lot of accessibility is created using neutral holders. In combination with streamlined operations, this delivers the potential for huge time saving and productivity increases to help manufacturers reduce tooling inventories and achieve competitive gains.

Six new multi-task tool holders are being introduced, which are mounted at a 45° angle for B-axis machining and can be used with either CoroTurn Prime A-type or B-type inserts. Options for multi-task machines include four tool holders (one-insert only) and two Twin tool holders (two inserts). The CoroTurn Prime Twin tool holder is available for use with Coromant Capto® C5 – C8 size.

A range of axial tool holders for vertical turning lathes is also part of the range, which means that Sandvik Coromant now has a complete offer for PrimeTurning: axial, radial and multi-task tool holders. In total, eight dedicated tool holders for axial mounting are being launched. This type of tool holder is compatible with most types of vertical lathes, and is available in Coromant Capto for use with either CoroTurn Prime A-type or B-type inserts.

Although PrimeTurning is applicable to the entire general turning area, machine shops with large batch sizes (automotive) are set to benefit most, as will those machining large components (aerospace), where there is a need to reduce tool changes, set-up time and production stops.

Ultimately, the all-directional PrimeTurning method and CoroTurn Prime tools will ensure that manufacturers can complete their turning operations in a much more efficient way. Compared with conventional turning, a 50-80% increase in productivity, along with 1.5–2 times more tool life, can be achieved.

For more information visit www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-gb/products/coroturn_prime

Sandvik Coromant

Part of global industrial engineering group Sandvik, Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations demanded by the metalworking industry now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing. Sandvik Coromant owns over 3100 patents worldwide, employs over 8,000 staff, and is represented in 150 countries.

For more information visit www.sandvik.coromant.com

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:34

Silent turning, digitally connected

Silent Tools™ + connectivity strengthens offer for Industry 4.0

With an advanced solution that enables manufacturing companies to take steps towards digital machining and Industry 4.0, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has introduced connectivity capability to its renowned series of Silent Tools tool holders. The innovation is offered as part of the company’s CoroPlus® suite of connected solutions for machine shops keen to embrace the rapidly advancing trend of industry digitalization.

Among a number of enhancements, the latest Silent Tools technology for internal turning at long overhangs now feature embedded connectivity within the adaptor. Named Silent Tools™ +, this solution enables data from the machining process to be collected and sent to a dashboard, giving the operator a valuable insight into what is happening inside slender tubular components. For instance, it will be possible to detect if there is too much vibration or if the surface quality is at risk of being compromised. Furthermore, operators will be able to reduce the time that the machine runs without the tool in cut.

SC016 Image1 Silent Tools LRESSilent Tools + offers embedded connectivity within the adaptor, enabling real-time data from the machining process to be collected and analysed by the operator.“The combination of CoroPlus connectivity and Silent Tools damping technology makes this a solution that shows the technical heights we can expect from the machining solutions of the future,” says Åke Axner, Product Manager Silent Tools Turning Adaptors at Sandvik Coromant. “Silent Tools + turning adaptors with embedded connectivity support our overall CoroPlus strategy, which enables customers to work more efficiently.”

By way of example, the Silent Tools + vibration indicator is able to detect issues with machining at an early stage, helping to prevent vibration-associated issues such as noise, poor surface quality, and accelerated tool wear. Furthermore, centre height setting functionality displays the level of the cutting edge, so that it can be quickly and easily set according to requirements. The result is better machining performance and longer tool life.

The range of Silent Tools from Sandvik Coromant is designed to minimise vibration through a pre-tuned dampener inside the tool body that consists of a heavy mass supported by rubber spring elements. The benefits of this design are multi-faceted, allowing machine shops to increase metal removal rates, improve surface finish, secure the process or reduce production costs.

The Silent Tools + turning adaptor also includes a new Wedge Lock quick-change interface between the adaptor and cutting head. The fast and accurate cutting head changes this facilitates will appeal to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, for machining components such as landing gear components, and in oil and gas, where the machining of long tubular parts are commonplace. As the cutting heads use CoroTurn® TR inserts, options exist for a wide variety of materials.

For more information visit coroplus.sandvikcoromant

Sandvik Coromant

Part of global industrial engineering group Sandvik, Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations demanded by the metalworking industry now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment, and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing. Sandvik Coromant owns over 3100 patents worldwide, employs over 8,000 staff, and is represented in 150 countries.

For more information visit www.sandvik.coromant.com or join the conversation on social media.

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Paul Storey joins Sandvik’s sales team

Sandvik has announced the appointment of Paul Storey, who will take on the role of Key Accounts Manager at Halesowen, West Midlands, UK.

2017 08 02 092229Paul Storey has joined the Sandvik team in Halesowen, West Midlands, UK, as Key Accounts Manager.

Paul, who previously worked in the steel stockholding industry, has experience within sales and business development. He brings a wealth of knowledge of both products and materials; tube and piping products; stainless, carbon, duplex and nickel alloys; and of applications to the steel, oil and gas, processing and manufacturing industries.

In his new position, Paul's main focus will be on developing existing accounts and building relationships with new clients through his full understanding of their technical and material requirements.

In addition, he will work closely with the internal sales, technical marketing and marketing development teams with a focus on evolving and servicing accounts.

Paul said: “Sandvik has an impressive reputation throughout the steel manufacturing industry, so I am thrilled to be joining the sales team in this exciting new position. I am particularly looking forward to meeting with our customers, and attending industry exhibitions and networking events.”

When away from work, Paul, a family man, spends most of his free time supporting his sons in their grassroots football.

Sandvik Materials Technology

Sandvik Materials Technology is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding environments, as well as products and systems for industrial heating.

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Sandvik has opened a new distribution center in Singapore to meet increasing demand for its advanced stainless steel and special alloy products, particularly in South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

The new Sandvik distribution center, which is strategically located adjacent to Changi Airport, East Singapore, is key to the company’s customer service commitment as well as its expansion plans in the region.

“To improve our customer service in the Asia region, we are establishing a distribution center in Singapore offering significantly shorter lead-times to the market. Opening the new facility means we are able to bring our products closer to our customers, cutting response times significantly and enabling quicker deliveries,” explained Pär Burefjord, Logistics Manager for Sandvik in APAC.

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John Lim, Managing Director for Sandvik South East Asia, cuts the ribbon and delivered a speech at the opening of Sandvik’s new distribution center in Singapore.

“Our aim is to be able to offer 24 hour delivery to all APAC markets including India, China and Australia by air and three-to-ten days by vessel.”

Sandvik already operates two distribution centers in Singapore for its mining and machining products, but will now open a third for tube, strip, wire, welding products and heating systems.

“With an expanded and consolidated stock profile and automated stock replenishment, we can provide customers with an even greater service,” said Pär Burefjord. “By taking full advantage of our local material stocks and more efficient logistics, customers could actually reduce their own stock profiles, freeing up valuable manufacturing space.”

The new distribution center boasts an impressive capacity and will accommodate tube products such as seamless high temperature tubes and furnace tubes, as well as stainless steel hollow bar for component manufacturers. The center will also stock an extensive program of welding consumables, precision wire and Kanthal® resistance wire and furnace products.

Magnus Brodin, Regional Sales Director for Sandvik in APAC, Tube Core & Standard Products, added, “Inauguration of our new distribution center in Singapore demonstrates our commitment to our customers in South East Asia and the wider APAC market. It expands our presence in the market, increasing competitiveness and facilitating Sandvik’s growth in the region.”

Sandvik Materials Technology

Sandvik Materials Technology is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding environments, as well as products and systems for industrial heating.

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On Tuesday, October 4th 2016, Sandvik inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art, fully automated ultrasonic testing facility for pipes to the oil and gas industry.

“Seeing this major investment come on-line is a substantial achievement for all involved, and a key milestone in Sandvik’s enhanced strategic focus on demanding applications within the oil and gas industry, such as OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods),” said Per Olsson Artberger, Sandvik Global Product Manager for OCTG.

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Sandvik has inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art, fully automated ultrasonic testing facility for pipes to the oil and gas industry. The new facility puts Sandvik in a world leading position as a manufacturer of OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods).

“This new ultrasonic testing facility allows us to increase our capabilities and capacity significantly. Despite the current downturn in the oil and gas market, we see continued good business opportunities for Sandvik material grades, especially in the Middle East and Caspian Sea regions. What the new, automated facility provides us with is a much speedier throughput and greatly enhanced testing capabilities which meet the toughest requirements from customers in this segment.”

Sandvik took the decision to invest in the new facility as the energy sector, including oil and gas, is a key focus in the company’s strategic direction. Ultrasonic testing was the limiting factor in achieving maximum output with the existing facility. To solve this, Sandvik has invested not only in capacity but also state-of-the-art technology to meet the industry’s toughest requirements for defect detection.

“The new facility allows us to meet and exceed all customer requirements and puts Sandvik in a world leading position as a manufacturer of OCTG,” said Per Olsson Artberger. “It also builds on the strategic alliance between Sandvik and Tenaris on the exclusive joint supply of corrosion resistant alloy OCTG materials and technology to the oil and gas industry.” 

Work commenced on the project in August last year, with commissioning and site acceptance testing taking place prior to the test facility’s inauguration.

Per Olsson Artberger added: “Today, the completed project speeds up production and the new facility eliminates what was sometimes a bottleneck in the production chain. We now meet the most exacting standards of the industry.”

Sandvik Materials Technology

Sandvik Materials Technology is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding environments, as well as products and systems for industrial heating.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 08:18

Paul Brown joins Sandvik’s Field Sales

Joining the Sandvik Core & Standard Products team at Halesowen, West Midlands, is Paul Brown. Paul joins the sales team as Field Sales for Scotland, North East and Cumbria.

2016-08-16 081803Formerly having worked in stockholding and manufacturing, Paul has extensive expertise in sales, customer service and business development. His experience includes the steel industry, oil & gas and manufacturing where he was responsible for material sourcing, contract reviews and tendering as well as package building. He has an in-depth technical knowledge across tube, pipe and bar products.

In his new role Paul will be visiting customers and working closely with the internal sales team at Halesowen on the development of new accounts, and developing business and relationships with existing customers.

“I have already had the opportunity to meet some of our customers and am looking forward to building a closer, supportive relationship enhancing the range of Sandvik products we supply in to key industry sectors,” said Paul Brown.

A keen musician, Paul plays the piano and key boards and used to perform in a band. When time allows he also enjoys restoring classic cars.

Sandvik Materials Technology

Sandvik Materials Technology is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys for the most demanding environments, as well as products and systems for industrial heating.

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An innovative, all-new Welding App will be launched on the Sandvik stand at Tube 2016 specifically designed with on-the-job functionality to meet welding professionals’ requirements when planning and performing welding projects.

2016-04-08 092659Sandvik welding specialists will be on the stand at Tube 2016 to demonstrate the unique features of the App and answer visitors’ questions. From the start of the exhibition, the new Welding App, Sandvik Welding, is available and free to download for phones and tablets from the App store for Apple and Google.play for android devices.

Built with ease of navigation, the new App brings extensive information to hand for welding engineers, welders, specifiers, project engineers and owner operators. Brimming with useful technical data it allows users to plan which grades to choose for which jobs, make ferrite calculations, determine the level of heat input for a specific grade, select filler material and get help.

There is full information on welding parameters, gas shielding, maximum interpass temperatures and post weld treatments. All calculations and recommendations are designed to help operators and planners ensure a good weld metallurgy being achieved in the weldment while maintaining optimum material properties.

“We believe the new Welding App to be the most comprehensive available today, providing welding engineers with a vast amount of informative data and practical functions. All created to meet customers’ welding needs in a handy form right to their phone or tablet,” explained Clemente Tallarico, Sandvik Global Product Manager Welding.

The App was designed following years of experience in helping solve complex project applications and continuous consultation with and feedback from customers. “It is this close cooperation with our customers that helps us ensure that the data presented in the App is as close as possible to the information welding engineers find helpful in their everyday operations,” added Clemente Tallarico.

Complementing the App is the recently launched Sandvik Welding Handbook. A downloadable and web-generated pdf, which is available exclusively online, it contains comprehensive product information and data sheets. As soon as new grades or information are added, both the App and the Handbook pdf are automatically updated. The newest version of the pdf can be found at and downloaded from: http://smt.sandvik.com/welding-handbook

Already planned for subsequent versions of the App is the possibility to make calculations for consumable consumption and select the most suitable weld overlay cladding solution from Sandvik’s extensive welding consumable portfolio.

More about Sandvik
Sandvik is a world-class developer and manufacturer of stainless steels and special alloys for demanding environments as well as products and systems for industrial heating. And for more than 80 years, we have been one of the leading global suppliers of welding materials for stainless steel and nickel alloys.

The development of welding materials always goes hand-in-hand with the development of our new steel grades. This means that you can use our material innovations and can rest assured that the matching welding materials will maintain the required quality for both industry standards and your own company’s particular needs.

Sandvik controls the entire steel making process – from the melt to finished product. This is why all Sandvik products are characterized by chemical composition within close tolerances, mechanical control and consistency between heats and batches.

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Adding to its already significant material grade program, Sandvik has introduced Sanicro 60 (commonly known as Alloy 625) in hydraulic and instrumentation (H&I) tubing and heat exchanger form, offering considerable operational benefits particularly for customers installing equipment in harsh environments.

The high strength, austenitic nickel-chromium alloy Sanicro 60 (UNS N06625), exhibits very good resistance to pitting corrosion, intergranular corrosion and is virtually immune to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in chloride containing environments.

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Ideal for use in chemical processing, power generation and high temperature aerospace applications, the material is available in seamless pipe and also as H&I tubing, heat exchanger tubes and high temperature tubes. It has extremely good corrosion resistance in severe oxidizing and non oxidizing acids including hydrochloric, nitric and phosphoric, as well as in high temperature applications. Sanicro 60 has a wide operating temperature range from -196˚C to 815˚C (-321˚F to 1500˚F).

The grade’s low carbon content combined with high nickel, chromium, molybdenum and nitrogen levels provides it with an outstanding resistance to corrosion in chloride containing environments, including seawater and hot geothermal fluids. This is reflected by the high Pitting Resistance Equivalent number of PRE>48, which is a measure of the relative pitting corrosion resistance of the material in chloride-containing environments.

Sanicro 60 seamless nickel-chromium alloy tube is supplied bright annealed in the outside diameter range 6 – 42 mm (0.25 in – 1.625 in) and wall thickness 0.89 – 5.00 mm (0.035 in – 0.197 in). H&I tubing is available in straight lengths and coils, supplied annealed (Grade 1) and solution annealed (Grade 2). Stock will be available for most common sizes.

The material grade has excellent fabrication properties and can be welded using standard austenitic stainless steel welding processes. Post weld treatment is not necessary as it is resistant to intergranular corrosion even after welding.

By expanding the product portfolio and also the stock profile to include Sanicro 60, Sandvik is enhancing its position as a trusted ‘one-stop-shop’ for its customers for all their corrosion resistant material requirements, in order to help them satisfy optimal materials performance and project value.

Sandvik is also pleased to announce the development of another grade to be added to the nickel family: Alloy C-276, a nickel and molybdenum-chromium alloy designed for excellent resistance to pitting, Stress Corrosion Cracking and to oxidizing atmospheres and seawater. The material is currently undergoing manufacturing trials.

The first 1,010 meter coiled tube reel is to be symbolically delivered on 10.10.2016 for a demanding offshore oil and gas customer.

To meet a growing need for coiled tubing in very long lengths, Sandvik’s high-precision tubing unit in Werther, Germany has developed a breakthrough method enabling the production of stainless tubing in lengths exceeding 1,000 meters from a single 125 kg hollow – with zero welds! The new production technique – a combination of sophisticated pilgering, precision drawing and proprietary processes – is expected to be highly beneficial for the oil and gas and other industries.

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“No matter how skilled you are at welding, there is always a risk of cracking or corrosion,” says Christofer Hedvall, Managing Director of the high-precision tubing unit. “With our new production method, we take risk completely out of the equation.” He notes that rig crews, well completion teams and other professionals working in challenging environments are looking for safe, time-saving methods supported by a continuous supply of weld-free material.

The new technology will be presented at Tube 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, from April 3-4 at the Sandvik stand E47 in Hall 03. Production is expected to be up and running at its facility in Werther by June with the first 1,010 meter coiled reel order supplied on October 10, 2016. While the initial order is from the oil and gas sector, Sandvik anticipates that other industries could find this extended-length technology to be useful as well.

“This is the result of an ongoing innovation journey that started some years back,” says Mr. Hedvall, noting that the company is now introducing nickel alloy tube Alloy 625 (Sanicro™ 60) and Alloy C276 (Sanicro™ 56), has received ISO 50001 certification (a major part of the Green Factory approach), NORSOK approval and DIN EN 9100 qualification.

“We’re striving to provide complete ‘precision performance’ solutions to the aerospace, oil and gas, medical and other industries. Our customers want more choice and flexibility both in terms of materials and formats,” he says.

The Werther operation, which produced its first stainless steel tubes in 1957, specializes in thick walled tubing (1-70 mm OD), extreme pressures (700 bar, or 10153 psi, up to 160,000 psi), exacting tolerances, low defects (50 µm max), extreme temperature and more. Many of these extreme needs for high-precision tubing are becoming increasingly acute as industry heads into the era of Industry 4.0, with higher needs for interconnected control.

Asked to forecast the future of precision tubing, Mr. Hedvall comments: “Sometimes the best way to predict the future is to invent it yourself, together with your customers.”

Demonstrations of tube bending on the Sandvik stand at Tube 2016 will be used to show the versatility and how the controlled hardness of Sandvik tube sets a standard of its own for easy bending and leak free connections of the company’s hydraulic and instrumentation tubing.

2016-04-08 091505“We are sure the demonstrations and the fact that people can have a go at bending the tube themselves will raise awareness of the quality of our products as well as show the marked difference in weight and strength between material grades,” explained Haydn Eagle, Sandvik Regional Sales Manager EMEA, Tube. “The exhibition provides us with an ideal platform to invite visitors to discuss any corrosion issues they are looking to resolve and in response explain how our products can help solve these issues.

“At Tube 2016 we will also be announcing the addition of an austenitic nickel-chromium material grade to our stock programme bringing with it operational benefits to customers installing equipment in harsh conditions.”

Of significant importance is the continuous and efficient operation of process plants, such as chemical, petrochemical, refineries and pulp and paper. These rely on the correct selection of seamless tube and pipe material grades for use in coolers, condensers, boilers and heat exchangers as well as in the hydraulic and instrumentation tubing, so important in plant control.

Displays will show smarter ways to combat corrosion and visitors can exchange ideas with Sandvik materials experts on the stand throughout the exhibition. “Discussions on the challenges of pitting, cracking and stress corrosion and how better alloys, duplex steels and top end austenitic alloys across our tube portfolio can help drive out corrosion in order to optimize plant operational productivity.

“The aim is to clearly demonstrate our ability to provide customers with pioneering, market leading solutions that not only bring increased operational benefits, but also provide true operational cost savings over the life of the equipment in which they are installed,” added Haydn Eagle.

Innovative seamless tube and pipe solutions in corrosion resistant alloys designed to provide operational benefits in some of the most demanding production environments in the world will be displayed on the stand. Complementary wire products from Sandvik, including some of the latest product offerings and welding consumables, will also be featured.

Presentations and demonstrations will take place on the stand throughout the exhibition, all designed to raise awareness of the operational benefits offered by Sandvik materials in demanding applications.